Hobby Farm has posted on their online site, an article I wrote about Lazy Chicken Farming.  Many readers asked for pictures of our projects.  At the time it was posted, I had not supplied Hobby Farms with the correctly formatted images (this being my first experience submitting and article for online publishing). When I was contacted for the images in a different format, we were on vacation in the mountains with NO INTERNET!  So, at the request of readers, here are photos of our Lazy Chicken Farming Projects.

 

day old chicks under the heat lamp in the brooder box

Chicks arrived before the coop was finished! Day old chicks ended up in my living room in a box, heat lamp clamped to my hutch doors!

 

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Chicks in the living room – trying to fly the coop!

Posts and frames for raised coop 8 x 12

Foundation – Posts and frames for raised coop 8 x 12

Slanted wall at one end for storage area.

Slanted wall  (because of size of shelves for roost!) at one end for storage area.

 

2 x 4 roost - turned wide side up, so in winter, chicks toes will be under their belly feathers to stay warm.

2 x 4 roost – turned wide side up, so in winter, chicks toes will be under their belly feathers to stay warm.

 

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Inside the coop. Old window bought at Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

 

 

2 shelf units repositioned and combined, upside down, one shelf for the roof - the perfect nesting boxes. A little cock-eyed and about 150 pounds, but hey - free!

2 shelf units repositioned and combined, upside down, one shelf for the roof – the perfect nesting boxes. A little cock-eyed and about 150 pounds, but hey – free!

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We put boards in between the shelf braces to divide up the shelf into individual nest boxes.

Nesting boxes in place along the back wall of the coop, with dividers in place. Slanted roof on it to discourage them from sitting on top and pooping on it – didn’t work!

heat lamp connected to thermostat, light connected to timer

Heat lamp connected to a plug in thermostat. Light connected to a timer to come on in early morning for more light in winter – helps keep them laying.

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The original auto door opener, replaced twice in 2 years. Opens a shuts with a string that winds and unwinds, attached to a timer.

Almost done. “Uncle Mike’s Condo” – did this coop grow on us?

Ugly green turned out to be not so bad, it's just a chicken coop!

Free paint from Uncle Mike. Ugly green turned out to be not so bad. Hey, it’s just a chicken coop!

Rain Barrel wrapped in heat tape

Rain Barrel wrapped in heat tape

Rain Barrel with a layer of insulation and wrapped in black shrink wrap.

Rain Barrel with a layer of insulation and wrapped in black shrink wrap.

 

Spout from roof gutter to rain barrel, on south side of coop

Spout from roof gutter to rain barrel, on south side of coop

 

Bucket Feeder holds 3-5 days of feed, hung from rafters by a chain, so they don't stand and poop in it.

Bucket Feeder holds 3-5 days of feed, hung from rafters by a chain, so they don’t stand and poop in it.

pet water bowl with float, hooked up to rain barrel

pet water bowl with float, hooked up to rain barrel

Part for new door opener - motorized car antenna, 2 computer power supplies, timer, trailer wiring harness

Part for new door opener – motorized car antenna, 2 computer power supplies, timer, trailer wiring harness

New auto door opener, installed. Door wired to car antenna, goes up and down in channels made from wood moulding.

New auto door opener, installed. Door wired to car antenna, goes up and down in channels made from wood moulding.

 

Foiled! Can't escape now!

Chickens determined to get out! Had to add chicken wire above fence and gate!

The newest addition - an aviary - chicken yard covered with chicken wire held up by PVC pipe wedged between roof rafters and fence. We have finally outwitted our escapees!

The newest addition – an aviary – chicken yard covered with chicken wire held up by PVC pipe wedged between roof rafters and fence. We have finally outwitted our escapees!

 

Up to 8 eggs in a week!

First Eggs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Useful Tools

Pet Water Bowl with float hooks to a hose - found on Amazon

Pet Water Bowl with float hooks to a hose – found on Amazon

Rolls of black shrink wrap, sticks to itself. Use it for wrapping our beehives, too. Amazon

Rolls of black shrink wrap, sticks to itself. Use it for wrapping our beehives, too. Amazon

Varying lengths of heat tape, with thermostats of varying settings, available on Amazon

Varying lengths of heat tape, with thermostats of varying settings, available on Amazon

Utility clamp lights, very useful for lighting and as heat source. Can lcip to rafters, next box edge or roost, (and even your china hutch door) at different heights for different purposes. Available at any hardware store.

Utility clamp lights, very useful for lighting and as heat source. Can lcip to rafters, next box edge or roost, (and even your china hutch door) at different heights for different purposes. Available at any hardware store.

 

I hope that seeing these pictures will help someone set up work shortcuts for keeping chickens.  Work smarter, not harder!  Be sure to check out our other blog articles about the amazing resources from honey bees, and more about the adventures of raising bees and chickens on an acre lot.

Jeannie

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