Final chicken thing, I promise, really, honest...

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Project by jack1 posted 09-09-2009 09:05 AM 1614 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it took a while but they all roost at night. I also read somewhere yesterday that they need 17 hours of light to produce well so I put in a light on a timer and voila! The first egg arrived this afternoon and the second a couple of hours later! Finally. Enough with the chicken stuff, I promise… ;0)
Added a door a while later so that they could come out if they wanted to when it was stormy or cold.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 09:14 AM

Now you need a candle holder to candle your eggs :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 11:16 AM

Great news!!
Before you know it you’ll have so many eggs you won’t know what to do with all of them.

Awesome work : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 02:14 PM

it’s hard to ignore ,
a collection ,
of beauties
like these !

unless they start arguing
with you .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-09-2009 02:45 PM

I started out with over 40 chickens, 20 of which were “meat” chickens and what an experience it was.

After building the second chicken coop as you cant keep meat chickens and layers in the same coop…..$$ ching ching$$......then build a brooder, with heat lamps and chick feeders….$$ching ching$$.....then food and water dispensers, hay,more food and the endless chicken $#!t.

My meat chickens got big fast and they crapped out twice what they ate. Walking into the chicken coop was like walking through a mine field, constant explosions and note that their anus does not point down, as a matter of fact they can indeed point up and out…dodging cluster bombs and the stuff was like space shuttle glue.

I wound up with 14 surviving meat chickens that wieghed in at 9 pounds each, not bad at 40 bucks a pound it was quite simply…......a very bad math equation and despite the birds being free range, grain fed, they didnt taste any better then Swiss Chalet Chicken at 10 bucks a plate and they serve it and take away the dirty dishes

The layers…...well I dropped my first 5,000 dollar egg, I soon had so many eggs that the cartons consumed my beer fridge so when Mr Big Bad Wolf came by and ate all but 5….............I was actually relieved.

The wife still goes out and buys grocery store eggs and her and her kids refuse to eat the “raised” meat birds.

I decided to stick to cabinet making

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 09-09-2009 06:11 PM

Enjoy you chickens all you like. They make great pets. The eggs are just lagniappe.


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#6 posted 09-09-2009 07:56 PM

I know all about the expense. Really adds up…
Patron, if they start talk put away the Crown… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 02:35 AM

Jack if they start to talk


-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 02:48 AM

That would be something to really crow about….forgive me the pun…I couldn’t help myself.

I’ve had birds for many years…they are quite comical…and fun to observe now and then….they will keep your yard bug free…and will even take the mice to task (they love the little pinky mice). They get all the vegetable cuttings and table scraps from the house…and give you good compost/fertizer from the other end…The eggs are indeed a nice side (lagniappe) as Cherylv says. Mine don’t cost me more than a couple bucks for lay feed during the laying months…and a bit of time to shovel out the stuff to the compost heap…but we don’t have a lot of predators round here (mostly the opportunistic dog or two) no expensive coops just a run (to keep the dogs away at night) and a couple nesting boxes…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 09-10-2009 03:32 AM

finger licking good…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 09-10-2009 04:30 AM

my “Hats” off to KFC

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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