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THF CHICKEN thread #6696133 03/06/17 12:43 AM
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We have a garden sticky I know there are a lot of guys here with chickens. Here's the place to share ideas and such.

We now have 18 hens and one rooster. Our coop is 8x12 and attached fun is a little over 20x30 but we let them run around the whole yard. I have finally found the permany spot in the yard we will keep the coop so now I have to make the run fence permeate and put the gate in so we can go in and out. Right now we are getting 9 eggs a day most of the time.

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Here's most our chickens and the coop and run in the back ground.

Right now we use the cheap five or so gallon water and feeders. My next project is to make a water system and feeder so I don't have to lug them from the backyard to the back of the house every day for water.

Let's keep this thread going and everyone else feel free to kick in.

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I wish we could have chickens....no livestock allowed in the neighborhood.....


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Good idea for a thread! I need to get some chickens. What's the best breed for north Texas to get eggs year round?


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Originally Posted By: LFD2037
Good idea for a thread! I need to get some chickens. What's the best breed for north Texas to get eggs year round?


Not sure we have a bunch of different breeds. But do get eggs year round. I like the mix of different breeds as well get different colored eggs.

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Here's my coop











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Originally Posted By: Payne
Here's my coop



I like the lock on the door!


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I like that run! We just now getting started and still got a run to build... picking up the chicks today



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This one cost me $3500

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Nice coops Nav & Nate


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cheers aint nothing like the Payne kingdom....

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Payne I like that setup. We got 12 eggs today but one of them got smashed. Best lot yet. I was going to get some pictures of the inside but it got dark before I finished mowing and feeding. I'll get some tomorrow of the inside.

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Love me some fresh eggs......



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What do y'all do with all those eggs? We really only eat real breakfast (with eggs) Saturday and Sunday. Also, there's only 3 and I'm usually gone before breakfast 1 weekend day a week. We eat maybe 2 dozen eggs a month, if that. Would getting chickens be a waste of effort for us?


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Chicken is tasty too!

I feed 6 on most mornings. we go through a dozen eggs in one sitting almost

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Originally Posted By: LFD2037
What do y'all do with all those eggs? We really only eat real breakfast (with eggs) Saturday and Sunday. Also, there's only 3 and I'm usually gone before breakfast 1 weekend day a week. We eat maybe 2 dozen eggs a month, if that. Would getting chickens be a waste of effort for us?


We only eat eggs on sat and sun as well most times. We have chickens because they are fun the have running around the yard and the eggs are a bonus. We get many more eggs than we can eat, got nine today. So when we get a bunch we will sell them. I'll never make any money off them but it helps with the feed cost. We have been selling them for $4 a dozen. Wife sold five dozen today. Fresh eggs are so much better than the store bought.

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Mixed flock. Still need to add. They're in a 50x50' area with a 5' fence. Wing(s) clipped. When it's warm, they have 1/2 acre to scratch. They are pretty cool.




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You'll see a reduction in grasshoppers, ticks and snakes around the house.


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What about chiggars, will they eat them?

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Spread feed store DE in your yard to control chiggars.

The chicken/chiggar is like a hf/lf thread.


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Im looking forward to this


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Here is the outside of my coop 8'x12'




The whole right side is bars for the to sit on. And five nesting boxes in the back.



This is the run with a hole for them to get out into the whole yard. Just over an acre. Still need to make the fence a pipe fence like the rest of the place and put a real gate in. I have the four foot gate in the garage, just have to stop being lazy.




And here is today's haul, minus one I broke while trying to chase one of the goats out of the coop since I left the door open.




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Nice setup Walter

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Thank you sir. The little one sure loves going to get the eggs every night and feed the goats and his mini horses. He gets mad though if you don't let him have the feed scoop. He also loves giving the goats treats out of his hand. We spent thirty minutes out there tonight I just set there and let him run around and chase the chickens and goats.

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