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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:34 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:22 pm 
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Great work Erika, and you can NEVER have too many training pens.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:10 pm 
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Sue sue I love what you's do. So much goodness in recycling. Keep up the pics, stories and the good life!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:48 pm 
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After my recent catastrophe where a fox broke into a pen and slaughtered 15 cockerals, it was time for a 'renovation'.
One upgrade which was needed was a permanent nest box which ideally would be accessible from outside the hen house.

Me - "Mr sue55, I'm going shopping"

Me - "Mr sue55, I'm back (from the Tip Shop) I need some help"

Mr sue55 - "mutter, mutter"


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The rod on the front of the nest box is the 'lock'.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:45 pm 
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My 16 year old son turned our old climbing fort into a "silkie shack". It has multiple hatches for cleaning and a great egg box, I love having my silkies seperate from the rest of the flock so they get EXTRA special treatment opposed to just special treatment :laughing We were going to advertise it free to a good home then we came up with this. Since the photos it has a chicken friendly garden surrounding it for nibbling at through the wire and a new paint job!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:02 pm 
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Love it honkcheep, and your son is worth keeping if he will do that stuff.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:28 pm 
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Yep I agree!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:39 pm 
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The girls have given their new nest box the thumbs up. 5 eggs from 7 hens the first day. YES!! - but of course they all laid in the same drawer????


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:27 pm 
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Yes, Sue55, they have a habit of: "If it is good enough for you, then it must be good for me" approach to egg laying.

I have been getting five eggs from my six hens, most days now :th The neighbours do not mind the rooster, as I keep giving them eggs :morebow


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:18 pm 
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The filing cabinet nest box is fabulous. And your girls have great filing skills! :)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:11 pm 
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Bit of a problem, chicks hatching in incubator and the 2 mums in waiting are not looking very committed, so the 3 week olds in the brooders need to be rehoused outside. The coop is warm enough during the day but they need to be cosy at night
Thinking, thinking


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:42 pm 
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1st night they had to be 'put to bed'. Hopefully they will soon get the hang of it themselves.


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I also made eggcellent use of a 3 drawer filing cabinet!

Because it needed to be free standing, I designed a side entrance for the chooks which meant I had to cut holes in the side of cabinet & matching holes in the drawers when closed.

The cluckles do like to use the cabinet but prefer the old mower catcher on top because it is higher & even taller inside. Plus it gives privacy yet still allowing the occupant to see out with ease through the slit vents. They seem to like to push their tail right up high against the back corner of the catcher. This is something they can't do as well inside the cabinet drawers.

I glued on rubber trim all around the cut edges to prevent injury & added little steps for them to alight to.

Recently I had the need to make a darkened cage for a chook so I attached a 90 x 90 x 90cm wire mesh pen to one side which now segregates the 3 drawers. 2 are now accessed from inside the new cage & the top drawer from on the roof of the new cage. Still plenty of boxes for all.

Having said that, there is often a line up of 3 hens to use the mower catcher!

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Just want to clarify that the tomahawk on the top of cabinet is NOT for use to despatch hens or shock them into laying! :shoc :laughing
I finely chop up bones from my meals which cluckles love. The bits go flying all over the place which is why I have the chopping block inside their shed.

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Couldn't resist taking these.

Barnevelder Roo enjoying a swing in the 'Batch Patch'


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Loving these great ideas! Absolutely brilliant!
Nothing better than finding a new use for something old.


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