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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Project Chicken...

Advances on the chicken front!!! Ok so we haven't asked our landlord yet if it is ok BUT Scott has said yes; once i have finished all my uni assignments in June. But thats fine, that gives me some motivation to get my work done (and not write blogs instead, of course) and give me chance to plan for them properly! Since my last blog i have spent too much time googling and ebaying but i now have a pretty good idea of what i would like!

1. The Chicken coop (hopfully a maximum of £50)

I have spent time looking into what is the best type of coop to have and i have come to the inclusion that just a coop (without an attached run) would be the best option for me. This would allow me to make the run whatever size i want it and it "should" be fox proof.. which i don't think the premade runs would be very good at!

This is the sort of thing i would like. The best feature is that has been elevated off the ground which stops rodents ruining the bottom along with rot from the ground. This one will house upto 6 chickens but i still feel that two is more than enough for us at the moment. At least with it being bigger when we go away they can happily live in there with just fresh food and water every day. Also, if we decide we want some more (probably when we get our own place), we can!

2.  The Run (£102)

Now this has been the difficult one as it gets pretty expensive. At first i was thinking a simple bit of mesh would do it but i don't think it will keep the foxes out, they are crafty beggers, instead i think some more heavy duty stuff would b better, and actually a bit better looking too..

I know that doesn't look like much protection for chickens but i also plan to get some barrier fencing to act as a double layer which has smaller holes. Also the fencing comes in something silly like 50m so i will also use that to make a safety roof over the top.

Along with using this over the top i will probably also use some tarpaulin over some of the roof so the chickens have some shelter from the rain when they need it! Would be the best place to put the feeders too!
Theres a place in Devon who sell second hand fence posts which will be perfect to bring it all together. I also need to think about making a gate so i can get into the pen to clean it out but that shouldnt be too difficult. All the little extra bits and bobs needed would include: wooden strips (for the gate), lock, hinges, staples and cable ties.

3. Chicken Accessories (£58)

The main thing i need to think about here is chicken feeder/drinks bottle, bedding etc.

These are a bargain! £7.20 for one bale of saw dust should last an age with just two chickens! The only problem may be storing the stuff!

Feeder and Drinker. These ones look quite small but are supposed to cater for upto four chickens. I wont complain as the price is good!
FEED!! The little ones will need to eat! Mole Valley is the cheapest i can find feed which is a bit annoying really as i would have to go home everytime we need some feed! BUT the bags are 25kg! which should also last an age with just two chickens! As it will be staying out in the shed i will also need to think about getting a plastic container to keep it in as i don't really fancy feeding the rats too..

This starter kit will cover the health needs of the chickens. A starter kit is probably a good way to go while i am still learning the ropes. It includes mite killer, Vitamins and minerals, smite liquid and powder to disinfect the coop and Gut Conditioner for preventing worms.

4. CHICKENS!! (£32)

Now the internet tells me that i should think very carefully about the types of chicken i choose. Essentially i want ones that will lay lots of eggs! But i also have to think about the nature of the chiken because i don't want them attaching eachother!

This is a Silver Link Chicken, who is meant to lay 300+ eggs a year! Perfect! They are known to be good garden chickens as they are docile but curious!

This is a Goldline Chicken. She is also a placid but friendly bird and looks like a traditional chicken! Again she is also a very good egg producer, the website i intend on getting them from says that there is very few days of the year she wont lay, providing she is happy!

All in all i am looking at spending quite a lot of money really. If i am going to do it properly it is going to be around £242!!!! More than i was thinking really. Maybe i can come up with a cheaper was of doing the run. Also i haven't actually measured the space in which they will live so that might save me money as i don't think ill need as much materials as i have accounted for.. Well i hope so anyway!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I love project chicken! This is amazing! Good work on all your preparations. Maybe you won't need to buy everything all at once and won't notice the cost so much. I think they'll be worth it though - they're so funny to watch (and good eggs!) xxx