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#1 Posted : Tuesday, December 30, 2003 6:52:34 AM
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I recommend Storey''s Guide to Raising Chickens or Storey''s Guide to Raising Poultry originally Raising Poultry the Modern Way.

You could get the 1st Storey guide through Mother, the 2nd through Lemans, Ebay, or etc.

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ajortolani
#2 Posted : Wednesday, December 31, 2003 2:02:46 AM
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You need a roost up off of the ground, you need a flooring material such as straw etc. which you will need to change frequently to prevent diseases, you will need some "egg laying booths" as they like a little privacy, you will need a portion that is enclosed on at least 3 sides while the other section is caged. You could make it portable (ie: attach a trailer hitch) so that the chickens are constantly on new turf - great for bug control. Or you can easily train them to come into the pen at night so that foxes etc don''t eat them. Your project sounds fun. Good Luck.
Ryan and Kathy
#3 Posted : Wednesday, December 31, 2003 4:35:06 AM
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Well I had to have a book today, so I got Keep Chickens, a Storey book. This one should do, but I''m sure it''s not as complete as Storey''s Guide to keeping chickens. Oh well, that''s what I get for not checking with MOTHER first.
mikeg
#4 Posted : Thursday, January 01, 2004 10:03:02 PM
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Here is some advice that I think is good, I learned it from my grandparents. When you build your chicken coupe and run build it the same size as your gargen and position them adjacent to each other with the coupe between them. Alternate your garden each year and let the chickens take care of the other side. When the garden is spent for the year let the birds work both sides. They keep down the weed seeds and insects and add a lot of fertalizer in the process, you will be close to your birds every day while working in the garden and save you some time making trips to one or the other.
weedsmoker420
#5 Posted : Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:02:48 AM
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but what if you have raised beds mike. i would never let my chickens in my veg. garden. they would destroy my beds, but i guess if you garden in the old way it would be fine
Ryan and Kathy
#6 Posted : Thursday, February 12, 2004 7:02:48 AM
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I hate to step on tacoman's long standing post, but I could use some advise. I plan on turning an old icefishing shanty into a chicken coup. I would deadicate 1000sq. ft. or more to a permanent poultry area. I would like to have fresh eggs, meat in the freazer and a flock that grew (in numbers) on it's own. I guess I need a book showing coup designs and fence lay out for ideas.
Can anyone recomend a good book or other advice?
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