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Category Archives: poultry

  • This is what happens as chicks learn to lay down

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    They spend the first few days of their lives standing; little by little they figure out they don’t have to and look like a bunch of sleepy drunks in the process.

  • 8 Buff Orpingtons

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  • Chicken patio

    Seems like Rhode Island Reds refuse categorically to have anything to do with the snow. I kinda felt bad that they were staying inside all day so I made them a little patio with the help of my sister. It’s removable and will be extended upon next season.

  • Chicken cam – back online!

    But with a serious loss of functionality. Given the internet connection that I have (cellular) I can’t reasonably set it up to do live streaming. I’ve also disabled interaction with the cam. What’s left is an image uploaded every hour. Not super duper cool but I’ll take what I can get in this neck of the woods.

    Hopefully this will get better when better internet is available.

  • Chicken Coop!

    It’s been over a year since our move away from the city and we’re finally getting back into chickens. Things take time, starting fresh at the other end of the country doesn’t happen overnight. We only got 5 layers  as we’re pretty late in the season, we’ll start meat birds next spring.

    The coop still needs some polish and a window but here it is in all its current glory:

    With a bunch of Rhode-Island Reds

    Works for toddlers as well

    As with the beehive, I drafted everything on Google Sketchup and it made building it completely devoid of surprises. The plan can be downloaded here.

  • Chicken cam

    As part of my CCTV installation at home, a cam is placed in the chicken coop. This has very little direct purpose although it is fun to watch chicken behaviors with no humans around. And I guess it is nice to check if we have eggs or if everything is all right.

    Really, this is an experiment towards what our future farm will be like. We’d like for people to be able to watch how their food is grown. Maybe even interact remotely with the animals.

    It’s a little slow due to my 3Mbps connection and the proxying but have fun with it:

    The chicken cam has been disabled as we get ready to move to a new state.

    A year a and half after our big jump, it has been re-enabled :)