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    I admire the type of life you're providing for the chickens. That's how it's supposed to be.
    The thought of animals raised in confinement sickens me.
    The fact that I contribute to this abuse via consumption makes me ashamed.
    There's a story of a farmer patting a steer on the back saying "I'm gonna give you a good life for awhile, and then you're gonna feed us for awhile"
    I believe that's the deal God intended, but we're not keeping our end of the deal. We're not giving them their good life. We must have respect for our food.
    Rant over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Maphesto View Post
    There's a story of a farmer patting a steer on the back saying "I'm gonna give you a good life for awhile, and then you're gonna feed us for awhile"
    I believe that's the deal God intended, but we're not keeping our end of the deal. We're not giving them their good life. We must have respect for our food.
    Rant over.
    My 26 year old "save the earth" daughter has been living with me for a while. So I'm now buying all sorts of stuff that's been "humanely raised" - eggs, chicken, even bacon! Same with organics, although I will buy conventional if the price is hugely different.

    Back to the topic - GREAT JOB on that chicken house!!
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    Very nice build series CJ! Those kits make a very attractive building. Unfortunately we do not see much post and beam construction here in the Midwest. Is the siding used for yours a cedar or something else? Will it have battens too?

    Nice job! Looking forward to seeing your completed project.
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    All of the framing lumber, beams, skids, joists and rafters are rough sawn hemlock. Hemlock is naturally insect and not resistant. It doesn't handle ground contact well but if kept off the ground and dry it will last for decades.

    The siding and all the trim is rough sawn pine 1" thick. Being that it is all rough sawn the lumber is all true demensional.

    I opted to "upgrade" the flooring to 3/4 plywood. For some reason they forgot to pull the 1x6 rough sawn hemlock floor boards from the kit. Those floor boards are what I made the roost out of. Was a nice and handy lumber to have.

    I have battens for the siding on the coop they will make it on after all the other additions are made. Still need the pop door, outside mounted nest boxes, and possibly another window or two. I put the battens on with nails and construction adhesive. So I don't want to put them on until I'm sure they are staying put.

    More than anything these chickens are pets first and egg producers second. Hopefully they will eat some of the bugs and ticks we have in abundance around here as payment for the fancy digs.

    Oh and the company that sells the kits ships most of them for free anywhere in the lower 48. They are worth checking out if you are in need of a building.
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    All set up and ready to get covered in poop. The chickens have been evicted from my basement.
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    It's been a while since I've updated and had a chance to make progress on the chicken hotel. The protected outdoor run is finally starting to take shape.
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