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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:12 pm 
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Here are some pictures of my refrigerator cabinet brooders.

The cabinets have castors on the base (back) for easy moving.
Wire racks give security and the glass shelves can be adjusted to provide ventilation.
I use light shades (from the tip shop), fitted with table lamp wiring (tip shop - and it is so satisfying smashing some really ugly lamp bases to remove the wiring!)
40 watt incandescent globes are adequate although i have now found 60 watt incandescent reflector globes (dimmable so will put a dimmer switch in the lamp cord, and not have to adjust the temp by raising or lowering the light)
Blue globes emit heat but allow the chicks to sleep at night (a bonus as the brooder is outside our bedroom door) Additional lighting is provided during the day.
Proteq is my preferred bedding.

When brooding is completed the fridges are wheeled outside and hosed out and can be stored upright


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:55 pm 
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Mr Sue 55 made me two new pens.
Some pics showing the process.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:33 pm 
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Behind th'shed is a great place to find & store stuff!!
I just wish I HAD a shed to store stuff behind. I hate seeing junk laying around so I don't go on tip runs for fear of finding something I should store behind th'shed! :mrgreen:
The other thing I am completely envious of is that bobcat!!
Gosh I have SOoooo many things that need doing around here that would be so easy for me to do with a bobcat. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:42 pm 
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Hubby did suggest that the (nest box) shelf at the back of the canopy would make me a good bed - but he can't really complain as I think that he invents jobs so he can buy a new toy. The bobcat was justified so he didn't have to employ someone else to excavate for the last shed. It has well and truly earned it's keep.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:46 pm 
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Adding some of my junk, no where near as creative as what's been posted before me though!

Coop frame is made from old hardwood timber and some left over new pine from other jobs, tin from a dodgy veranda off a house my friends are renovating, as is the internal lining and weatherboards. The coop floor is from another friend; old jarrah decking/flooring. Bottom half is clad in left over picket offcuts from my front fence. Pen frame is new polypipe and star pickets, with battens left over from my friends house build. Not pictured is the pop door, channels made from part of the glass sliding doors that came out of my house, and the door the side off an old PC case. (lift up with pulleys).

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:49 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:58 pm 
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Looks great Azira - I love it when you can give a project a 'history' Thanks for posting.
Can we have a pic of the pulley door?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:00 pm 
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sue55 wrote:
Looks great Azira - I love it when you can give a project a 'history' Thanks for posting.
Can we have a pic of the pulley door?

I'll have to take one tomorrow, just need to remember to charge the camera!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:03 pm 
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It's all going to be painted the colour of the picket offcuts at the bottom, so it matched the rest of the house and adds another layer of protection to the old weatherboards. The rear door of the coop was initially going to be much bigger, but I realised I wouldn't be able to open it right up when I expand the aquaponics next to it, so it's a bit more awkward to clean but not greatly so.

Some other bits and bobs I've made, just for the hell of it!

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A few chick caves I've made, the bigger from bending wire mesh into shape, but the mini one (in next post) is made from a small hanging basket. I'm about to make another one from a bigger hanging basket, but this time try and fashion a removable tie-on cover from old t-shirts (that fabric I have found the best to use).

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:08 pm 
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The reason for using the cardboard boxes to start with is to get the chicks used to going in it, and blocking off any access they have to the sides of the cave so they can't get stuck outside of it. Once they understand that going under it means safety and warmth the box gets removed and they get the run of the whole brooder.

The first big cave I used a heat mat in it to add some warmth in the first few days but I found it wasn't necessary with the small one, partly because the weather was a bit warmer. I was thinking of getting some low wattage waterproof reptile heat cable and using it with the small caves to add initial warmth if needed (so it can be shaped to the dome top).


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:10 pm 
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One last one, my ultra pretty IBC bladder brooder, lol. I am thinking of making a folding rectangular one from some ply and piano hinges, one that I can put up on a table and access from a door in the side rather than the top. Hopefully it will stop us seeming so scary looming over the top of them when they are tiny, lol.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:19 pm 
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Love your hanging basket cave, Azira. Great idea! Well done!!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:17 pm 
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Thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:58 pm 
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sue55 wrote:
Can we have a pic of the pulley door?

So I'm lazy and forgetful and never got around to charging my phone, but halfway through taking the rope off the door to replace it I remembered to get a photo with my phone, lol.

It's not much to look at, I'll probably paint the vertical runners white to contrast with the wall colour when I eventually get around to painting the coop to match the house.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:03 pm 
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The Silkies house has just had a 'Make Over'

New nests (Two of those'Gift with Purchase' which come with a lawn mower). I would normally advise against such well lit nest boxes but these girls don't seem to mind.

A new feeder - a length of ducting from 'behind th'shed and some plumbing fittings -they figured it out within 5 minutes. Sized to hold a full bag of pellets.


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