Fowl Woodworking

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Project by johnhutchinson posted 12-18-2013 02:21 PM 1439 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some unknown reason, my wife decided that we needed chickens to complete the homestead. I grudgingly went along and thought it would at least be an opportunity to design and build the ultimate chicken coop. After experimenting with several designs, and going through a stack of pressure-treated lumber, I threw in the towel and purchased a pair of wire pet cages. My only woodworking contribution was a removable roof and some perches.

The girls loved it, and it actually worked better than a fixed coop because it could me moved as they eventually mowed and fertilized the grass. During the day they free-ranged, and I actually became something of an expert at chicken herding.

They were with us for about nine months, provided more eggs than we could possibly use, and eventually moved on to a local farm.

I missed them when they were gone, and made a video in their honor …

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#1 posted 12-18-2013 05:14 PM

Reminds me of when I raised chickens at home as a kid John. Unfortunately (for them) we ate them. Now I would probably keep them until they died of old age. Not sure if I am nicer now or if I have just lost my appetite.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-18-2013 08:51 PM

Cute story. However, do I detect some fowl play here? :D
I had to sell a cow and calf when my father sold his interest in the dairy farm back in the mid-50’s. I cried. You get attached to the critters, not matter how big or small.

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 10:11 PM

I really enjoy keeping chickens. They can be a bit funny at time. I have one hen that gets on the back of my glider on the porch, and watches TV thru the window, and she eats with the cats, about 50 of them. LOL

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 12:20 AM

The wood work on those perches is incredible….................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 12:34 AM

Ah, yes. My hook tenon. Thanks, Mike. :)
They actually worked because they prevented the 2×2 perches from rotating.
The girls loved them, and all six would sleep on one at once.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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