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    We started building chicken coops today - two rows of 10. Using flat shhet plywood. Dimensons 350w 450-700 h (slope) 400 depth. Building a 10cm hinged lip to lower for effiecent flush out cleaning. Sealing ply with an exterior wood sealer.

    Cement floor now solid and drains perfectly.

    Roof going on in next day or two - the lads were cutting bamboo today.

    Some of the farmyard chickens wandered in today and stayed in - seems they feel safe in the space. We deliberately chose it as it has some tree overhang. Should be even better when roof on.

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    ^ Lovely idea and construction L&F. Kudos to you. Just wondering, will they be enclosed in the whole time, or get out? Just that scratching in dirt etc is very important for chicken well being. Can't do that on a concrete floor. If they won't get out, how about attaching a run that they can access in the day?

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    they will be allowed out in daytime - just need to confine them at night

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    Take care when you lock them in at night!


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    No foxes in Cambo - just snakes and rats. Wire is buried at least 30 and up to 50 cm under ground into cement pour. Let the feckers try!

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    Don't forget the "Li'l red rooster", LnF.

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    Roof

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    Stop valve on drain out to stop rats etc getting in


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    Stop valve on drain

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    Terraced and back to back coops


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    30 coops in all. Cheapest to build ourselves. Otherwise empty Loytoy 5 gallon pots are next best thing

    Termites dont eat em either

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    Two months in Cambo. Chook house sorted. Off to UK for a dew days......Feeling the love!!


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    I want pictures of chickens and their eggs!
    Get back soooooooooooooon.

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    Well done L&F seems like you had a good time.

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    Two years on. Around 150 chickens. The family are looking rather more prosperous, certainly the most recent addition, a cute 18 month old boy, is looking pretty portly and advanced for his age.

    They have been selling to locals, a ready and eager market, at $4 us a kilo. On my latest visit I've impressed on them the importance of more regular scrub downs of the unit (weekly, at least), plus constant feeding during day whilst free ranging and supplemental fruits, veg etc as well as constant chicken feed and cheap rice in feeders. Hope springs eternal .......

    A boutique hotel in SR has agreed to trial their chicken for fattest birds at $7 a kilo, but they must get average weights up.

    They could use some more help on the breeding, but breed the best with the best and hope for the best with regular cock changes is as good as I think it will get.

    All in all, a family made good by Cambo standards for circa $700 us.

    No NGOs. No Toyota Landcruisers. No fuss.

    They did a special chicken Barbie for me and it's good meat. Best served with chilled Angkor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain View Post
    ^ Lovely idea and construction L&F. Kudos to you. Just wondering, will they be enclosed in the whole time, or get out? Just that scratching in dirt etc is very important for chicken well being. Can't do that on a concrete floor. If they won't get out, how about attaching a run that they can access in the day?
    The chickens roam freely during the day, but they lose the occasional one to avaricious neighbors.

    Hopefully they now, at last, understand the benefits of FAT chickens and constant feeding. I've asked them to constantly feed cheap rice on the half rai plot immediately adjacent so they stay close and fatten faster.

    7 us a kilo is achievable for fattened slaughtered and plucked chickens circa 50 -55 days old.

    The meat is exceptionally good. Not too stringy, bones you can get your teeth into and some real taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostandfound View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain View Post
    ^ Lovely idea and construction L&F. Kudos to you. Just wondering, will they be enclosed in the whole time, or get out? Just that scratching in dirt etc is very important for chicken well being. Can't do that on a concrete floor. If they won't get out, how about attaching a run that they can access in the day?
    The chickens roam freely during the day, but they lose the occasional one to avaricious neighbors.

    Hopefully they now, at last, understand the benefits of FAT chickens and constant feeding. I've asked them to constantly feed cheap rice on the half rai plot immediately adjacent so they stay close and fatten faster.

    7 us a kilo is achievable for fattened slaughtered and plucked chickens circa 50 -55 days old.

    The meat is exceptionally good. Not too stringy, bones you can get your teeth into and some real taste.
    Lighten up on the fat, LnF. What you want is well fleshed poultry. Start introducing bigger framed poultry that deliver that.

    Lots of cluck for the ongoing venture!

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    They seem a bit chaotic on the breeding still. Using the bigger frame birds has been impressed upon them.....

    The chickens roam free all day and are all active. Yhe have two big feed trays in the house. One for chicken feed, the other cheap rice.

    Do you think they are over feeding by scattering rice in area near chiik house during day or limit amount?

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    Not an expert on chickens but I would think no need to scatter extra outside. I think they like to forage outside for variety. Not sure if it's intentional but as a kid with chopping off heads duty I observed some grit in the giblets when opened for cleaning. I believe small stones help in digestion? True or false? I don't know. Cats used to follow me and the "Chosen One" (Mourinho?), to the wood heap/pile. Blood brothers!

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    Nice work, did you ever think about growing forages or fodder for the chickens?

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