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Title: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: DDJ on September 17, 2019, 10:55:51 AM
First questions on Automatic hen house doors. 
Anyone have experience with automatic hen house doors? 
Did you find it worth the investment? 
Did it take long for the chickens to learn to be in before it closes?  Or am I the only one who's chicken like to sit on the ramp and watch the sun set? 
Are the auto closers safe what should I watch for? 
Any other advise?

So Friday night of a busy weekend that I was extending with a vacation day I get a text from a coworker she got extra laying hens when she ordered meat birds do I want any.  The wife and I say sure.  That was quickly followed by "where are we going to put them?".  We had been planning on extending the chicken run and had an idea of a new larger coop, but not a full on plan.  Quick research and we only need half of the platform we have for the floor.  Great cut it here and we are off to the races.  No soon had the saw shutdown and we discovered we used the wrong number now I need to rebuild the super pallet (now in 2 5fot square pieces) back into its original shape and size.  it will be easier to lift into place this way, got to find a bright side.  We then clear the spot between the compost bin and the chick run and start to get level.  Designing on the fly we made some mistakes but nothing too serous.  Working until daylight was gone Saturday, Sunday and Monday with lots of interruptions and the chickens are in last night today the wife and kids are making it livable, but we have a serous chicken coop to add the "Free" chickens to my existing flock.  The old coop is still there to house the new birds while we get them used to each other. 
As we look closely at the 11 new birds and think, we realize that the chances are most if not all are Roosters.  They are 8 weeks old so we are looking at tails and comb.  I am guessing 3 Hens and the rest roo0sters.  Since we did not have a rooster we can lifve with one and learn the art of butchering and cleaning on the rest of them.
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: LvsChant on September 17, 2019, 05:51:10 PM
Good luck! Sounds like you are off to a good start.
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: Stwood on September 17, 2019, 06:19:00 PM
Ayup......2 of our free goats were not free.....more fencing......
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: Morning Sunshine on September 17, 2019, 08:48:19 PM
and ALWAYS say no to a free llama.....  there is a reason the thing is free ???
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: Stwood on September 17, 2019, 09:21:20 PM
Lol. Karma for the llama advice
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: LvsChant on September 19, 2019, 03:49:40 PM
haha. I'm just wondering, MS, if you know this from personal experience???
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: Morning Sunshine on September 19, 2019, 06:11:32 PM
haha. I'm just wondering, MS, if you know this from personal experience???

not exactly MY personal experience, but my neighbor.  H's husband said he was going to go LOOK at some pack goats, maybe - MAYBE - buy 3-4.  He came home with 6.  And a free llama.  A llama that had killed the neighbor's dog (to be fair, it was in its pen), and a number of coyotes.  This llama will not anyone near it, not for nothing.  H has a number of small children and she was NOT pleased  ::)
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: Mr. Bill on September 19, 2019, 10:11:25 PM
(http://statler.ws/llamas1.jpg)
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: LvsChant on September 21, 2019, 02:41:33 PM
not exactly MY personal experience, but my neighbor.  H's husband said he was going to go LOOK at some pack goats, maybe - MAYBE - buy 3-4.  He came home with 6.  And a free llama.  A llama that had killed the neighbor's dog (to be fair, it was in its pen), and a number of coyotes.  This llama will not anyone near it, not for nothing.  H has a number of small children and she was NOT pleased  ::)

Sorry, but this did give me a chuckle. Reminds me a little of the old Smothers Brothers routine about how Tommy's chicken killed Dickie's dog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfgrREmy68A
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: DDJ on January 02, 2020, 11:01:55 AM
IT turned out that those "Free: chickens were, as expected, mostly roosters.  Over the Christmas Holiday/vacation season we processed the "extra" birds from a total of 21 down to 9.  Only 1 of those a rooster.  There is a first time for everything.  We figured out the Butchering of chickens now.  I even went as far as converting the bones into Charcoal that is now back in the Chicken run to be turned into biochar as part of the chicken powered composting we are doing.  It is kind of amazing that chicken bones will let of flammable gasses. (see video below)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimisod/49306476561/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimisod/49306476561/)

The Mrs. was very busy after the fact as she turned half of the birds we butchered into 40 Jars of chicken product.  Some of it is only broth but it is better that the cartoned  stuff at wallyworld.
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: Morning Sunshine on January 02, 2020, 11:31:42 AM
The Mrs. was very busy after the fact as she turned half of the birds we butchered into 40 Jars of chicken product.  Some of it is only broth but it is better that the cartoned  stuff at wallyworld.

ah, homemade chicken broth is the best.  Don't call it "only" - it is liquid gold at my house
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: Stwood on January 02, 2020, 12:27:58 PM
ah, homemade chicken broth is the best.  Don't call it "only" - it is liquid gold at my house

10-4 on the broth.
Title: Re: Free Chickens arn't free
Post by: Redman on January 02, 2020, 05:37:46 PM
ah, homemade chicken broth is the best.  Don't call it "only" - it is liquid gold at my house

Oh yes, liquid gold. I'm almost out of it. Got five 6+ pound birds in the freezer. That should make 24 to 30 quart jars of liquid gold and unknown number of pints of meat.