Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Thursday, April 02, 2009

BETTER THAN DIAMONDS AND FURS

Ron designed this wonderful chick nursery box for my Spring chicks. Usually we place the large wooden box on saw horses inside our house. At first it is a great bonding time for me with the babies but pretty soon the smell becomes overpowering. With the help of my son and grandsons Ron has enlarged the chicken house and he came up with the idea to set the nursery box in the hen house permanently. It is attached to the barn wall high enough up to keep out predators but low enough for me to work with the chicks and the roof is slanted to keep the big chickens from roosting on top and covering the box with poopies.
The hinged lid makes it possible for me to keep the box cleaned out and get the chicks fresh food and water.
I use a long pole to prop open the lid so I can do my work and play with the chicks from time to time. My son came up with the idea for the supports for the hinges on the box lid.
The sudden return of cold weather through us for a loop, but much to our happy surprise, the warm light over the chicks and the hanging of a flap over this one open end, kept the chicks warm enough to survive the sudden Winter blast. It is wonderful to have a place to keep chicks out of the house and might allow me to bring more home more often. Next Ron is going to rig up a pen for adding guinea fowl. We have learned that keeping them in cage and only releasing one at a time over several weeks keeps them roosting with the chickens at night. Oh, and did I mention we almost bought a miniature burro? Ron is also working of a corral so I can obtain some four legged critters.
Yes it does worry some of my friends and family that I get more excited over things like this chicken box than I do about fancy stuff.

12 comments:

  1. That is just a wondeful place for your baby chicks. I am with you, I would rather have chickens, etc. than any fancy things.
    Once I had a baby pigmy goat names Snuggles. He was my pride and joy. He was born in Feb. and the the mother died. He was 4 days old when I got him, he slept with me 3 night until I could find a baby play pin for him to sleep in

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  2. Yeah, but a fur coat doesn't make cute chick noises and a diamond ring doesn't lay eggs - I like your idea of wealth!!

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  3. Contentment.....there is nothing like it. Most people spend a lifetime looking for it....
    I can just see you with all those little chicks:)

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  4. I understand that excitement; there are things here I could get very excited over - if someone would do them!!

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  5. I think you are just awesome. And I think Ron is just awesome. How wonderful that you get what you want. It doesn't take diamonds and furs to make me happy either.

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  6. Not sure what you mean by 'fancy' stuff as I think this box is pretty darn fancy. It is probably pretty rare as well.

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  7. You make me want to own farm animals...but my father would probably cook my pets if I did.

    That nursery box is awesome! Ron did a fine job!

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  8. Chickens in the house?
    Ron is a prince.

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  9. I get more excited about projects like that, made by Mr RK, than any material stuff. It's design, energy, creativity, art - good stuff.

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  10. What a great idea! I have been keeping mine in the house for a couple of weeks and then into one of my outdoor buildings but I would like to do as you and just start them outside.

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  11. That chicken box rocks! I'm afraid my cat would love it a little too much!

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