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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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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!! :good2:
 

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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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It's been a while but a few things have gotten done on the chicken homestead. The nest boxes are up and after about 5000 pnuematic staples so is all the chicken wire for their luxury fenced in playground.

Next up on the list is an extra window and running power to the coop for lights and a water heater. Then someday this fall all that dirt is getting seeded so there is finally some grass in that corner of the yard.

Posted from my phone so the photos are a screwy.
 

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That’s an impressive chicken house. Maybe I should have built a similarly secure structure. I had a bear break into mine 2 nights ago and killed one of my birds. I’ve had a good bit of bad luck raising poultry, but having fresh eggs is worthwhile. I still have 5 chicken; 2 Rhode Island’s, 2 Buff Orpington, and 1 easteregger. I’m hoping to try my hand at turkeys again next year for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
 

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I'm not sure what I've got would stop a bear but I am hoping it will stop most smaller predators that would see the chickens as a easy meal. I've already had a fox take 4 of the chickens over two days while they were out in the yard. I was outside with them and the fox still got them. I have a feeling I still haven't seen the last of that fox just yet.
 

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I'm not sure what I've got would stop a bear but I am hoping it will stop most smaller predators that would see the chickens as a easy meal. I've already had a fox take 4 of the chickens over two days while they were out in the yard. I was outside with them and the fox still got them. I have a feeling I still haven't seen the last of that fox just yet.
I had one mystery kill out in the yard during the day last fall. I’m not sure what got it, but it sucks loosing birds. During the spring and fall I let them free range during the day, but can’t when the garden is planted. They are fenced in during the summer months. I have 3 fenced in areas and I rotate them weekly so the grass doesn’t get killed off.
 

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Moving a little quicker these days on some things. Finished up the second window for the coop. Came out pretty nice seeing as I've Neve built a window frame before. The glass panels were free and all the lumber was "extra" wood that was included with the shed.
 

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Moving a little quicker these days on some things. Finished up the second window for the coop. Came out pretty nice seeing as I've Neve built a window frame before. The glass panels were free and all the lumber was "extra" wood that was included with the shed.
Good looking window! The chicks will love you!
 

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Moving a little quicker these days on some things. Finished up the second window for the coop. Came out pretty nice seeing as I've Neve built a window frame before. The glass panels were free and all the lumber was "extra" wood that was included with the shed.
Looks awesome!
 
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