posted on Apr, 9 2013 @ 03:32 PM
This is the original structure built in 1878 from Eastern Red Cedar logs that I updated with outside chicken wire and reversed carpet on the inside.
The chinking for the 19th century structure was made from pond clay mixed with turpentine sapped from the logs.
I still use this structure that has light, heat and double convection fans and roost made from whittled red cedar branches-some still in use are over
120 years old. It now holds 40 birds.
This is a new design that is a side addition in which I added a walk in door that accesses the chicken wire pen and inside brooder. The door opens to
double doors which will be sealed each night. The brooder has lights, heat, fans and motion detectors.
Both sides of the low pen have folding doors for access.
Walk in door to brooder, roost and low pen
Black Star pure breed laying hen.
Pure breed alert white Leghorn rooster with brown fluff and double spurs.
Dominique laying hen just beginning to molt at 18 months.
The reason for the door design is so I can access the brooder without the chicks being able to escape the low pen. My biggest problem with their 8
acre free range is Hawks. Most noticeably the Southern Red Tail and the Coopers hawk. They get 10-15 birds a year, are very territorial and are the
same family that my ancestors dealt with. There is little that can be done to stop an older experienced female(larger and smarter than the males)
however with the correct Federal and State permits you can have a professional falconer set up a feeding station in peak times. I have always declined
as the loss is small and they are magnificently beautiful aerial predators that are a miracle of evolution that haven't changed habitation or habits
in countless millions of years.