Posts Tagged ‘Chickens’

Egg Incubator

Posted: July 18, 2011 by emphelan in Around the Homestead
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Egg incubators can be expensive. We made ours using the parts out of one of those cheap Styrofoam ones (that had been crush and a friend gave to us), reclaimed wood, and screws. We purchased the egg turner for around $30.

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Be sure not to seal it until after you have gotten a temp reading. And remember that eggs need oxygen to hatch.

Making do on a moments notice

Posted: April 15, 2011 by kelleinmt in MacGyverism
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When our chicks arrived 10 weeks ago, we had to find a place to put them( to many baby animals and not enough space) the front pork was cleared but the dilemma was no outlet for the heat lamp. My Dh had a screw in plug-in( from an auction treasure box) that screws into a light receptacles. Okay now the light cord isn’t long enough to get it down close enough to the chicks, so Dh improved this rig from parts and pieces.  Dh mad a clamp to clamp to the side of the wash tub, then used a piece of metal( he’s always collecting for blacksmithing) and  some chain I’d saved from a hanging light we took down and replaced. 

Here is the finished product and it works great!

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With the creation of the Hay spike trailer, we discovered one small problem. What to do with the truck bed itself.

We brain stormed many many ideas, and the one we decided on was a chicken coop.

The truck bed is the base, set on bricks. We used reclaimed pallet boards to build the main body of the coop. The truck topper for the roof, and reclaimed windows and doors.

Total cost for construction? A bit of time.

We got the windows and doors from a friend that replaces them for a living. The pallet boards came from a manufacturing company that throws them away. The topper came from a neighbor that was going to junk it. And the black metal roosting area is part of a broken bunk bed.

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I know what you are going to say. . . white trash ingenuity at it’s finest!

The feeder was made with an above ground pool part!

The greatest thing about the new coop? If things ever got really bad, we could live in it.

An introduction to my “trashy” side!

Posted: March 29, 2011 by hopejoyandfaithfarm in An Introduction
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Wow, I’m excited. Who knew my “trashy” habits could make it possible for me to share my slightly twisted views with other like-minded folks? As a matter of fact, I never knew there were other’s like me! I’m a happy girl!

So, a brief introduction. I’m technically middle-age, have 6 kids, if you count the steps, ex-steps and my 3 dear daughters. I am currently unemployed (not counting the temp jobs and transcription I do for the city). I grew up with a single mom who was great with her finances. I don’t think she’s ever been late with a payment. However, all I ever heard growing up was “we can’t afford that” with no further explanation. As a result, I’ve always had a hard time managing my finances. I am finally getting better at it, after 12 plus years of sobriety (a whole ‘nother story). We have a small farm where we raise market lambs for 4-H, pigs for our daughter’s 4-H project and our freezer, eggs, mini-rex rabbits and garden/orchard produce. I’m so proud of our new trashy greenhouse, built with mainly “scavaged” windows and framing (tho we did buy cedar fencing for the siding.

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I have always looked at things with a “hmmm…what could I do with it?” sort of attitude. That old plastic milk crate… could it be a nest box for my hens? The plastic “boxes” that the old lettuce that I was given for our pigs…could that be a mini-greenhouse? The thin cement slabs that were used as part of a dock…bet those would be great as the floor for the chain-link dog kennel.

I am a scavenger… my favorite hat ever was found in a ditch (with water in it) alongside the road I walked every couple days for exercise.  I spotted a slightly different shade of green than the old moss growing in the water, straddled the ditch and bravely reached in.  I took my treasure home and washed it.  It was the perfect hat-the brim was rolled just right, the color was a wonderful sage green and the leather at the back cradled my ponytail perfectly.  When my mom asked me where I got the hat, she almost choked when I told her. I almost cried when it fell apart a few years later.  I have so many bungee cords, plastic containers, etc that I  have scrounged from the side of the road.  My “tool” holder in the garden is a newspaper box that laid alongside the road for two weeks.  I figured after that much time, no one was gonna claim it.  This last winter, I was pretty peeved at my husband when he wouldn’t cross 4 lanes of traffic on an interstate to retrieve a gas can.  I mean, it was only rush hour in Portland, Oregon, it wasn’t like there was a lot of traffic!

I also reuse things, such as tinfoil from bread, plastic containers and plastic bags.  I have a habit of saving hay rope from my animals hay, feed bags from grain and juice jugs.  I don’t hoard them, and they don’t take up a huge space, but if I need a rope or a trash bag, I can grab one from the cupboard and use it.  I have helped clear out old houses in exchange for what I can “scavage”… Milk crates to store canning jars in, old step-stools, pet carriers, etc.  It’s kinda like the new stuff they call “picking”, except I don’t pay for it.

I also am somewhat trashy when it comes to animals, cages, etc.  If someone doesn’t want an animal and wants to give it away, I’ll take it and find it a good home.  Of course, if it comes with a cage, I’ll sell the cage and give the animal away with it.  The last rabbit I was given came with 2 full bags of feed and one partial bag, 2 water bottles and no cage. I kept the rabbit a week til I found a home for him.  I gave the rabbit away, selling the lady a cage I had been given 6 months ago for $10.  I gave her a water bottle and the partial bag of feed.  I kept the two other bags for my mini-rex rabbits, and the extra water bottle.  My husband said I’m like an old-fashioned horse trader… Maybe so, but it works out in the end, the animals find a good home and I don’t cheat anyone.

I love finding ways to save money and do it by re-using or recycling.  Keep’s my life interesting…More “trashy” stuff to follow!

Box of Chickens

Posted: March 10, 2011 by emphelan in Around the Homestead, White Trash with a Purpose
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It’s that time of year when chicks start arriving by mail. A brooder cage is something to have around. We opted out of the cardboard rings and built something that can be used for a longer time, more durable and can be placed outside to allow the chicks to acclimatizes.

This pen holds 52 chicks comfortably or 10 pullets.

dimensions. 4ft by 5ft by 22 inches tall

you need;

rails off of a wood deck and a couple of 2×4

reclaimed plywood

rusted fencing cut down to 2 feet in height (scrub off rust)

a couple of old door hinges.

Store bought screws and nails. They can range in price.

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th back side top has the only solid area, allowing the fenced door top to sit comfortably and allows you to place the feed or waterer on the “table” . The hinged door is a top loader style, not a side door. Allowing easier access to the chicks.

We have used this through 2 brooding cycles. The fence does allow the chick to pop through, so we end up chasing 1 or 2 around at times. Chicken wire solves that problem.

Brooders can be made in various ways. Baby pools, animal crates, those skinny metal horse troughs, small dog house, and plywood. The list could go on a bit more. Just make sure you have enough space per bird.

And this pen also doubles as a trap for cats, large turkeys and small children who put the cats and the turkeys in the pen in the first place.