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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:23 pm    Post subject: hen houses? Reply with quote

Folks i have priced a few henhouses in the midlands and the price seems to be very dear.Around 400euro for one to house 10 hens.Does anyone know where i can source some cheaper.Also can i house ducks in one of these or are there any ones dedicated for the job rgds jimmy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jimmy Mac, I just bought mine from here through ebay, It is really sturdy and the roosts are not very high, so I should imagine they would house ducks ok.

Not sure if they deliver to Southern Ireland, I had mine delivered to my daughter and picked it up when we were in the UK. It comes flat packed, but easy to assemble. Its worth having a look on Ebay anyway.



http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/gardensandpets-uk/

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jimmy,
I picked up a business card at a local summer fair.....a woman called Noreen Kelly ( of Gardiner Grain ) had fine-looking henhouses on show........I can't remember prices at all. But if you want to give her a call here's the number: (0402) 37103 or 086-2071864.
She is based in North Wexford, close to the Wicklow border.
I know nothing more I'm afraid, but I thought you might be interested......
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help folks.I will look up both places and organise something The one from the uk looks like a good bet.Thanks a million for the advice jimmy mac
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

try donedeal.ie
we converted a shed and added a fenced off area,also putting netting over the top as the hawks will pick off the little ones,will try to show pics,my daughter just had a coop made for 26 euro,the price of the materials,fit for 2 chickens,its in an arc shape with small run,she is going to get a rabbit run to attach in the daytime to give more space.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you or a relative is anyway handy then it's possible to build your own. My neighbor at the place we previously lived built his following a set of plans downloaded from the internet. It came out quite good for a homemade one.
Click the picture of the chicken below to have a look at a company that supplies them.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone please give me a link to a website which has plans/ details for building DIY chicken coops ? I'm having difficulty finding anything.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:21 pm    Post subject: chicken coop plans Reply with quote

Here's some plans for an a-frame which I guess you can move about with the handles. http://catawbacoops.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, ormondsview, that's a very handsome chicken coop !....we're just at the very first learning step about hens but we'd like to get started this spring.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if I can ask this question in a gardening forum but maybe someone can direct me to a website with all the answers. My hens have stopped laying eggs and im wondering why?? Over a month now since we got any eggs. Maybe its the weather??
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is quite a good forum www.keepingchickens.ie

Very helpful people on it (just like this forum).

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hens usualy stop laying for a while during the moulting season.

Mine sometimes went into a moult unexpectedly if they had variations in the light they got for one reason or another (if I had changed the time when I opened the pop hole for them to get out in the morning becasue the clocks had gone forward). They can also be disturbed and confused as to the seasons if you happen to install an additional light on the premises, which also happens to light up their pen at night.

Chickens are very much tuned in to seasonal lighting, and in those big, factories they controle variations in light, so the chickens do not stop laying.

They can get run down during the moult, so if the lack of eggs persists, try giving them a vitamin suppliament (a few drops of baby vitamins in their food will do if you can't get a specialist product near by) or give them layers mash for a while if you don't already regularly feed them on this.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a light hearted tip, so don't think you have to do this, but if you keep goats and chickens in the same pen, they develop a great symbiotic relationship. The chickens perch in a row on the goats back during the night thereby keeping warm. The goats love it too - those scratchy feet are great for itchy backs, beaks pecking off any pests and ticks, and all those fluffy feathers are so cozzy. Also, on a slightly less savoury subject, the chickens follow the goats arround waiting for their favorite food stuff - goat rollies we used to call them (dung). Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theres ex battery hens available this sat in munster area,i`m collecting 4 for myself and hope to help with the run/drop off in kerry or on the way to my house,i will bring some here for collection,as long as they get collected the same day as dont have room for extra hens,i have 8 pet hens already i got from the poultry sales ,but want to try and get these into shape as family pets for the children ,and they lay eggs as a bonus Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:53 pm    Post subject: urban chicken pics Reply with quote

look here for some happy, spoiled chickenshttp://www.good.is/post/picture-show-urban-chickens/
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