The Finest Fowl Photos

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Thank you to the readers for sending in these great photos.
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At the twin-coop country club, the chickens even have their own rose garden. By Paul and Jill Smith, Delaware, Ohio
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This cordwood- construction chicken house has an earthen roof and is semi-circular in shape, with the round part recessed into the hill. By Amela and Eric Wettering, Tower, Minn.
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An elegant gazebo coop. By W. Stephen Keel, Ringgold, Va.
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Home, sweet home. By Shiloh Bradley, Sperry, Iowa.
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This coop features a granite foundation, cement floor with drain, cedar roof and copper roof ridge cap. By Julia Denig and Paul Forth, Wendell, ass.
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A 16-wheel, chain-link movable coop. By Steve Bachochin, East Liberty, Ohio
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Recycled barn boards and wagon wheels make this chicken tractor weather tight and easy to move to fresh pasture. By Richard Smith, Lawrence, an.
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A little, red, chicken house for six hens. By Robert Ford, St. Louis.

Winners of MOTHER’s Poultry Photo Contest

Thank you, thank you to the dozens of readers who submitted photos of their favorite poultry and coops for the photo contest, announced in the December/January 2005 issue. Choosing the “best” in each category was challenging.

We hope you enjoy the photos and that they inspire you to consider raising chickens, ducks, guineas or turkeys, or to build a wonderful home for your fowl.

The winners from each category will receive a $200 gift certificate redeemable at QC Supply, a farm equipment and supply company.

Best Chicken: Todd Elliot, Union Mills, N.C.

Best Other Poultry: Elizabeth Olson, Chilton, Wis.

Most Beautiful Coop: Pamela and Eric Wettering, Tower, Minn.

Best Movable Coop: Jacob Fetzer, Covelo, Calif.

Ducks, Guineas and a Wild Turkey

Tomas, a wild turkey. By Glenda Dennis, Springfield, Ore. “Tomas came waddling out of the woods one day and stood next to me as I was weeding the flowers. The next morning, he was waiting for me. He followed me around the yard and hung out with the chickens. Over the next two weeks, he began showing a definite preference for me. He would chase the cats if they came near me. One day, he decided he did not like my husband. He would fluff up, his head would turn red and the knob above his beak would swell and become 8 inches long. Then he began to bump my husband with his chest in a way that said, ‘move along.’ We decided he had to go. The Fish and Game Department was sympathetic and suggested we take him to a place far from people. It wasn’t hard to catch him, but it took three of us to stuff him into a big, plastic garbage can. When we let him go, he ate a bit of corn that we left for him, looked around and seemed to be satisfied.”

Best Movable Coops

The Fetzer vineyard “troops” and their houses. By Jacob Fetzer, Covelo, Calif. “The Rhode Island Red chickens play a very important role at the Fetzer vineyard.uring the springtime, cutworms can cause vineyard damage by eating the new, vulnerable shoots. So, if we see that an area has cutworm damage, we call on the “troops.” During a single day, a chicken can eat hundreds — sometimes thousands — of these cutworms. We also have found that by putting the chickens with the sheep and cows, our animals live in cleaner pastures and are less likely to have intestinal worms.”