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post #31 of 46 Old 08-20-2019, 05:37 PM
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The one thing they can't seem to get past is their fear of being handled. They have no problem eating bread out of my hand, and they don't care if I walk right up to the bin and kneel down, but they are absolutely petrified of being held. Even if I can get one to calm down while I'm holding it, it won't eat while being held and seems scared. Any ideas?
In my experience some chickens never really calm when handled. But, when my daughter raised a few clutches, she handled them on a daily basis and spent a LOT of time with them. I have pics of them roosting on her shoulders/arms etc., and she could pic them right up. Takes time and the proper approach to make them comfortable with being handled in my experience.

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The one thing they can't seem to get past is their fear of being handled. They have no problem eating bread out of my hand, and they don't care if I walk right up to the bin and kneel down, but they are absolutely petrified of being held. Even if I can get one to calm down while I'm holding it, it won't eat while being held and seems scared. Any ideas?
In my experience some chickens never really calm when handled. But, when my daughter raised a few clutches, she handled them on a daily basis and spent a LOT of time with them. I have pics of them roosting on her shoulders/arms etc., and she could pic them right up. Takes time and the proper approach to make them comfortable with being handled in my experience.
I figured it may just be typical chicken behavior. Obviously I don't have all day to sit there with them but I am the only person caring for them so I figure they should at least be comfortable around me. Thanks for the reply.

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Joe, I wouldnt mind raising chickens, but local codes have always prevented that. Maybe someday, somewhere else, but for now Im watching yours.

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Joe, I wouldn’t mind raising chickens, but local codes have always prevented that. Maybe someday, somewhere else, but for now I’m watching yours. <img src="https://www.mytractorforum.com/images/smilies/fing32.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Fing32" class="inlineimg" />
Well I certainly hope you enjoy following along. My township doesn't prohibit chickens or even roosters, but pretty much all surrounding municipalities prohibit owning them.

Well my chickens are getting pretty big, they are probably around 4 weeks now. They have plenty of feathers and the bin is getting to be too small. They'll be okay for this week but I'd like to have them into a coop by next weekend. I have some obligations the first half of the week but I will be able to start construction later this week.

I was able to feed them some oats out of my hand today, the first time they ate from my hand.

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I just realized I have failed to update this thread. Shortly after my last post I found out that 4 of my 5 birds were roosters. That's my luck. Obviously I wasn't going to be able to keep 4 roosters so I listed them on Craigslist and was able to give 3 of them away to good homes. I kept the lone pullet and one rooster. They are now about 7-8 weeks old and they are attached at the hip. They are great at finding and catching all sorts of bugs and they love being outside.

My run/enclosure is fully constructed and operational and the two birds spend about 12 hours a day in it. It is 8'x8'x4' high. There was one encounter with a hawk but one of my dogs chased it off before it got any chance to get the chickens. The hawks seem to pretty much understand they can't get into the run because they have stopped trying.

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The coop is 90% done and now I just need to shingle it and paint it and apply some trim pieces. I hope to have that done by the end of the week.

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To replace the 3 roosters, I purchased 3 sexed White Rock pullets. They are now about 2 weeks old. They are still inside most of the time but they have been going outside into the run for short "play times". The rooster has given them a few small pecks, but really only when they start eating "his" bread. He hasn't drawn any blood and they don't fight nonstop. I think they'll be fine once they get a little bigger.

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Anyways that's the update!

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Raising chickens suits you pretty well. I see your birds living happy, pampered lives. Nice job on the run and the coop. Roosters are usually pretty tolerant of chicks. Just once in a while they give them a little reminder who the boss man is though, lol. Love the updates, keep them coming

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Nice coop! It looks to be an adaption of the Purina design? I have one I built from the Purina plans, and it works really well.
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Raising chickens suits you pretty well. I see your birds living happy, pampered lives. Nice job on the run and the coop. Roosters are usually pretty tolerant of chicks. Just once in a while they give them a little reminder who the boss man is though, lol. Love the updates, keep them coming [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.mytractorforum.com/images/MyTractorForum_toucan//smilies/tango_face_glasses.png[/IMG]
Thanks for the conpliments, I enjoy having the chickens around. Yeah the rooster just seems to be making sure everyone knows he's in charge lol. Glad you enjoy the updates.

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Nice coop! It looks to be an adaption of the Purina design? I have one I built from the Purina plans, and it works really well.
Thanks, I didn't know Purina had plans. I had an general idea in my head so I drew up some basic drawings with crude measurements. Then I just started screwing wood together until I wound up with this. The final dimensions are really strange but it's level and square, so its good enough for me!

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Have you thought of a "chicken tractor" ? it's a coop you can move around your yard so they can eat new grass and fertilize different areas.

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Have you thought of a "chicken tractor" ? it's a coop you can move around your yard so they can eat new grass and fertilize different areas. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.mytractorforum.com/images/MyTractorForum_toucan//smilies/tango_face_wink.png[/IMG]
I have seen those, I didn't know that is what they are called, but I think it would be a great idea. I'd like to find a pre-built one though, this home-built stuff is getting exhausting!

On Thursday I got the roof on and the coop painted.

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Today I got some pre-made nesting boxes from tractor supply and made them so that they are attached to each other. I also built a roosting ladder out of 1x2" but I think I'm going to rebuild it out of 2x4s.

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And I spent some time getting the exterior trim put on. It really makes it look a lot neater IMO. I'm not done with the trim yet, but I've got the majority done. It will get painted an off-white almond color once I'm done with it all.

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That's a nice looking coop! If it gets very cold in your area, you might want to build the roost(s) so that you hens can sit on the wide side of a 2x4. That allows them to sit on their feet and keep them warm. My birds went through winter last year with temps down to -24 in an unheated, uninsulated coop with not even one case of frostbite on combs or feet.
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That's a nice looking coop! If it gets very cold in your area, you might want to build the roost(s) so that you hens can sit on the wide side of a 2x4. That allows them to sit on their feet and keep them warm. My birds went through winter last year with temps down to -24 in an unheated, uninsulated coop with not even one case of frostbite on combs or feet.
Having chickens is fun. You'll be amazed to find that they are very curious, and not at all stupid. If you have a rooster, note how he watches over his girls, even when he doesn't appear to be doing so.
Thanks for the compliment, I think it came out pretty well all things considered.

I think you are right on about the roosts, 2x4 is the way to go. It can get pretty cold here in the winter with lows going down to -5F and wind chills well below that. Usually it hovers around 20F though in the winter.

I will have plexiglass in the windows once it gets below freezing. My current plan for ventilation will be just the soffits during winter.

They are very fun to watch, I can't wait to get them all integrated to see how they interact.

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I got the coop just about move in ready today. All the trim is painted, the windows are in, I've made a sliding door, installed some handles and some latches. I've rebuilt the roosting ladder out of 2x4 and modified the nesting boxes so they lift out and can be removed as a unit. I'm really quite happy with it. I still have some loose ends to tie up on it but the main construction is pretty much done.

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That's a fine looking coop, Joe Well thought out and looks great. You sure this is your first time at the chicken rodeo? Sure looks like you did this before Nicely done, sir!

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Nice looking coop, Joe. I hope the girls like red.

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