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Project by Eklectic posted 07-13-2008 09:53 AM 3572 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the concrete floor that I poured!
I had to do it when it was not raining, but it was hot and humid so there is really “sweat equity” in this floor! Hahaha!!

What else can I say about it except:”Hurray! It is done!”
Friends have been giving us empty egg cartons: they seem to think that we will have enough eggs out of 4 chickens to keep them and us supplied!! :-D

And the chickens will be here on Wednesday! But…the rooster is back order!!!!! lol

So another project that is DONE!!

P.S.:I will post pictures when our 4 ladies are here!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a



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dini

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posted 07-13-2008 10:15 AM

That is one very sharp little coop. Although I must say it’s the smallest poultry pen I’ve ever seen (‘course, it’s also the first one I’ve seen for a whole 4 birds!..lol.)
And with 4, you should get a couple dozen eggs weekly, when they’re at their peak.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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Eklectic

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posted 07-13-2008 10:23 AM

Well, it is very small….it is true!!
Let’s say that there is always next year! Hahaha!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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XploreOrganics

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posted 07-13-2008 10:40 AM

Tiny but nice! hmmm…I roo to 4 hens, those poor hens are going to have thir fill of him quite quickly, I’ll say next year you’ll be in the market for more hens :)

Here’s a roo joke…Probably not far from the truth:

A farmer wanted to have his hens serviced, so he went to the market looking for a rooster. He was hoping he could get a special rooster – one that would service all of his many hens.

When he told this to the market vendor, the vendor replied, “I have just the rooster for you. Henry here is the horniest rooster you will ever see!”

So the farmer took Henry back to the farm. Before setting him loose in the hen house though, he gave Henry a little pep talk. “Henry”, he said, “I’m counting on you to do your stuff.” And without a word, Henry then strutted into the hen house.

Henry was as fast as he was furious, mounting each hen like a thunderbolt. There was much squawking and many feathers flying, till Henry had finished having his way with each hen. But Henry didn’t stop there, he went in to the barn and mounted all the horses, one by one and still at the same frantic pace. Then he went to the pig house where he did the same.

The farmer, watching all of this with disbelief, cried out, “Stop, Henry, you’ll kill yourself.” But Henry continued, seeking out each farm animal in the same manner.

Well the next morning, the farmer looked out and saw Henry lying there on his lawn. His legs were up in the air, his eyes rolled back, and his long tongue hanging out. A buzzard was already circling above Henry.

The farmer walked up to Henry saying, “Oh you poor thing, look what you did, you’ve gone and killed yourself. I warned you big buddy.”

“Shhhhh,” Henry whispered, “The buzzard is getting closer.”

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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Eklectic

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posted 07-13-2008 10:47 AM

Rolling the floor!!
Good joke!hahaha

Actually my brother has 4 chickens for one rooster and all is well! So, we will hope for the best!

And I have the feeling hubby is going to regret his rooster when it starts singing!!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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GrandmaT

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posted 07-13-2008 11:13 AM

Great job!!! I know nothing of chickens, but the “yard”, coop and concrete floor sure look nice!!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-13-2008 11:18 AM

it looks so cute! I hope you don’t have to do more work to it next year—sounds like you put enough sweat into this.

(great joke by the way)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Eklectic

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posted 07-13-2008 11:37 AM

Thanks all!
MsD: :-D

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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dini

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posted 07-13-2008 12:43 PM

XO—-loved the joke!

E—-probably just as well to start small.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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Bob

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posted 07-13-2008 12:44 PM

Where’s the TV?
Looks good enough for about 8. :-)

Bob

-- I want to believe in a lot of things but, in the meantime I have to deal with the truth

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Eklectic

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posted 07-13-2008 01:04 PM

Bob, it is coming I am sure!!
And depending how it goes, it might be 8!!!

Just realized I forgot to mention that it is fully, completely insulated!!!
And will have heat for the winter!!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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Bon

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posted 07-13-2008 10:33 PM

Cute little coup E. Just wanted to wish you good luck with the birds.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Greenthumb

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posted 07-14-2008 07:23 AM

loved the joke

good luck with the chickens…............its all fun

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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cranbrook2

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posted 07-14-2008 11:28 AM

Nice work , it looks better then the house i live in .

-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 08-04-2009 07:04 PM

That is a beautiful little chicken coop you built, both inside and outside. I like the nest boxes and roost bar. The idea of heat in the winter sounds too good to be true – I spent a good deal of last winter dealing with frozen water buckets and hauling warm water out from the house! Now that you have had chickens for over a year, are you still loving it?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 08-04-2009 10:30 PM

Looks like a fine coop.

Got my second egg today.. Seems like who ever is laying will be a one a day bird without fail. At 8 hens, the highest # of eggs we’ll see a week is 56.. If we get 40 a week I’d be content.

Heck.. Won’t even use that many, so I’m sure a dozen or two will be sold off to someone.

Need to pick up a little sandpaper sponge to clean the eggs when need be.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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XploreOrganics

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posted 08-05-2009 05:06 AM

Don’t forget about pickled eggs Scott to add to your fantastic pantry.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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Eklectic

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posted 08-05-2009 06:41 AM

Yes we still enjoy! And as a general rule we have had 8 eggs every day except for the winter time where it went down to 6 some days!

TG that the girls come over regularly and leave with eggs, because even with the few that we sell, we would be drowning in them!

When these are gone, we are going to downsize to 4 hens and no rooster!

Picked eggs are great!

Scott
Need to pick up a little sandpaper sponge to clean the eggs when need be.

Just let them soak in cold water for a few minutes when they are really dirty and every thing comes off when you rub them with your hands.

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 08-05-2009 07:53 AM

Once you have tried fresh eggs, it is so hard to go back to supermarket eggs!

Scott and Eklectic – if you do not wash your eggs, you do not need to even refrigerate them. Refrigerators are not the best long-term storage place because they are generally too dry and can draw out the moisture of the eggs over time. Just keep them in a cool, moist environment like a cellar or create one with a damp cloth covering over a box. Nature has provided an invisible, protective coating over the outside of the shell and you remove this barrier with washing, leaving the egg vulnerable to bacteria. That is why you always have to refrigerate store-bought eggs. Eggs are porous and by putting them in water, they may absorb some of the water and what might be in it. I find most stuff on my eggs comes off with a gentle dry brushing (I just use a small clean cloth) and if it is really persistent, I dampen the cloth slightly and rub just the spot that sticks. There are only a few times when the egg is so dirty I have to use more water. (It is usually when the chicken decides not to use a nest box.) After I wash them, I try to eat them right away. (I learned this when I lived in Germany after I asked why no one refrigerated eggs.)

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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XploreOrganics

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posted 08-05-2009 09:29 AM

I’ve never refrigerated or washed fresh eggs either. The “bloom” protects the eggs as you said. Although being that we eat 2 or more eggs each a day they never last very long around here anyway.

Mmmm…Favorite eggs:

Deviled eggs
Poached
Boiled
Omelets
Scrambled with feta
Egg foo young

Any new pics of the girls and the coop Eklectic?

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 08-05-2009 09:56 AM

Radicalfarmergal, I’m not a fan of washing eggs at all, but those I might end up passing off to friends I’d want to be clean. Thus the (very) light sandpaper to buff the dirt off. Far as washing goes, so long as the water is warmer than the egg bacteria will not be pushed into it through the shell.

But, as you and X says, the bloom protects.

Only reason I refrigerate mine is because they’re viable and I prefer to stop the process in it’s tracks. That and it’s habit.. Eggs = refrigerated is hard to break. ;)

Processed eggs from the store are just that, processed.. They’re taken, washed, buffed then scanned with a high speed camera which picks up any blood stains or double yokes and kicks them out. Anyway, like you say, once they’re washed they need refrigerated.

Ah well. General consensus at BYC is to do what you feel comfortable doing, so for now I’ll stick with chucking them in the fridge. ;)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 08-05-2009 10:30 AM

What does BYC mean? I agree, you have to do what works for you, but maybe you shouldn’t be chucking eggs… : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 08-05-2009 10:40 AM

Back Yard Chickens, the website. Great source for info.

As for egg chuckin’, it’s great fun.. You should try it.. Just keep a towel handy.. ;)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 08-05-2009 11:24 AM

Thanks for the info and I think I will keep your ideas away from my boys, they might agree with you!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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