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Introducing our Chunnel: the chicken tunnel

I turned the big 4-0 last month and my husband made me something very special (which my husband tells me ordinary women would not even want)! Let me take you on a visual tour. This is at the back of my suburban homestead. I am standing right next to the coop. To the left of the coop is the run. For a year this was all the space the chickens had and I knew they needed more room. On top of the run is a new addition...it is my lettuce box. It provides shade for the chickens and protects them from the rain so they can still be outside. I can grow on top of the run without losing any space. Space is a premium here in the suburbs. I had to figure out how to give the chickens more room without taking anymore garden space. If we extended this run to the left, it would sit right on top of one of my prime growing areas. So here is our solution: a chunnel. That's right...a chicken tunnel. Directly to the left of the run is the juncture where the chunnel connects to the run. Then we travel more to the left...you see the chunnel behind my pea trellis and some chickens looking for some treats. Then the chunnel turns the corner and heads down the western side of my yard along the fence. I had such weeds that grew here...and now you can see not a single thing is left growing!!! And here is the scene that causes me the most amount of joy!!!! Every time this happens I giggle like a school girl. All I have to do is call the girls and they come a runnin'!!!! I am at the very end of the chunnel. They run like there is no tomorrow and it is so fun to watch! (note: do you see there is no longer one green thing along the side of the fence!) This side of the yard gives them lovely shade in the heat of the afternoon. I have to say, living in the suburbs I have to protect them from lots of critters...we have foxes and birds of prey everywhere. This is as close to free range as we can get for them and they don't need supervision. The chunnel is very secure and they are indeed much happier!!! This is the very end of the chunnel and it has been fun showing you our solution of adding more room without taking much space! Hope you have enjoyed this post. Blessings!

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Anatomy of a Garden Chicken Coop - dummies

Okay, you’ve picked out the spot. You know where in your garden you want to situate your coop and outside pen. You’ve carefully assessed the size of a chicken flock that is best for you. Chicken coops have many variations. They can be permanent, mobile, new, repurposed, custom, and innovative. Chicken coops can be cheap […]

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Coucou les filles, je vous ai trouvé 100 top idées de poulaillers à construire vous même pour réussir votre premier poulailler avec des idées mais aussi des astuces pour vous inspirer à faire un magnifique poulailler sur mesure.

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Introducing Chickens to their new Chicken House

Introducing Chickens to their new Chicken House can be a stressful time so here are some tips and hints to help.

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DIY Chicken Tractor

Here we are at our first year raising meat Birds. Pre covid we ordered 60 Cornish giants from UFA (united farmers of Alberta) 30 for us and 30 for my Father in law. First we had to build a Chicken …

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Mobile Chicken Coops | Chicken Ranger

Tired of the fences and dusty coops? How about predators...? Do away with the fence maintenance and keep your flock safe and sheltered. See all chicken tractors.

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Meat chicken tractor

This is our first time with broiler chickens. This is the first of a couple videos we will post through the process.

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chicken tractor, hoop style

I showed our awesome "farm hand" an image of one of these and within 2 days he put this together for the hens! I was going to make one, but lets be honest, when in the heck do I have time for that, and 2, it would never have turned out like this! We will attach a tarp to the back for shade during the day and we will put them back to their regular coop for the night, I am afraid the raccoons will get them through here. We had raccoons tear thru chicken wire and eat 7 chicks once :( During the day we will move this to different areas of the farm, and not all the chickens at once, I had all 22 in here today. I think it is more for 12 or so, and if we build a little hen house above the laying boxes, they might be able to stay in it overnight. My husband and I also clipped all their wings yesterday, free range no more, but they will still be happy "tractor" ranging all day on the lawn or running in their fenced in yard :) They just tear up the gardens and throw around the mulch and poop EVERYWHERE! And they try to live on my back porch. Cute at 1st, but when they are running in the kitchen for food, it gets annoying. Most materials were already in the barn, like the wood and tubing for the hoops, I picked up the wire for $40 at Tractor Supply, it took one huge roll. The wheels are old adjustable lawnmower wheels that our neighbor on the farm had. It is a tad heavy, but I am able to maneuver it on my own.

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Meat birds for me and my dogs :)

Hello everybody, So I’m going to change my dog diet from regular store bought kibble, to a wholesome and natural Raw meat diet. I’m already doing all my...

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