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Okay, sometimes you have to wait for Christmas Presents…

25 Dec

We’ve all gotten “gifts written on cards” during the “holidays”…

You know, “The card is redeemable for X” kinda stuff.

On several of our blogs (and even on our facebook page) we’ve been talking about chicken coops lately. Many of us live in areas where it’s possible to raise chickens for both eggs and meat. And, some of us live in places where there are other critters who like that idea too.

The hardest part of building  “outbuildings” is that they require a footprint in your yard.

(Oh stop it! I heard that! You don’t have to say; “Doh!” so loudly!) 🙂

My point is that you want those buildings to multi-task if at all possible. The more they do, the less you build, right? Now me, I’m building and then laying down paths as much as possible, because it means less lawn to mow, but others… well… they like their grass.

One of our readers “issued” one of these “IOU Holiday Gift Cards” to his wife, who raises chickens. Now, he didn’t really consult with us first…

He just “Hail Mary’d” us after he actually did it…

He “challenged” us to figure it out. In other words, he wants us to bail his sorry butt out. Oy. 🙂

Hey, we’re always up for a challenge. And we already know that his wife is getting really P.O.’d at the local deer population, that seems to think her potted herb plants are then tastiest things on the planet.

So, what we’re proposing is that we use a small ISBU to build a chicken coop near some trees. Insulated and then “veneered” with wood planking harvested on site. the “coop” roof will reach out to embrace a pair of trees, allowing a large deck to be constructed several feet up off the ground. This elevated deck will be the perfect place for her to raise her herbs, far out of the reach of the local deer. (Imagine that… deer pre-spiced and herbed”… I’m gonna have to give that some thought… maybe while cradling a rifle…)

This deck serves two purposes. It also creates the area beneath it for the chickens to play, carefully fenced and protected from critters who think them “tasty”….

It’s going to look something like this;

ISBU Treehouse Chicken Coop

Now, before you get all “gushy”, note that while we were thinking along similar lines, we didn’t create  the original structure in this “fourth and twenty” plan. It was originally constructed out of wood by an architect in Vienna, Austria (Erwin Stättner) as a playhouse for his kids. The “hutch”, located below the decking was built to protect the family’s prized rabbit from local foxes. We’re simply replicating it using a Corten Steel ISBU as the primary structure and then converting the lower space to a chicken coop capable of sustaining several chickens.

Stay tuned for more information on this really cool “Chicken Castle!”

And from all of us, to all of you;

“Have a VERY Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!”

We’ll see you guys and gals after the New Year.  🙂

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I’m getting some Corten Chickens…

10 Dec

Mose people who read the blog or our Facebook page know that we’re caught in the cold grips of a pretty severe Arctic Storm. It’s been at or sub-zero for weeks.

As rural residents, this brings several issues to the forefront as you deal with the cold, blizzards, lack of mobility and safety.  In the woods, you’re on your own.

Many of you that are following our “farm exploits” know that as of Spring 2014 our poultry and rabbits will be housed in 20′ ISBUs (Shipping containers) that have been remodeled, insulated and heated. The reasons for this are numerous, but include defense against predation, Mother Nature and “two legged miscreants bent on getting free eggs and meat”. The fact that they are actually “movable” should mean the we’re gonna break the record for the World’s Largest Chicken Tractors… LOL!

We posted a short blurb on Facebook, to see if there was any interest in this.  Within about an hour, we received 17 PMs (private messages) asking for ISBU (Shipping Container) Chicken Coop images.

So, again for the record – In SPRING 2014… our poultry and small livestock (rabbits, etc…) will be housed in ISBU based Corten Steel outbuildings.

As we get these ISBU based “Chicken Castles” laid out and constructed, I’ll share them with you. Let me get them going in the right direction,  huh? : )

I posted this to “seed” interest as many of us are seeing our livestock and birds oppressed by predation and theft. We’re trying to figure out a cost effective, weatherized (self contained) way to accomplish it. ISBUs allow a ready made, transportable, weather-resistant container that is perfect for creating strong “livestock systems.” The nice thing about using 20′ ISBUs is that they are easily moved with a forklift. Couple that with some recycled rigid insulation, a small bank or Photovoltaic panels on the roof to make power for heat and operate fans for venting, etc… and you have something pretty impressive.

Stay tuned.

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