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 Post subject: Re: Coop - take 2
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:20 pm 
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Cool!

What kind of upper surface are you thinking about for the run (I guess that is there the rocks are...?)?

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oops..no...

the run is the left hand side against the fence...approx 500mm high by 900mmm wide. Will be covered with 15mm square mesh on removable panels. The joins between the panels will have holes for trees to grow thru.

The stones will be covered in a concrete slab. Its on the south side of the house and gets no sun most of the year. Even the weeds struggle to grow.

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Concreting done - now for the fruit trees and mesh cover....

I think the girls can almost smell their freedom!

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The wall height is close to 500mm, plus the mesh will be 'angled' back to the fence giving a bit more height. Fruit trees will have a mesh ring around them as well.

Lavender, wormwood and Tansy to go along the garden bed. Potato vine is being trained across the coop itself....

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Looking good!

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Fruit trees in, mulch down... Supplies for the run cover in the shed....

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Nice. What have you planted?

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Hi Rach,

Duo plantings (1 ea) of : pink lady/gala apples, brown turkey/genoa figs and santa rosa/mariposa plums in the boxes and tansy (6), wormwood (6), peppermint (1), lavender (6) and rosemary (6) in the garden bed in front. There is also a choko and 2 potato vines on the side of the garden shed.

Once the run is covered and auto door installed, the chooks finally get some freedom :)

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Sounds great!!

I bet the chooks can't wait :)

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Every time I log back in to see whats been going on, and give an update of how my coop is progressing, I am amazed at how much time passes - how much people have achieved and how little I've done :-(

I'm not sure the appropriate emoticon here... :wee chasing the kids... :nail: too many unfinished projects.... :aaargh: running in circles .... :help:

Anyway! My progress since planting fruit trees in the chicken run... framework and wire for espaliering of said fruit trees was completed on the weekend. They are growing quickly now and need tie'ing back while they are still soft and supple.

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Planted lavender, tansy and artemisia along the front. More artemisia and peppermint in the actual run itself. Next job is to build the timber frame and chicken wire to enclose the base around the fruit trees. Hopefully another 6 months or so the trees/shrubs will be big enough to withstand a flock of hens (currently 5, plans for 10).

Otherwise the coop itself has been self sustaining - feed hopper is topped up once a year (no pests so far) never had to give them water (needed to clean the lubing cups a couple times) and the deep litter is working an absolute treat. Will probably put some lubing cups in the run itself to minimize that maintenance requirement.

Oh, and I picked up a branch mulcher free (now repaired) and now practically everything green goes to the chooks

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Wow - Sounds great. The planning and effort is paying off. :thumbs:


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Fantastic. So nice when a system works that smoothly and with so little maintenance (unfortunately I’m not speaking from personal experience, hehe!).

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wow that is sounding so well organised!

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 Post subject: Re: Coop - take 2
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Thanks guys. I'm pretty limited for space so have to make the most of it. An inability to eat shop bought eggs and being time poor doesn't help either.

Don't get me wrong - whilst it is working well, there are a couple improvements that need to be done...
1. rebuild the roost to accommodate 10 chooks. I had to cut one perch off and lower the other as the top birds were being very rude to the ones on the lower perch. The poop catching trays are working brilliantly though. Mixed 50/50 with garden soil and left in the hot box (black garbage bin) for 3-4 months and it comes out black gold.
2. the rain water tank is inaccessible in the back corner - needs to be relocated (somewhere) closer
3. the roll-away nest box in the garage shed makes for a very dusty/messy storage area. Need to enclose this with a box and a tightly sealing door.
4. a partial door across the coop shed to give more protection during winter and potentially solar lighting for this time of year to minimise the drop off in production.

Hope people get something from these insights :) Compact inner-city living with a dream of having acreage lol

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