Sunday, April 10, 2011
The Chicken Concern!
Concern...to relate to; be connected with; be of interest or importance to; affect.
We raise the poultry consumed by our family using the Joel Salatin method as outlined in his book, Pastured Poultry Profits. The chickens are raised on pasture in movable fencing and follow our cows which are also in movable fencing. We've used the *chicken tractor* pens, but recently our seventeen year old son decided to build a movable house on wheels which he named *The Chicken Concern*. It is thus named because of a BBC Production we watched called Victorian Farm. The three *stars* of the show, Ruth, Alex, and Peter move to a Victorian Farm for a year and farm and live using only the methods and tools of that particular time period. They purchase chickens for their farm and call their enterprise *The Chicken Concern*! The *girls* lay their eggs in the *concerns* boxes, and at night they go inside to roost on poles and to be protected from predators.
Joshua built the house using more of the free lumber spoken of in an earlier post,and we already had the screws, nails, and tin needed for the project.
The wood is from the free shipping pallets my husband and sons pick up once a month from a mattress company. Many of these aren't the short pallets. Some are 8 feet long:)
The wheels and axles were found on Craig's List and had to be purchased.
A brother and sister lend a helping hand:)
Dad came out to help finish things up:)
The house is moved every other day along with the movable fencing, and our children are capable of pushing it around. It can also be pulled with the 4 wheeler or the horses.
The *girls* seem to like their new home.
Their eggs can be retrieved without having to go inside the *concern*.
It has plenty of laying boxes!
We have an ever growing supply of the free lumber. So far they have built a corn crib, *homestead* play houses, window boxes, and the little ones have built fences around their forts, tools for their play, and more than I can remember at the moment!
The chickens seem to be quite happy and protected in their new *mobile* home, and we are thankful!