I am enjoying the Chicken Swap site. The information goes directly to my email address when something new is posted. Some people might find that annoying with so many posts but I quickly delete anything that doesn’t appeal to me so no big deal. I like to see what is for sale and what the prices are because I know I will be wanting some Maran chickens before too much longer.
Jimmy on Chicken Swap offered to show his set up to a Newbie in the chicken raising world and I asked if I could come, too. I LOVE going to see what ideas I might pick up from others.
Jimmy’s family certainly showed “southern hospitality” by having tea and brownies for our visit. So nice. He has a very friendly family and I was especially impressed with his son’s knowledge and love of the chickens.
Jimmy’s set up was very impressive and I left with a bunch of ideas of future projects for our chicken yards and houses. I hope we can duplicate his water system for his chickens because he doesn’t have to clean containers and boy would that save me some time. Calvin and I will be doing some plumbing projects down the road.
He also have a storage building converted into a chicken house with some great ideas for the nests and perches that close up and lift up for easy cleaning underneath. He has a run attached to it so his chickens get outside and have that much needed sunlight. Plus, he had room for his chicken supplies in the storage building so everything was handy and so neat and clean.
Boy, my poor husband is going to have some heavy duty “honey-do lists” when he retires. I just want to incorporate all Jimmy’s ideas into our future projects.
I was thinking about building more chicken houses with the 4×8 sheets of wood but I really like the way Jimmy and James, his son, made the back wall (of one chicken house) with vertical boards leaving a gap between each one of probably 1/2 inch for ventilation. My chicken houses always seem hot during the summer and in my one yard, it is the only shade they have until my trees grow bigger.
And to top it all, James gave me a dozen guinea eggs. I had guineas when I had a dairy farm in Missouri and I enjoyed seeing them running around and hearing the “buckwheat” sound the males (?) made.
I have said it before and I will say it again, chicken people are just nice and helpful people.