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#1 2011-11-28 21:03:04

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
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My New Greenhouse!

Just in time for the winter - and I can use it for my birds!!! :doI?: 

My Saxonies love to be able to splash around and I love that my coop isn't a wet, soggy mess!

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/ad24/Susan7935/November282011023.jpg



A very special boy - meet, "Peeps", my Ridley Bronze Tom:
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/ad24/Susan7935/November282011046.jpg


And his sweetheart, "Chloe":
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/ad24/Susan7935/November282011024-1.jpg




Its minus 12 with the windchill right now, but inside the greenhouse, its plus 12 - gotta love it, especially when the heat is free from the sun :)

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#2 2011-11-28 22:04:46

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Lovely, when I read the title I though lucky Susan, now I am really jealous, that is awesome.  Love those turkey lurkeys, absolutely gorgeous!!  Don't they all look content?

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#3 2011-11-28 22:36:58

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Well everyone looks quite comfortable and cozy, love it when you can get the heat for free :thumbs:

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#4 2011-11-28 23:00:42

Susan
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Re: My New Greenhouse!

I have to admit, I am quite in love with Peeps, he's a sweetheart. And yes, I love my greenhouse Its 21 by 11 feet, so lots of room to play :) It also heats the barn during the afternoon, so it does double duty, I just close the door in the evening and the barn stays fairly warm.

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#5 2011-11-29 00:00:34

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Your greenhouse is awsum Susan but i don't see the recliner


peafowl many colours, India blue, Silver pied, Black shoulder, Midnight black shoulder, Cameo, Buford bronze, Pieds, Whites, Purple pieds, Javas and others, Black copper marans, Wheaten marans, Blue cochins, Euskal Oiloa,  Americanas, BLRW, Jersey Giants, Silkies , Naked neck silkies, Ridley bronze Bourbon red, Guineas,  Eclectus, parrotlets, Bare Eyed Cockatoos Macaws.
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#6 2011-11-29 00:23:51

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

That's cause they kept pooping on it! :P

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#7 2011-11-29 01:27:30

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Yep nothing worse than sitting on a poopy chair :sick:

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#8 2011-11-29 01:57:36

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

That's what insulated coveralls are for. Leave them by the back door then they won't stink the house out! Actually I have been using  an empty metal paint can to sit on (a 1 gallon one) but its held me up so far and doesn't cut in as much as the upturned buckets seem to.  Don't ever try to sit on a dollar store bucket metal or plastic!!  Best are the stainless pails (I got for milking... :whistle:) from Princess Auto, they are solid!  Though the EOs always think I have food when I pick the buckets up!

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#9 2011-11-29 02:20:26

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

It looks awesome Susan! Such lucky chooks and duckies and turks!


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

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#10 2011-11-29 02:24:31

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

I like the idea of a greenhouse as a chicken coop.  I do however worry about it standing up to our winters here.  We have some crazy storms here and tons of snow of the lakes. 
Do your turkeys stay healthy with the chickens?  I would love to have some turkeys, I like the narragansetts myself the best but Peeps looks very nice too and it would be hard to get myself convinced to get some Ridley Bronze.  How long do you raise them before they are big enough to eat?


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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#11 2011-11-29 02:41:13

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Now those are some content looking birds. It looks like you have an ideal set up for a greenhouse and its great that it can be used for the birds in the winter. 'Free' heat what a bonus!

XOX Monika

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#12 2011-11-29 03:03:14

Susan
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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Gubi - I worry about the humidity with the greenhouse - no less with the ducks, AND chickens AND turkeys together.  This is the first time I've had a greenhouse for their "outdoor" space and the first year I have kept turkeys. Let me tell you, every time I see Peeps make an odd movement or sneeze, I am worried.  So far so good. But I will watch the humidity and keep a close eye on things. If I think the turkeys are affected by the humidity I will move them to  another pen (stall) in the barn. I just firmly believe sunshine is so good for them, I hope it works! I have a window open on the west side, and a vent on the east side. I hope it is enough, but we will see. Hey - I have chickens living in the garage- what's one or two turkeys in the house - JUST KIDDING! :)

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#13 2011-11-30 00:01:11

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

What a handsome flock! :jumping:

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#14 2011-11-30 00:34:48

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

What lovely birds and I think a greenhouse as a winter coop is a great idea. That turkey is really spectacular, I haven't owned turkeys yet, maybe next year. It is so nice to see other peoples  setups.

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#15 2011-12-22 12:23:21

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Susan how is the greenhouse working out so far?


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

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#16 2011-12-22 13:43:12

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Awesome pG!  They enjoy their outside time everyday, the ducks have their water pail out there so my coop is nice and dry inside. They all stampede to get out everyday, its quite funny. Chloe has even been laying which is unusual for turkeys this time of year! Two of my Ameracauna hens have gone broody though :)

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#17 2011-12-22 15:13:34

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Susan,

May be a silly question, but I can't tell from the pic - did you use clear plastic or kinda translucent? What kind of plastic is it? Love your setup and would like to try something like it here if I can find the materials....


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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#18 2011-12-22 19:16:13

Susan
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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Not a silly question at all, Lisa. Actually the "skin" on the greenhouse is the most important part, aside from the supports. The skin on mine is double layered 6 mil poly. When you double layer it you can use a small fan to make an air space between the layers to provide better insulation. It isn't clear, but. Semi transparent. Plants actually grow better (stronger and not leggy) this way as the light gets diffused with no sharp shadows.  It is attached with a product called channel lock or "wiggle wire". I'll try to take a pic of it, but am slow with pics, so just google it. There are a number of you tube videos showing how to use it. The awesome thing about it is it is re usable so every time you need to re skin the greenhouse, you just un"snap" it and then use it again. It isn't cheap (I think I paid about 3 or 4 hndred dollars), but can last a life time here's a hint though. Call around to greenhouses in the area. Some of them re skin every year or 2 and just throw out their poly- but it has a lifespan of 5-7 years. Ask if you can buy it from them. I did that and got my poly for free*nd it had only been used one year!!

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#19 2011-12-22 22:41:05

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Good idea Susan, they are probably happy to have someone take it off their hands. :thumbs:  We will have one of these eventually! :cozy:

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#20 2011-12-28 17:07:10

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Susan wrote:

Not a silly question at all, Lisa. Actually the "skin" on the greenhouse is the most important part, aside from the supports. The skin on mine is double layered 6 mil poly. When you double layer it you can use a small fan to make an air space between the layers to provide better insulation. It isn't clear, but. Semi transparent. Plants actually grow better (stronger and not leggy) this way as the light gets diffused with no sharp shadows.  It is attached with a product called channel lock or "wiggle wire". I'll try to take a pic of it, but am slow with pics, so just google it. There are a number of you tube videos showing how to use it. The awesome thing about it is it is re usable so every time you need to re skin the greenhouse, you just un"snap" it and then use it again. It isn't cheap (I think I paid about 3 or 4 hndred dollars), but can last a life time here's a hint though. Call around to greenhouses in the area. Some of them re skin every year or 2 and just throw out their poly- but it has a lifespan of 5-7 years. Ask if you can buy it from them. I did that and got my poly for free*nd it had only been used one year!!

I've been messing around with the idea of a greenhouse and was going to ask the same question.  It looks great, and what a difference in temps!  24 degrees is a huge difference!  I'll have to call around to some greenhouses and look for some of those You Tube videos... :surfing:

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#21 2012-01-17 18:06:39

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Re: My New Greenhouse!

Beautiful animals! Last weekend I bought a couple of Saxony, and I also love turkeys and ducks.

Last edited by lys (2012-01-17 18:06:58)

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#22 2012-01-18 05:11:08

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: My New Greenhouse!

I've never had ducks, but turkeys are so funny! Good entertainment!

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