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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Project Chicken has began!

First of all i apologise if my posts are somewhat repetitative now... but sinse I only have one follower it's not like I can loose many fans!

So the plan is underway and I have changed my mind again already but for two very good reasons:
  1. The coop i chose in the last post was actually too big to fit even though i measured the garden, silly me!
  2. I managed to win some cheap paving slabs on eBay which means i dont need to bother with chicken wire and bricks! the coop can sit right on top, instantly making it fox proof!

So this is the coop I have chosen, it is more or less the same as the other one only it is slighly thinner so will fit between the tree and the fence. They are on special offer at the moment so you can get both the run and extension (as pictured) for £99.99!!!! Thats super cheap for what it is so i am a happy bunny. OOOH and inclided is a free feeder and drinker, saving yet more money!


After extensive reading I decided that this would be the best option as it really protects the chickens from Mr. Fox and is easiest to keep the smells down and keep it clean. The plan is to use an inch or two of gravel (which we will recycle from the stuff I pulled up last summer) inside the coop on top of the slabs so they have something to forage through (plus extra bits like a sand box and maybe a space for a mud bath?). This way you can use a bucket/hose to rinse through the stones and then all the water drains into the earth beneaf, potentially providing good fertiliser for the damson tree! We brought 24 slabs for £23 and brought them home last night... now that was a scary journey home; our car suspension was practically on the floor!! Woops! I don't think Scott was best pleased.

I plan to order the coop next week when i should be here when it is delivered; the next steps include buying sawdust, health supplies, cleaning/disinfectant and finally CHICKENS!! Actually seeing it written like that, theres really not that much left. A lot of the hard work has been in the planning... oh and I guess I can't forget that we are going to have to dig up and relevel the garden. Now that might take a while!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Catherine,

    I wanted to ask you whether you would mind if I use some of the information from your blog on my chicken coop website?

    Thanks,
    Brad

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    1. Hi Brad,
      I am quite flattered that you asked, that is fine I don't mind. If you could maybe link back to me though I would be grateful. Also I would be interested to see what you have done too so please send me a link if you wouldn't mind!
      Thanks,
      Catherine

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