New coop finally done!

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The frame for the coop itself was free and the waterer is gonna be the cup attached to a pipe. Still brainstorming how to keep it from freezing. I was thinking a bottle filled with basically homemade sea water lol. Or I heard of a metal rod that heats up to keep birdbaths from freezing but I’d be worried it would melt the plastic.
 

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That's really a cute coop! How many chickens do you have? I like that it's moveable! You did good. :)
 

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Mine are fixin to go in the deep freezer pretty soon. I might keep my wife's BO/RIR crossed rooster, because she would be disappointed otherwise.
 

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Cute coop! Do you have replacement pullets for the ones that you are going to butcher?
 

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I have 3 hens. It’s all we’re allowed in town. And yes they started molting the day after we put them in the new coop. It was kinda traumatic, we did it at night and still had to chase one ‍♀ Hopefully later today we get to demolish the old coop. Dh wants to keep the roof cause it’s still solid, it’s the only thing solid on that monster lol. Can’t wait to take a sledgehammer to it hehe
 

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Cute coop! Do you have replacement pullets for the ones that you are going to butcher?
I debating on reducing the size of the chicken flock to under a dozen and increasing the size of the turkey flock. I like turkeys better, but my wife likes chickens better. I'm sure there is a compromise in there some place. I also would like to try and raise some pheasants. Pheasants are my favorite table bird. I used to hunt them in my pre-teen years, with my cocker spaniel. Fond memories, and yes I used to own a double barrel breach load 12 gauge. Got it as a Christmas present when I was 9 years old.
 
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Poultry math.
Since the chickens are your wife's, they don't count, they are not yours.
Since the turkeys are yours, they don't count, they are not your wife's.
Pheasants might count if you both like them.
;)
 

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I am also considering flock reduction. Hubby wants a storage shed for lawn tractor, lawn mower, tiller, etc. Coop is 10 x 12. SOLID. If I turn the coop over to him, I could build an open floor Wood's style, using the old ga. painted steel roofing that has been begging for a project. My build would be mounted on skids, placed adjacent to the garden. It would be constructed in 2 sections with front run area + back roost/enclosed area. Each section could be dragged separately, then re-coupled. I would envision moving it to a winter location close to the house, then moving it back to the garden in the spring, where various sections of the garden could then be accessed via chunnel. Of course, the flock reduction would also consist of adding a couple ducks.

My chicken math: currently 23 hens + 1 roo.

- 1 roo. They never count, b/c they don't lay eggs.
- 18 hens B/C, at most, I'm only getting 5 eggs, and often not that many.

So, right now, I only have 5 hens, though am buying feed for 24 beaks!
 

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