Posts tagged A Frame

Cookie is going broody…

Cookie the Sussex have been sitting in the nesting box for 5 days now.. for the first couple of days,  when I am at home I would constanly ‘throw’ her out, she would scratch around with others but before long I would find her back into the box :hmmm:

When I work, I would come home finding her sleeping in the nesting box on all the eggs laid that day (6 of them). She is still laying since she start showing the sign, I think she is determine to go all the way.. so I am going to let her be a mum instead..

This morning, I put 5 eggs (infertile but not edible – eggs laid right after worming) under her to ‘concrete’ her broodiness (she has now stop laying) because I will be getting some fertile eggs hopefully tomorrow :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:.

It is the funniest sight.. I put the eggs around her chest area and move her a little to remove the fake egg from under her.. she start to move her chest without moving :hmmm: just sort of wiggle her chest and the eggs disappear under her one by one.. once all eggs disappear under her… you can just see her sink down even further (if that is even possible) and make this very content ‘burk burk’ noise.. Yup… this is one broody chook..

So.. a broody chook and some fertile eggs on the way, I will need to provide her a separate area so she can set her eggs in peace…

Earlier today, me and Kevin was just outside getting the brooder ready for Cookie, she decided to come out of her nest to stretch her leg, I was a bit concern for a while because I though she might has change her mind already…

She went for a drink.. scratch around a bit.. and did the biggest pooh.. OMG, it is the size of her egg.. at first I thought she just laid an egg right in front of me, but no… this egg ‘STINK’ and it is not the shape or colour of her eggs.. I think I just experience my first broody pooh..

She hang around the yard a bit longer than she went into the coop for some feed.. next thing I know, she disappear.. back into the nest and continue sitting her eggs.. all up, I think she was out no more than 15 mins.  She is showing all the good sign of being a good broody.. I just managed to clean up the brooder just before the sun go down, it is still wet from the wash down so I am going to move her tomorrow night instead :thumbs:.

Before the move tomorrow night, I will need to dust her and the new brooder with Pestine (flea powder) before I move her.. I just hope she will stay broody after the move. From my research, I should not give her the fertile eggs for a couple of nights yet.. I need to made sure she will settle into her new environment and still happy to sit tight after 2 nights, if all go according to plan, I am going to put the fertile eggs under her on the 3rd night..

I am getting about 10 fertile eggs from a very generous BYPe forum member, it will be from a mixed batch back yard layers so will be a bit like a lottery.. I will only know what I get until they hatch.. I so wish they will hatch.. I think I am more excited than my boys.. :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

So.. regarding the brooder… we have a few of the Bunning garden tidy laying around so we proceed to build a min A-frame for Cookie as her brooder.. half way through the project, Kevin decided that the A-frame are more suitable for his quails and Cookie can have the spare chook pen (currently housing the quails) as her brooder, who am I to argue :wink:
Now just a couple of pictures…

Cookie the broody, hogging the nest box..

The mini A-frame… was going to be Cookie’s brooder… but… it end up become the quails new home instead..

Cookie’s clean brooder.. sitting along side the main chook pen so she will still be amongst friends..

oh.. I have also fenced in the chook area so I have more space to dedicate to my plants.. until next time.. happy brooding..


Comments (4) »

The girls have new home…

It has been a busy weekend.. we are exhausted.. as state on my last post, we have use the boys old swing set and convert it into a A-Frame chook house / run..

My girls are now between 8 weeks and 12 weeks old.. they are getting big and six of them will not fit into their existing coop (even though it is suppose to be for six chooks)…

I have a surgery recently which have blown my budget out of the way (it cost about 4 time than I expect to pay 😦 )so buying a new coop or even an additional coop is out of the question.

We have a old swing set which is being dump behind the car port.. looking at it the other day giving me the idea of converting it into a A-Frame coop.  I got the idea from browsing those the housing section on Back Yard Poultry Forum… A lot of chicken coop are in a form of A-frame hatch and there was some very beautiful ‘enlarged’ version of it..

My only concern is.. the swing set is steel.. how do I go about putting my idea together, where shall I find material to made it as economical as possible..  (both me and K are not the DIY type.. we differentiate screw driver between plus and minus sign)..

I talk to my BIL who is very handy and he confirm that it is not that hard to ‘attached’ thing onto a steel frame so I decided to give it a go..

I have this grand plan.. I want an ‘off the floor’ coop inside the A frame as the girls ‘bedroom’ with plenty of space underneath for them to run around.. etc etc..

Walking home from the bus the week before, got me talking to my neighbor across the road, who is also a retired builder..

He always have building material laying around his car port so I ask him whether he has any spare iron sheeting that I can buy from him (hopefully cheaply) I explain my plan of converting the swing set into a chicken coop/run..

He basically offer me any spare supplies he has ‘as many as I need’ for free.. he said, either I take it or it is going to the dump.. he also happen to have 4 colorbond sheet in the carport as we speak and he said I can have them when ever I am ready..

The iron sheeting is exactly what I needed and told him I will pick it up on the weekend when we are ready to start work.

The next day seeing him delivery the sheets and position it safely onto my carport.. as the sheets are 3 m x .8m it is quite large to carry over the street (he drove the sheets over)…

The pressure is on to really get this project going so on Sunday.. we visited Bunning Warehouse to get an idea of costing to find out how much this project will cost me.. and guess who we run into in the ‘trade’ area.. yup.. the friendly neighbor..

I explain to him my plan of the ‘off the floor housing’ and looking for some board that will fit the purpose… After a brief discussion, he told me not to get any as he have some very old board (20 years old) which is still very solid.. it will fit my purpose..

I made plan to meet with him later that afternoon so we can go over my plan (I have about 3 sheets of drawing) and find out what I need and how to go about with it..

After meeting with him.. my ‘plan’ change completely.. I don’t need an ‘off the ground house’ for the chicken, it will made the work too completed for novice like me and K.. he also made a few recommendation and advice what is the best material to buy to add to the frame.. He even offer to buy it for us (as he go to Bunnings everyday) as it is too long for us to take home (6m in length)..

As he will be away for a couple of days to build something on his holiday site, I told him I will give him the measurement by Wednesday so he will know how many ‘frame steel’ to get for us..

K have a RDO on Tuesday, I got a call from him at work, the neighbor have just drop by with 4 of the 6m length steel.. a pack of bolt and a roll of chicken wire.. He also show K how to bolt the sheets onto the frame and how to cut the sheeting to length and lend us the cutter for the job.. We got almost everything to get started and the pressure is on..

Anyway.. This is what happen

During the week K start by removing all the swing bits from the swing, move the frame into the yard for work.. we also try to cut the ‘steel frame’ to size (the yellow bits) just to see how easy or hard to cut them to size

Swing Set will all bits and pieces removed

On Saturday… work begin

The bare frame under the patio

We move the frame under the patio so we can work out of the sun

Bolting the frame at the base of the swing

The joint

Cutting the sheet into size..

Using the offcut of the sheeting to cover one end of the frame.. it is like a jigsaw puzzle..

One side cover.. we used 4 pieces of off-cut.. which made this very heavy

Move to the lawn before it get too heavy

We move the frame to the lawn before it get too heavy.. don’t think we will be able to move it once it is all cover in iron sheeting.. We lay the sheeting against the frame to get an idea of the finish product…

Front view of the A-Frame

We lay 2 sheet overlap on top of the frame (the yellow steel) and bolt it onto the A-Frame at one go.. once all the sheeting in place, it is time to fit the avery mesh.. I did not use the chicken wire given to me as I already order some avery mesh on line before I know I am getting some chicken wire.. wish I have used the chicken wire though.. at hind sight.. the chicken wire will be more easy to handle..

One part of avery mesh gone up.. chicken check out their new home

By the time we one the first section of the mesh installed it is pass 6:30 in the evening and we also do not have the right tool to join 2 lots of mesh at that point of time so that is end of day one..

On Sunday – Finishing the project

Don’t really know how it happen, but I got sunburn from Saturday, Sunday is another hot day so we did not start work until well into the afternoon.. I spend the morning in Bunning checking out supplies..

The mesh was joint by lots of netting ring

putting the steel in place trying to get a door frame together

Netting ring

Door frame bolted in place

Door fitted onto the frame with 2 hinges

Gap filler foam to cover sharp edges

Roof ridge delivered and fitted by professional builder

Come home from work today to see the roof ridge being installed by my neighbor.. now the coop is water proof..

Food and Drink hanging from the roof..

The girls happy in their new home

Finish product with happy chooks..

I must admit, I think it will be another ‘all talk and no action’ project if the neighbor have not been actively involve in this project.. apart from fitting the roof ridge as finishing touch he did not involve in any of actual building.. but he contribute heavily on the material.. not to mention the moral support.. knowing that he is just across the road and will be more than happy to help if we stuff up give us the confident to put the thought into action..

I am sure the chickens is very happy in their new home.. and I will try to post an update of their progress as soon as I can (been a bit slack lately)

Until than.. see ya 🙂

Comments (46) »

It has been a while

Wow.. did not realise how time fly… It has been more than 2 weeks since last update.. The girls will be 8 and 12 weeks tomorrow..

-Lots have happen since the last post.. 2 of my girls got sick, they suffer from Coccidiosis on new years day as well.. what a way to start a year..

-JouDan is no longer with us… I use him as a demo to show some online ‘friend’ how to made Chinese herbal chicken soup..

-I have also got some duck eggs from another online ‘friend’, I salted a dozen of them and use another 8 to try my hand on making century eggs (will find out how it turn out in 100 days)

-The girls are also getting too big for their coop so it has been decided to build them a new ‘house’ using the boys old swing set.. just finished today..

Sick Chooks..

On new year day..  first thing in the morning.. I went out to let the girls out to the coop into their little run area.. I will also sit in the run with them just to observe.. they are fascinating, I can watch them for hours… One of the thing I notice in that morning is one bright orange pooh being created by PinkLady.. right out of her bum hole.. I am not going to post any gross photos here but if you really want to know, you can check out my thread regarding this issue on the BYP Forum

Good Bye JouDan

On the 10th of Jan.. K finally decided to do the deed and cull JouDan.. so for the last time.. thank you JouDan.. we love you and will missed you…

Just before ‘the day’, I open the gate to the girls run.. One reason is to let the girls have more access to the yard… they are getting too cramp in that little space.. it is quiet funny to see JouDan try to squize himself back to the run and into the coop.. that coop will definitely be too small for  the girls when they get older.. Second reason is to let JouDan closer to the girl.. to made him happy just before he have to ‘go’..

JouDan checking out the girls

Duck Eggs

Not going into details here as it is quiet long winded.. so if you are interested.. full details in my thread on BYP forum

New Chook Run

Again.. Check out my thread on BYP Forum..

AND finally

I know I have been very slack.. I am exhausted from building 2 days straight.. I like to post on the BYP Forum because you get instant help and advise from the very helpful member there.. and it build up gradually.  I think I will try to put in some photo update on tomorrow.. gee the girls are getting big..

Leave a comment »