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Will a cat eat chicken food?
I seriously doubt it.
Years ago, my father told
me that his chickens loved to eat curly dock. I kept an eye on my
birds, and they were totally uninterested in the wild plant, so I
figured my father had misidentified his weed, or his chickens were just
The instruction book for most
will tell you to never use the tip of the bar to cut with because of
the increased chance the thing will kick back on you and cause an
New chicks need a ramp for
their first month, but soon after that they can jump.
We picked up this Intermidiate Bulk
Container for 25 dollars
from a neighbor.
By the time they're a few
weeks old, chicks are already establishing their pecking order.
Little skirmishes seem quite dramatic to the observer, with chicks
sometimes leaping into the air to menace others with their claws...and
yet no one ever seems to get hurt.
Sometimes, the biologist
in me wishes I was raising chicks that are easy to sex by feather color,
just so I could learn more about who exactly is fighting whom as they
establish their dominance hierarchy. Are all of the leapers
males? (I'm guessing so because adult roosters tend to leap and
menace each other with their feet, but hens don't.) Is the
hierarchy established only within each sex, or do males and females duke
it out too?
If you've got a timer
controlled irrigation system you might be able to convert some of that
infrastructure to open and close a chicken coop door automatically.
Can you raise chickens and
Last June, we got the Starplate frame and walls up, then started thinking about the roof. Although no one else had done it that way, we liked the idea of using aluminum flashing, both for ease of cutting and for safety of rainwater collection. Our first stab at it, though, involved too much corner cutting. Furring strips seemed like they might be sufficient to anchor the flashing, but the roof just felt too flimsy using this method. So we backed up, (waited nine months,) and tried again.
Round two was much more
successful. We started out by adding extra two-by-fours in the
middle of each roof triangle, which was simple since each starplate has
extra holes, giving us an easy attachment point at the peak of the
roof. Next, we cut the bottom of each support at an angle to make it easy to screw into the tops of the walls.
Here we are putting the
last piece of flashing on the roof. You might be able to tell that
we didn't cut the edges of the flashing pieces to an angle, just bent
them over so they overlapped the adjacent sides. We screwed down
these flaps carefully, so hopefully there won't be any problem with wind
whipping up under the edges.
There are a lot of
instructional videos on how to make your
own egg incubator.
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