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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:39 am 
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Looks great!!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:56 pm 
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Here is the latest project - some new broody/chick pens.
Most of the bits were, as usual, either from "behind th'shed" or the tip shop.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:01 pm 
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And in location. Now I just need something to break the BROODY DROUGHT.


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Now that is one stylish handyman !

I am having a lot of trouble with the amount of rain we have been having in keeping water out of the clucky pens. There has been much consultation with Mr TookTook and several attempts with LaserLite and similar to keep the rain out.

What is the material you have on your roofs? I notice yours are not completely covered - is that intentional or is the job just still in progress?.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:19 pm 
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The big square 'bedrooms' are fully covered and waterproof and are a bit more than a metre square. The profile of the gal. cladding on the roof allows flow thru ventilation.
Only the first 1/3 of the run is covered but there is plenty of rain proof area. If the weather is really wet I can add some more shelter.


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My problem is the sides are mesh only - great for future kiddie viewing of the chicks when they hatch but hopeless when the wind changes direction or there is overflow of rain from the un-gutterred neighbour's garage right onto the roof of one of the pens, creating 'splash back'. Yesterday after heavy rain 3/4 of the pen was wet - very noticeable when you are using sawdust pellets thankfully - had I been using the usual bedding I would not have noticed (sugar cane mulch).

I may end up recycling plastic table cloths if I can't find anything else!






Yours look very secure and watertight!.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:10 pm 
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Wow!
That looks all very interesting.
But i see the chicken farming in Australia is very different to that in Germany.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:14 pm 
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Elmar wrote:
Wow!
That looks all very interesting.
But i see the chicken farming in Australia is very different to that in Germany.

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Welcome to our Forum Elmar!

So how is it different? I am very curious (esp having German heritage!)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:18 pm 
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Thanks Elmar, but don't take this thread as typical of Australian chicken farming. There are all sorts of different approaches. I just have fun being creative.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:44 pm 
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Hallo,

it is not the creative stables.

Different is the size of the stables and the material.
The stables on the last Pictures are for chicks who are max. 4 weeks old.
The Recommendation for one chicken is, in Germany, 20 - 30 qm Spout.
But it is so. Other countries, other farmings.

Do you have any red bird mites?
Cracks and Corners are a fine home for the mites.
In Germany we have big Problems wit the mites.
The can drink a breeding hen empty in one knight.

The ideas are realy great and it Looks all very nice.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:34 am 
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Hi Elmar, the pens above are for a broody to hatch and raise her chicks to about 4 weeks. Then the hen would be removed and the chicks given more space. As adults they will free range most days except when in breeding groups. The Ute Canopy Pens earlier in this thread now all have a large enclosed run attached which the chooks access through a pop hole. We have similar guide lines here for minimum space per adult bird. The commercial poultry industry stocks chickens much more tightly than most backyarders do. We have to be careful as there are a lot of predators - foxes (introduced from England), birds of prey, roaming domestic animals and large snakes and lizards
Red mite is also a problem here and once you have them they are difficult to get rid of. I avoid using any wood in my pens except for hardwood for perches. So far I have been lucky and not had a problem.


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Hallo,

thanks for the info sue55.

    Then the hen would be removed and the chicks given more space.
Why you do that? Only for the space or have you another reason?
Isn´t it better when you breed in a breeder?

I only make natural breedings. My experience is that than the adult chickens have a better social behavior.

For example.
One year we have breed in a breeder.
My wife have to take care of the chicks because i must earn money.
Chicks are so cute :fead and she have nestled neatly. Soooo cute!
The end of the song.
The roosters are all agressiv agains my wife.
They thougt that my wife is a part of the group and they want to have them all together.
The roosters make that until now (One is at my neighbor), no problems with childrens, men or dogs.
Only the women must defense themselve.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:00 pm 
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Basically for more space although sometimes I move the whole family to a bigger pen. If possible the hen stays with the chicks until she begins to lay of takes them up on to a perch, then she goes back with the other hens so that she is not laying and eating medicated chick food.
I like to leave them together for as long as possible so that she can teach them some 'chook skills' but I don't let any one free range until they are adult (predators and chick health reasons).
I have about 8 breeds and use up to 16 roosters so during the breeding season space is precious and has to be well managed.
I prefer to hatch naturally but also run incubators and try to get the hens to adopt the incubated chicks if possible - much better than brooders.


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