Raising Backyard Chickens: How to Get Rid of Nuisance Chickens # 572

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Yesterday, while I was at the dentist getting some work done on my crappy British teeth, I received a text message from my neighbor Girly Girl.

Girly Girl- Okay you seriously need to take Buff back.  I’m ready to kill it.

Mavis- Why?

Girly Girl- It’s awful. It won’t shut up!  It sounds like a child yelling.

Mavis- It’s all in your head.

Girly Girl- Chino put the chickens out early too.  Like at 8 – 8:30 am.

Mavis- Chickens are supposed to go outside at day break you dummy.  That’s the problem.  Just put her out early tomorrow.

Girly Girl- I’m listening to her right now.  When can The Girl come and get her?  Or should I just push it down the hill?

Mavis- Stop being so dramatic.  Maybe Buff is dehydrated.  Just give her some water or something.

Girly Girl- I knew you gave us the defective chickens.  Come get her!

So this morning, at the crack of freakin’ dawn, we had to go retrieve Buff the Wayward chicken.

Dang!  I was so close to getting rid of that pesky chicken!

So hey, does anyone want an egg layer?  She eats bugs and is really good with kids.

More Buff the Wayward Chicken stories

Buff the wayward chicken gets clipped…

The egg hunt…

Peace and Quiet at Last

The Pecking Order

Update: Buff The Wayward Chicken…

How to Grow Your Own Food: Mavis Plants Onions In The Garden, Again

If you would like to learn more about raising chickens and all the fun and excitement it brings… Check out The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit By Jennifer Megyesi.  Amazon currently has it on sale for $11.15.

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How to Get Free Food Week # 11 – Reclaimed Food Show and Tell

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This week was absolutely crazy in the reclaimed food department.  ABSOLUTELY CRAZY.  I was so caught up in trying to figure out how I was going to use/distribute 15 watermelon halves that I forgot to take a picture of everything we salvaged.

In the end The Girl and I were able to save -

  • 15 watermelon halves
  • 5 papaya halves
  • 3 honey dew halves
  • 2 cantaloupe halves
  • 2 pineapple halves
  • a boatload of strawberries
  • 3 green peppers
  • 2 pears
  • a whole lot of chicken scraps

It seems like my neighbor Girly Girl, is always entertaining on the weekends, so I gave her a ring.

“Hey Girly Girl, I have a bunch of free melon, do you want some?”

“Do I want to know where it came from?”

“No.”

“Alright, leave it on the porch and I’ll have Chino grab it as soon as we get home.  We are at Costco right now buying food for the Little Man’s birthday party.”

“What?  Well whatever you do, don’t buy any fruit.”

So then The Girl and I packed up 2 banana boxes, and drove over to Girly Girls house.  We dropped off a box of fruit on her porch, and then went around back and fed her chickens the contents of the second box.

When we got back home, we stuffed our refrigerator with melon, and brought all the extra fruit down to our chickens.

And then proceeded to steal their eggs.

Life is good.  Free melon and fresh eggs.  Does it get any better than this?

To see what else I’ve brought home over the past few months? Check out the stories below.

Elizabeth Karmel’s 13-inch Porcelain Egg Crate, 12-Egg Capacity ~ $14.99 Amazon

 

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Bartering with Mavis – How to Barter For Food

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Yesterday, my friend Heather dropped by with her two kids.  Heather and her husband are in the process of building an urban chicken coop, and when she asked me last week where she could find some chickens, I offered to barter with her.

I ended up trading her 3 of our chickens, for $30 in Oroweat Bakery Outlet certificates.

30 loaves of bread for 3 chickens?  Heck Ya I’ll take that barter!

Even though our freezer is currently full of bread, the certificates she traded me are good until the end of the year.  So if I play our cards right, between the bread we picked up last week and the new certificates, we should be good in the bread category for the next six months.

Now of course you know The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird wasn’t going to let go of any of her birds unless she was assured of getting more, right? So this morning we trekked on down to the Garden Sphere in Tacoma, and pick up 3 new chickens.

We have had such luck introducing chickens {of all shapes and ages} into our flock this year, that we decided to go ahead and let them in with the older birds and bantams.  So far so good.  Black Fatty has taken quite a liking to the little ones.

I’m beginning to think I should have named The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird, The Chicken Whisperer.  I’m not sure what she tells them, but man she’s good.

Galvanized Hanging Poultry Feeder ~ Amazon $19.99

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Raising Backyard Chickens – A New Chicken Yard For The Hens

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Monkey Boy and The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird were rather busy this past weekend.  First on the summer project list was to build a new chicken yard for our backyard flock.

Ricky the Raccoon had made 3 appearances over the previous 2 days and so we knew he was casing the joint for his next meal.  Knowing how much The Girl loves each and everyone of her birds, we decided to beef up security lickety split.

This meant a late night trip to my 3rd favorite store in the world, The Home Depot.

The boys picked up fence posts, caps, cement, horse wire, specialty nails and  hauled them home.

The next day, Monkey Boy started digging the holes for the posts {please note the bulging muscles as he begged me to snap a photo}.  He was able to get all the holes dug but 1, so The Girl had to finish it for him.  Then, the kids hauled all the cement and posts to the backyard, mixed the concrete, and set the posts.

Then, on Saturday, while The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I were attending the Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour, the boys wrapped the wire around the posts and nailed it in to place.  And on Sunday, they built a gate.  We have a gate!  We have never had a gate before so this is HUGE.

All that’s left for Monkey Boy to do now is to landscape around the chicken yard, stain the posts, {and the part of the fence the HH had to rebuild} and then he can mark this project off his summer to do list.

How do they chickens feel about their new digs?  They love it.

Good job Monkey Boy!

~ If you are looking for a little chicken coop bling, head on over to Amazon.com, they’ll got a bunch of goodies in stock and ready to ship.

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Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour 2012 – Unique Chicken Coop w/ Living Roof

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Yesterday, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I attended the Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour.  There were 10 different coops located on the map we were given, and we ended up visiting 5 of them.  The artfully designed chicken coop with the living roof you see above, totally stole the show.

The owner was not only pleasant, but she really seemed to enjoy telling everyone about how each design element was chosen.  One of my favorite parts was the mini raised garden bed over the walkway that connected the chicken run to the chicken coop.  The owner said she was growing the cabbage for her hens.

Behind the sliding barn door there was a 2 story roosting section, perfect for rainy days and cold weather.  Also hidden inside were nesting boxes with a privacy curtain {made of cotton fabric that was printed with an egg pattern}.

The attention to detail was amazing.  Check out the simple, yet very stylish, egg collection doors.

 

People were lingering around this coop longer than any other one we visited on the tour, chatting with fellow tour goers, snapping numerous  photos and admiring the scenery. And with good reason.  This coop rocked.

If the owners would have had a few patio tables set out and a barbeque going, I think they could have made some serious money yesterday.  People just didn’t want to leave. I know I didn’t. Everything was so perfect.

- If you live in the Seattle area, the Seattle Tilth is hosting a Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour on Saturday, July 14th from 10am-4pm.  I attended this tour 2 years ago and was able to glean a ton of ideas from it, and if time allows The Girl and I will be going again this year as well.

Who rasing chickens could be so much fun?

If you are thinking about getting a flock of your own, check out the book Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock.  Amazon currently has the book on sale for $12.16.

*Amazon prices can change at anytime.

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Build Your Own Chicken Coop – Heidi’s Chicken Coop

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One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Heidi wanted to share her new chicken coop SHE BUILT HERSELF {okay, so maybe she had a little help}.  Holy Chicken Scratch Heidi, your coop looks better than mine!  Wanna trade? Seriously, you did an amazing job.  Well done!

Here is Heidi’s story…

Last Sunday (Fathers Day) we moved our 10 – 4 week old chickens into their new coop. I found a plan on Etsy.com and then modified it to fit our needs best. It took a week or so and lots of sweat but no tears! Waaaa Laaaaa! A beautiful new coop. Next I’m going to add some cute vintage signs to the outside. Ya know, Fresh Eggs or Lil Red Hen House.

I built about 90% of this myself. Ordered the wood package, cut the pieces, pre-painted before assembly and assembled as much as I physically could without help. It cost about $400 to build. The coop measures 4 x 6 x 4. Next I’m going to add a pulley system to raise the roof more easily without fear of decapitation.

*If you have a garden, a chicken coop or anything else super exciting {no rats in rat traps please}  and would like to be featured here on onehundreddollarsamonth.com, then send in your photos to onehundredollarsamonth {at} gmail.com, along with a brief description of your pictures and I will try and get them posted.

Art of the Chicken Coop: A Fun and Essential Guide to Housing Your Peeps ~ Amazon $13.57

Keeping chickens—even for city dwellers is a trend that just keeps on growing. With this book, today’s modern farmer will find plans and construction techniques for making seven different chicken coops, fun chicken facts, and recipes for eggs.

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Tacoma Urban Chicken Coop Tour 2012

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If you are in the Seattle/Tacoma area and own chickens or have been thinking about raising chickens in your backyard, you’ll want to cough up $5 to take a tour of local chicken abodes this weekend.  I went on the Urban Coop Tour last year and came home with a bunch of ideas for the garden so I’ll be buying a ticket again this year. Since the tour changes every year you are bound to get inspired and see new things. Who knows, maybe we will run into each other.

Go HERE to find out more about the Tacoma 2012 Urban Coop Tour.

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Mavis Goes to The Mother Earth News Fair 2012

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Yesterday, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I took a field trip to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.  Admission was $30 a head or FREE if you donated an old cell phone.  So guess who asked around and found 2 old cell phones so they could get in to the fair for free?

There was a ton of stuff to see, including live demonstrations from the Fort Nisqually History Museum. Oy! I wonder if wearing a hoop skirt hurts.

They had yurts.  I’m not sure how much they cost, but they are actually pretty roomy inside.  This one even had a little wood stove/heater and a bed.  Pretty neat-o if you ask me.

Once inside the pavilion, there were a ton of farm animals to see. Cows, goats, alpacas, lambs, and pretty little piggies too.

They even had a few chickens on display.  This little girl was telling me a story about roosters. It was very exciting.  It was great to see so many families with young children at the fair.  In my opinion, although there were fewer farm animals than the Big Puyallup Fair in the fall, this fair was much better.  Very low key, no rides or carnival games, but loads and loads of workshops, demonstrations and it just had a really wholesome feel about it.  This was my first time at a Mother Earth News Fair, and I loved it.

Oh, and guess what?  Some man was giving away FREE bantam chickens.  Who could say no to FREE chickens?  Not us!  Wahoo!  I’m excited to see how tiny their eggs are.  We’ll keep you posted.

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Mavis

*If you would like to attend the Mother Earth News Fair, go HERE to find out more info.

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Raising Backyard Chickens: How to Get Rid of Nuisance Chickens

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Yesterday, I received a phone call from Chino the Handyman letting me know he had finally finished building his backyard chicken coop. OH. HAPPY.DAY. Before he could finish talking I cut him off and told him to come on over and The Girl and I would give him four of our older chickens for his coop.

Originally we were only going to give Chino two chickens, Buff and Peter.  Our two trouble makers.  But Lucy and Goosey had been acting up lately so we decided to give them the boot   give them to Chino as well.

Chino and his four little monkeys could not have been happier.  Of course there are two sides to every story, and the chickens may not be so thrilled about the relocation.  But I sure am.

The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I sent Chino home with a bag of straw and a small supply of chicken feed and are hoping for the best.  We’ll go over to Chino’s house in a few days to check on the hens to see how they are adjusting.

But for now, we are just thrilled beyond our wildest dreams to have gotten rid of found Buff the Wayward Chicken a new home.

See you later Buff!

Have you been thinking about getting a few chickens for your backyard?  Check out the book A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store’s Guide to Chicken Keeping By Robert Litt.  Amazon currently has the book on sale for $12.03

*Amazon prices can change at anytime.

 

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Raising Backyard Chickens: Chino The Handyman Builds a Coop

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My neighbor Chino the Handyman has been working on a backyard chicken coop, for what seems like forever.  My neighbor Girly Girl, {Chino’s wife} heard backyard chickens are all the rage, and had to have some. The Girl and I have been patiently waiting for him to complete the coop {we have our motives}.  He’s been at it for 5 weekends in a row now.

When Girly Girl first started talking to me about chickens it was around mid-February.  We had just brought home our first batch of baby chicks.  And although Girly Girl thought the chicks were cute, she was definitely not interested in raising chicks.  She wanted full grow chickens when it came time to fill her coop.

So when she half jokingly asked me if I had any “extra chickens” she could buy from me, I quickly offered her two.  For FREE.

Buff the Wayward Chicken and Peter the Trouble Maker.

“Oh sure, I said.  They are great egg layers.  Green and brown eggs.  You’ll love them!”

“Really?  Sweet.  I’ll tell the kids.”

So every Saturday since Chino has been working on the coop, The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird and I call him for a status update. Hoping, praying, that he finally has the coop completed.

This was last Saturdays conversation

“I just installed the insulation and the roof.”

“Huh?  You had a roof the last time we were up there.”

“Roofing, I installed the roofing, you know, shingles.”

“Ah.  Chino, maybe you could get it finished if you would just stop adding vending machines and manicure stations for the chickens.  They’re CHICKENS… Not tween girls.”  C’mon Chino, get  er done!”

“Geez, your starting to sound like my wife.”

“It has been 5 weeks Chino.  I could have walked to Texas and back by now.  Do you think you might possibly have it done this weekend?”

“I hope so.  Call me on Saturday and I’ll let you know if it’s time to bring up the chickens.”

“Okay, talk to you then.”

_____________

So what do you think?

Do chicken coops need insulation, tiled floors and weather vanes?  Or am I just being impatient?

Thinking about building a chicken coop?  I bet if you tried real hard you could have one built in a weekend.  Check out Backyard Chickens’ Guide to Coops and Tractors.  Amazon currently has it on sale for $14.20.

*Amazon prices can change at anytime.

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