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Portable Chicken Coop Dwarf Nubian Goats
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Heather    Posted 03-26-2002 at 09:30:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I want to build a chicken coop that is portable. I'm looking for something that's cheap in cost, but sturdy, will house 15 hens, and protect from predators. I'm also curious about these dwarf Nubians. Do they supply a good amount of milk per day? We're a family of four, who drink about a gallon a week. What about housing for them? I had thought about getting a couple of standard Nubians, but couldn't think of what we would do with the extra milk. I had been told that it was illegal in Tennessee to sell goat's milk in any form. Is this true? Ideas and comments will be much appreciated! Thanks!


Here's an idea...    Posted 03-26-2002 at 09:46:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heather,
Our elec. coop had an article 2 yrs. ago about a family that raised organically fed free range chickens for fancy restaurants in the mid-atlantic. They had 2X4 framed cages that were covered with chicken wire. It was about 16' square. They rigged up 2 wheels on one end of it. Whenever the chickens had eaten down the spot the family would just lift up one end a little and walk the cage over another 16' and set it down again. They had water pans mounted inside the cages that were refilled with makeshift funnels mounted up through the sides so they could refill without going into the cage. They had a couple of Great Pyrennes dogs that stayed out with the cages at night. No problems with loss at all. Those dogs are pretty good at keeping critters safe. Best of luck to you... let us know how it goes. Mike


DJ    Posted 03-26-2002 at 18:32:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
We will do the chicken tractor thingy for most of our chickens but I have a breed that will live in condo's stilted up off the ground. It will be framed with two by two's with rabbit wire to box it in, wire on the floor also. They will have something like cookie sheets under the floor to collect the droppings so we can put it in the compost bin. We will put hay in the cages.

They are off the ground and easy to clean.

This is how my mom kept her chickens.


Watch them wildcats... hungry critters    Posted 03-27-2002 at 11:52:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got an ol neighbor that raised Quail & Pheasant chicks thataway. Ol Bobcat come around in the night an chewed their feet off. Them wire bottomed coops will wear on them fine feathered friends ifin thars cat around. Make sure them pans can't be loosen up by crafty bob...
Got a dawg?


DJ We're looking for a dog now    Posted 03-28-2002 at 06:32:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
What kind of dog should we get? My husband wants a german sheperd but I just don't know yet.

If they have a goodly amount of hay on the floor, won't this protect their feet from the wire?


Pound Dog    Posted 03-28-2002 at 07:13:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
They'll likely love you more, and the Lord knows they need you to love them. Best dogs we've ever had were from the animal shelter... peace, Virginney


DJ    Posted 03-28-2002 at 17:06:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Virginny. We have a basset hound but he's not much good. He only barks when he takes a notion.

I found his head in my baby ducks this afernoon. He'll kill the birds.

Looks like he'll have to be tied up when we're not watching him.


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