First was to cage him (only time our birds are ever caged) for a day and half with only water (this way he got cleaned out and stayed hydrated)
I also spent $35 (discounted Amazon price, think it was originally $100) on an entry level field dress set. Which comes w diff cutlery, kitchen sheers and a cutting board. I also purchased a set of gloves for the sole purpose of butchery. They are Kevlar and rubber.
The third thing I did differently was stabbing the brain (read this in a butchering book, suppose to lossen feathers) threw the beak after the slicing the neck to drain the blood (I’m still working out a good kill cone stand).
The last change made was to boil the water to a higher temp 180. I then brought the pot downstairs and outside on the table. I assume it probably cooled down to 160-170. But from that point I submerged the rooster in water 3x and shook. The feathers came right out, I was finished in under 10mins.
When I started to butcher, the bird starting honking so of course being a classy fella and all I had to catch it on video…
That’s it for now. I am working on a few things around the yard (rustic tree benches, retaining walls and general landscaping to name a few) I will post once those projects get finished up.
That’s it for now, cheers!
We dug a hole, put in a 4×4 pressure treated board and some concrete. Once that dried we attached the top of a pine tree I had cut down earlier that year. Then finally we plopped on the top which has two covered areas for nesting. We thought that with the branches, the chickens/guineas would love jumping flying up and use. However, to date I think the only living thing that has climbed up and peaked inside has been me. At the end of the day it didn’t cost a whole lot and who knows maybe the new round of chicks will utilize it. If they do, then I will put up a ladder going up the 4×4 so we can easily clean and inspect for eggs.
That’s it for now though, cheers.
In order for this move to happen we needed to fix our solar power setup in the coup
Then we needed to install the door to the chick growing area for the coup, nothing fancy, just a board on hinges and a latch lock.
Behind that un-painted door lives our chicks, a mix of meat and egg layers. Since we can only run the one light overnight without spending a few hundred on new battieries. We hope that t will be ok to let them all huddle together over the still cold nights (got down to at least 45 last night) under the 100watt bulb. When they reach teenage weeks we will separate the meats from the eggers.
So have the lower sides of their area’s are enclosed to keep drafts out. They have two feeders and a 1 gallon waterier hung from their roof for feed and water.
That’s kind of it. They all survived the first night. So hopefully they all live through the next few weeks. I will say that we did close up the coup more so then normal. We closed the human doors, the window we installed and the two suicide doors as well overnight. The idea being that we keep as much heat as possible inside the coup as we can.
That’s it for now.
Till later, Cheers.
You may notice the separate solar powered light for the non-chicken portion of the coup. This has its own tiny panel, light and built in battery.
The main panel connects to our piece-meal battery charger system consists of 1 proper solar battery and 2 found/free batteries:
As you can see (or not, from left to right) that we put together our one proper deep charge battery in parallel with the other two mower and car battery. Then we have a 1500watt current 3000watt max peak inverter connected to the positive of furthest battery and negative of the closest battery. You may notice to the two clips (positive and negative) on the side of the inverter, this is for our weak-powered bilge pump that was suppose to push water from our water barrel to the vegetable garden. Learn from our mistake, and do not buy a bilge pump, it simply does not have enough power to pump water threw hoses, purchase a utility pump instead. Finally you will notice that we have a plug into our inverter, this powers the 100watt flood light to give our chicks some heat overnight (which does last for 12hrs in our setup).
Quick summary of the components:
1 -100watt panel
3 – batteries
1 – 10amp charge controller
1 – stand alone solar light
1- 1500 concurrent/3000watt peak inverter
1 – flood lamp/light
That’s it for now. Before our next batch of chicks I hope to replace our two funky batteries with proper deep cycle batteries with enough deep cycle batteries for a combined 400amp+ hours. This will let us run a 1500watt bulb for over 12 hours.
Till later, cheers.
Walkup chicken entry:
You may notice our “very expensive” coup flooring.. I am kidding. After a few floor coverings Jamie has found that the cheapest “shiniest” laminate flooring is the way to go. First off its really easy to clean, and really being laminate you don’t have to worry about soak threw. Also the walls have been properly white-washed, not just a watered down white paint. But actual white wash (Jamie may need to correct this part) but for a proper white wash you simply mixed de-natured lime with water until you get a pancake batter consistency. Then you just slop it on the walls/wood.
Next on the tour is the auto-mated watering corner, the older birds aren’t keen on this, but the younger ones use the cups. The older use the stand alone waters.
Next is our Roost Housing unit. This is our newest addition, tore out the old built-ins to make cleaning easier as well as actually having the ability to re-arrange without a headache. It is raised off the ground 6 inches so the younger birds are hide if they are getting picked on by their elders.
We found it easier to create a wall of perches separated from the rest of the coup for cleaning purposes. otherwise, poop and such is everywhere covering and difficult to clean. Since we are cleaning the forest out on the backside of our property we have a ton of small trees and such. So we went rustic:
That’s really it. I am in the process of creating a large “J-Feeder” from timber/logs we are milling so we can dump a full or 1/2 bag of chicken feed to simplify feeding. But that will be another post. So I will leave you with “our view/entrance” of the coup. The first part of the shed is the incredibly messy garden benches and solar power equipment (will do that in another post as well).
So that is jist of the new setup. Once we finalize the new area (or dump it for another idea) we will create a new post.
Till then, cheers.