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#1 2014-11-17 00:19:28

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
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New Winter Digs

After a couple months of cleaning out the bottom of our barn and filling the dump trailer we have 4 pens built and birds moved in.  The windows had always been covered with boards ever since we bought the place, so in order to let light in we took off the boards only to find 3 of the 4 panels of glass broke :(.  So glass replaced and welded wire on the outside (they face the road).  Walls white washed, there was a ton of spiders!! :sick:

Chickens should be warmer this year :thumbs:

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Along this wall we are building 2 smaller pens for the silkies and the younger birds:

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#2 2014-11-17 01:09:39

gubi
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From: Walton
Registered: 2011-06-30
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Re: New Winter Digs

wow, nicely done!


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#3 2014-11-17 12:35:22

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Posts: 3159

Re: New Winter Digs

Looks great! Also looks like you could fit in more pens if you really needed to :whistle:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#4 2014-11-17 19:54:01

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 3359

Re: New Winter Digs

LOL yes you are right PG.  Where the blue totes are we could build another one in that area.  There were 2 horse stalls when we bought the place, so DH left only the dividing wall up when he had his shop down there.  So we had to build them, hard to do in an old barn that is not square.
The EO's will miss going outside but they never would go out in the winter, snow on the ramp and they won't go out.

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#5 2014-11-18 00:35:16

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
Registered: 2011-07-05
Posts: 649

Re: New Winter Digs

Paula,

Gorgeous!!!


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#6 2014-11-18 00:59:43

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
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Re: New Winter Digs

Thanks!! =D

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#7 2014-11-18 07:15:35

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
Registered: 2011-07-06
Posts: 1403

Re: New Winter Digs

Looks fantastic! Your birds will be happy in there.

XOX Monika

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#8 2014-11-18 12:33:48

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
Registered: 2013-03-25
Posts: 259

Re: New Winter Digs

Nice :thumbs:  Don't think I will tell Hubby about it.  He is says now how much he would love to get a place with a barn or sell this one and build a house and barn. :Crazy:  I have more then enough on my plate with out that, so I will keep in in the dark on this one.  :chairhide:

Great job though :thumbsup:

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#9 2014-11-18 12:53:39

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 3359

Re: New Winter Digs

Well I hope they will be happy down there, it was a lot of work!! LOL

My only concern is with humidity down there.  We have opened up a window on the south facing wall.  The window sill was totally rotted so DH rebuilt it.  Instead of putting glass back in we just put welded wire on the outside and have a plywood flap door on the inside so we can open and close it.  I have put plastic over it for winter but easy to remove if I have to let more air in.

Today's high is -6C (21.2F) so I will see what it feels like down there.  I have mounted a thermometer on the main beam along the coop front.

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#10 2014-11-20 12:23:20

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Posts: 3159

Re: New Winter Digs

Hey FRF, how many breeding EOs are you overwintering?

I am getting curious about everyone's EO progress, setbacks, flock size, plans for next year. Maybe it's time for a survey or maybe just a seperate post on how everyone's year with their EOs went...


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#11 2014-11-20 19:47:11

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 3359

Re: New Winter Digs

29 hens/pullets, 1 rooster from gubi and a young cockerel from Monika so 31 total.

I only have added 4 new hens/pullets from other breeders and hatch and kept 6 from hatched eggs.  So have not increased my flock by too much.  Had lots of disappointments with this years hatching and culled heavy!!

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