Last-minute jobs on the chook front

I’m due to pick up my three New Chook Girls this week, so the new system got some last-minute tweaks at the weekend.

Food containers installed. They look so clean. That won’t last :

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Water (I may have to shift this to a less sunny spot so the water doesn’t get too hot) :

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Shell grit :

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Pop door between the secure run and the playground (no, its not crooked; it’s the angleβ€”I was down on my knees taking this).Β  The chooks gain access to the larger run through here. It will be closed off at night by a drop-down wire frame after they’ve gone to bed :

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The two runs (the old & the new) have been connected by a corridor of wire panels with wire over the top :

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I’ll keep the newbies apart from the oldies until they’ve settled in. Eventually they’ll all have access to the whole system in the daytime, but I want them to learn to go back to their own run and coop at night and not try and roost with Molly & Cheeky in their coop. Just hoping to avoid too much bloodshed.

I’m going to put a few new wicking boxes along the outside of the wire corridor. At the moment I don’t have any spare compost to fill them :

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The view from the back deck. The old run :

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And the new run in the distance :

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I think I’ll call it Chook City.

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10 Responses to “Last-minute jobs on the chook front”

  1. narf77 Says:

    We made chook feeders like that but we put a long bit of straight pipe onto the end of our joiner pipe and cut the top out of it so that the chooks could peck the grain without spreading it everywhere. I wouldn’t bother copying our idea though as they still spread it everywhere and then used it as a low roost at night time ;).

    I LOVE your waterer! I am pinching the idea right now! The food that we buy our girls (and Big Yin and ducky) has a lot of shell-grit included and our lot free range all over the place and no doubt end up ingesting their weights worth of soil and tiny stones in the process. This whole property is made up of shifting silt and tiny (and huge) stones so I would be most surprised NOT to find lots of it inside my chooks…it certainly finds itself inside my house on a regular basis!

    What an awesome setup Bev, and again I marvel at your ingenuity and savvy ability to create what you need. You might want to approach Bunnings for sponsorship for your blog, they owe you for all of the promotional excitement that you generate in these posts. I know that I have some serious plans for that waterer along with some great ideas about how to make chook corridors on a bigger scale. You can make them out of sticks and ex fish farm netting right? ;).

    “Chook city”. Most fitting. Looks like something out of Logan’s run and here’s hoping the new girls aren’t ninja trained and make a run for it! Good luck to them, it looks like you have all of your bases covered. That’s why I love this blog, you love to plan for all eventualities as much as I do πŸ™‚

    My cukamelons didn’t germinate :(. On the positive side, they are available here at “BUNNINGS” so I can give them another try… (just a back up push for when you get that sponsorship deal πŸ˜‰ )

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Oh, mine still chuck seed all over the place too…but I have a remedy for that. I slip a plastic lid over the end of the pipe so that they can’t get at the food. Then they have to eat all the stuff they threw on the ground before they get access to the feeder again. My brain is bigger than a chook’s (well, marginally πŸ˜‰ )

      The cucamelons need a lot of heat to germinate and mine took more than twice as long as cucumbers and suchlike and I think they will rot if kept too wet. I lost a few seedlings that I planted early but the second lot are doing well.

      Sticks and fish farm netting should be OK. You don’t have foxes there, do you? What would be your main chook predator? Do you have Tassie Devils in your area?

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      • narf77 Says:

        Our main chook predators are quolls. They hunt out all of the cluckies that hunker down on the property and that we can’t find to throw in the fortified coop at night time. They are arboreal and are the main reason we decided not to get turkeys and guinea fowl. Cheers for the info on the cucamelons. I might bring them inside and maybe put them on the underbed heater? At the moment my brain is marginally smaller than a chooks but we just finished and passed our course (study) so now it can have a bit of a rest and grow again ;). No Tassie devils in our area and no foxes but the quolls are the real problem as they are very clever.

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  2. brymnsons Says:

    I like the name Chook City, very fitting. Your chooks are very lucky to have such luxury, looks amazing. I hope the new chooks settle in well, I’m sure they will with such a great run. I would like chooks too but we go away at the end of each school term and it’s too hard to get them looked after. I like the look of your chooks in the banner too, very pretty.

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Thanks for the comment. I’ve had a look at your blog and was very interested to read about your trip to China.

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      • brymnsons Says:

        Thank you. Oh my trip was amazing! I could write a few blogs about it lol. I might post another one soon as I have lots of photos. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

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  3. Bek Says:

    Well done, it all looks very well designed. In fact, I’ll shortly be using your technique to build a longer term chook house at my place. I like the star picket with poly pipe build, much easier than my original design of timber. I am not a builder so this is much more up my alley. Also loving the water and shell grit feeders, might have to copy those too! Thank you for the inspiration and ideas!!

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      All the polypipe bits are available at Bunnings in all sizes and combinations. You can make the feeders as simple or as complicated as you like.

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  4. fergie51 Says:

    Ingenuous! Love the way everything flows so neatly. Thought you may be interested in this link (seeing as you are super handy!) looks like a great waterer idea. I hope to give it a go before things heat up too much. If you like it and want to try, sing out because I bought way too many ‘nipples’ and need to share some. πŸ™‚

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Thanks! Great video. I like the idea of the single nipple in the soft drink bottle. It would be good to try that first and see if the chooks can learn how to use it.

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