Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Living teepee

I asked a friend who has more bamboo than he knows what to do with for some poles... He was more than willing to give me some. 

This was my first attempted... It was 12 feet high...

My wife did not care for it sticking up so high.... so I built a new one that is 6 feet high. 

I removed the grass and left holes.
Then I placed bricks around the holes and filled it with some potting soil.

The idea is that the beans I plan to plant will grow up the poles and create a fun editable place for my son to play or my dog to find a cool place to lay in. 

The top was tied together with some twine... I just wrapped it and looped it a bunch... It seems pretty strong...

Building raised flower beds on the cheap!

I bought some ceder fence planks and a ceder 2x4x8 and made two flower beds. 

 To brace the side I cut one of the fence posts a foot long and nail gunned it to the side.
I also put plastic around one of the beds to see if it would help it last longer... 

Little Big man helping fill the bed with some good garden mix dirt!

 I put tarps down last summer to kill the grass and make the soil easier to work. I tilled up about five inches of dirt and covered it with the good mix. 

Easy and cheap! 

I used a nail gun but screws would work just fine. 

The small sides are 3 foot (Half a plank) 
The longer sides are 6 foot (A full plank) 

It took 6 plants and half a 2x4x8 to do each bed. 

The dirt cost more than those beds!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Meet and greet

I'm hopping Reeses pack instincts and the chicks flock mentality will mesh.  Chicks meet mamma hen.

I'm slowly introducing them and correcting bad behavior.

The completed coop.

<p>There she is. The Taj macluck, The chickiseum, The hen den, The chick coop or The hen house.

What ever we call it... in the greatest word ever spoken... It is Finished!

Cheap netting

I found this plastic poultry netting at my hardware store on sale for $1.50! It went on easy... I would recommended putting the netting on the inside of the run. It is more work but looks better.

Final coop inspection

I now know that the ladder and wire mesh floor with support a small child! My litttle explorer found his way in the coop.

Porta Coop

Finally someone has tossed an old lawn mower! Free wheels! The wheels came off easier than I thought but there was still oil in the mower... The oil spot was worth it.

I took the wheels to a hardware store and bought some hex cap screws.. put a 2x2 on top, drilled a hole and BOOM porta coop.

Hint. Take a picture of the loose screw labels instead of writing on the little plastic bags... much easier at check out.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Building the ladder

This is my solution for the ladder. Its a 2x4 with 1x1 for steps.

Im hopping it is not too steep...

Some closer pictures of how I mounted it. (The cut is a 45 degree cut)
The piece nailed to the latter is the extra from the cut.

It slide in perfectly!

First adventure outside!

OE was the adventures one this time. Josie enjoyed the window. 

Looks like they found a "mama"

Monday, March 26, 2012

Stain the coop!

I was able to use some red wood stain from a friend to protect the wood... 
I need some white paint, wire around the run and some trim and the girls will be ready to move in!
I made the door larger its now 12x12 to cater to "winner winner" and her soon to be large thighs. 

 Back side with the blue painter tape still on.

Im trying to figure out how step is too steep for the ladder to get them from the run to the coop....  
Ill see if I can figure something out. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The best way to get wood off a pallet!

What breed is this?

Looks kin to Grizz....

Tail feathers!

Grizz is growing up so fast! :( He sprouted tail feather today!

Hobby = Chickens (Building the coop)

My coop is build from recycled wood. Mostly from pallets I found around town. Here is a side almost complete. I recommend borrowing a nail gun and compressor. Those things are amazing! I found a piece of glass/ plastic from a buddies work they were tossing to make my window. 

Here is the roost... At first I had a 1x1.... then got educated on some forms at Now my coop sports a 2x4 roost.

Windows are not easy to install... I hope this picture helps someone. 

I have found an even better way to get wood from pallets. It take about 2 min per pallet... Take your saw and cut the wood off the pallet. AMAZING. No more back breaking work for me. Why on why did I not think of this weeks ago!!

Almost done. Taking a break for the day. 

My door is 7x7 and I started getting nervouse about it... So I asked the community at about the size of my door and they said at least a 12x12 if you have a Buff OrpingtonsClick here for my post.

Hobby = Chickens (Chicks)

Grizz is always the first to poke her head out and see what going on. Just cleaning the cage grizz... relax (As a new flock owner im very impresed and taken back by the amount of poop these little things can produce!)

Calm and quit "Winner winner" After a week they have grown so much already! There wing feathers are quickly coming in. I even saw a tail feather this morning!

Grizz is the first one to check out the roost. She has no fear. 

Hobby = Chickens (Building the coop)

The run is done! I added a door on a hinge to let girls in the yard. I also put a coat of kilts so I can paint it. 
My wife is getting tired of not parking in the garage... so to the back yard it goes!

Hobby = Chickens (Chicks)

Not done with the coop yet but caught wind of a local farm supply store getting a lot of baby chicks in stock! 

Reese and Fin introducing themselves.

For the first time publicly. Ladies and gentlemen... THE GIRLS!
Standing at 3" predicted to be the biggest of the bunch. Our Buff Orpington Mrs.Winner Winner

The loud month of the flock is a Black Sex-link named Josie. 

The sassy Red Sex-link called "OE" (Or over easy)

The courage bold explorer is our rhode island red called Grizz (We are Memphis grizzlies fans)

I think Josie looks more like grizz
But my son started calling the black sex-link Josie from the moment he saw her.

 This is their first home... Its a borrowed cage and lighting. 
I hooked up a digital thermometer and realized the cage would not keep it warm enough. (See next picture)

So I covered it with card board, left over shingles and tin foil. I also added a "Cluck cam" ip camera to keep an eye on them while im out.  (Had it laying around from a previous hobby...)

The chicks cost around $3 per. 5lbs of starter feeds was around $3 the feeder and waterier was also around $3.

Hobby = Chickens (Building the coop)

I could not find a cheap way to do a roof.. So I went bought a pack of shingles for $18 and roofing nails for $2. I used a hand saw to cut them. (Youtube roofing a dog house for some good videos)

Im rebuilding the run... I did not like how I did it the first time 

This is the back. The two hinge doors ($.49 per hinge!) will make for easy access to eggs, food and water. 
The left side for food at water.
Notice the extra slots at the bottom! Its a pallet with most of the boards taken out! I covered the floor and the very bottom with wire mesh. The extra feed and chicken poo will fall into roasting pans for easy cleaning and composting!

 The right side for eggs.

This is the nest box... I have two that are stack able. The also come out of the coop and the bottoms pull out for easy cleaning. (They are 12x12