Chickens.

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    Now you know how much of a "bargain" those Tesco chooks are then! Plus, an insight into how ridiculously cheap they really are being sold for!
    Now you may begin to wonder just what "conditions" those birds have been kept in, prior to that point, that they could be sold for such a *paltry* sum when you weigh up the cost of an egg/incubator/bird, plus feed, plus manual labour in rearing/husbandry, plus slaughter/dressing, plus transportation, plus freezing, plus packaging!
     
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      Another reason I never use Tesco's, too expensive. Our local butcher sells chickens at £1.99 or 3 for £5.
       
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        Best not to get me started on this one! :mute:!
         
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          Layed the slabs down the one side the run without any. Managed put my back out and can hardly move. Finished off wiring the run today.
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          I have put the upright on to cover the wire. Because it looks better and no one will catch themselves on it. The bags in the run are full of wood chip for the floor, which I got off freecycle.

          Need to build nest boxes and put roost bar up then I can get the girls.

          Really want to get it finished by the end of the month.

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            Looks great rusty! :thumbsup:
            What breeds you looking to get?

            I plan on making a bigger run for my 2, got the wood, got the wire just need some willpower! Want to get a few more chooks too :)
             
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              Forgot to add pictures with uprights on.
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              Need to put the horizontals on. I have ran out of crease all though. I got all the wood for the coverings from work as there was some equipment delivered and it was going in the skip. Cost me a fiver to the company charity.

              @Linz i will be getting hybrids. The wife is on a well deserved spar break at the weekend, so I have found a place about half hour drive away do they are £10. So I will take kids up for a look, at least then they will pester me into getting it finished, as it is taking an age at the moment. Hoping that they do different breeds as they are only advertising black rocks, I will ring and have a chat. The local place to me which is about 7 mins drive away are £22. I'm looking for 5 hens.

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                Finished the coop today.
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                Third picture shows the egg collection hatch and extra ventilation at the top.

                I'm not happy with the pop hole door. I had a plate to go on the back so I could stew through and hold it together, but it wasn't big enough. I think I will change it. Also don't like the runners for door. I will put them into some 2x2 to hide them. I need the runners for when I build the auto opener.

                I'm under pressure now as I have committed to getting hens next weekend. They will be ok in there and I can make the adjustments/ changes when they are in.

                Need to hang main door and do a bit of clearing in the run, put chips down and then it is ready.

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                  :hapydancsmil: :hapydancsmil: :hapydancsmil:

                  Your hard work is plain to see and you've made a palace for those girls to move into :dbgrtmb:
                   
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                    What are you preserving the wood with Rusty?
                     
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                    Creoseal. It is a creosote substitute.

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                    Similar to creocote (another substitute) I take it? Will the smell / vapours be OK for the chooks?
                     
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                    Yes same sort of product. I have used it before on my old coop and run without any issues. I am led to believe that it helps prevent red mite as well.

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                      New arrivals today :yes:

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                      5 black stars, a little camera shy at the moment. I will get a few better photos when they settle over the next few days.

                      Rusty
                       
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                        Beauties, bet you can't wait for the eggs :)
                         
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