Creative livestock housing--an unused silo cap.It seems you can never have enough outbuildings around the homestead. You need to store equipment and gardening supplies, house chickens and other livestock-and the list goes on and on. Creatively using what you have on hand is a must on any homestead, and an added bonus. We found an inexpensive alternative to a stick-built outbuilding outbuilding n. a structure not connected with the primary residence on a parcel of property. This may include a shed, garage, barn, cabana, pool house, or cottage. . A silo top was purchased for $500 and moved to our property with the intent of using it for storage. Considering this silo top has 314 square feet, $500 was a good bargain. (A 1-1/2 car garage of similar square footage would cost several times that amount.)
We learned that two people can put up a silo top on a gravel foundation with little effort in less than a day. Several bolts and clips were missing, which left a few holes exposed. Clear silicone helped seal these holes. After we decided we would like to raise some chickens and rabbits for meat while keeping some laying hens, the idea of using the top for a storage shed was abandoned. We decided to convert this silo top into housing for 10 guineas, which will help control the tick population and serve as watch dogs. We have 25 meat birds four laying hens for eggs and breeding, as well as three New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. rabbits (one buck and two does) for breeding.
With two days of work the inside of the silo top was set up with two chicken coops and seven rabbit cages. Both coops were constructed and separated with 2 x 4s, 2 x 6s, plywood plywood, manufactured board composed of an odd number of thin sheets of wood glued together under pressure with grains of the successive layers at right angles. Laminated wood differs from plywood in that the grains of its sheets are parallel. , chicken wire, and miscellaneous hardware. One coop COOP
See Banks for Cooperatives (COOP). for the guineas (a quarter of the floor space) was set up with tree limbs for roosting and a hanging waterer and feeder. The other coop for chickens (another quarter of the floor space) was set up with nesting boxes, roosts, a waterer, feeder and a heat lamp heat lamp
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heat lamp Infrared lamp, see there for brooding. Each coop has a hole cut out of the side of the silo top so the birds can come and go outside as they please. The exit holes can be closed if you need to confine any of the birds. The other half of the space is being used for the rabbits and galvanized gal·va·nize
tr.v. gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing, gal·va·niz·es
1. To stimulate or shock with an electric current.
2. (mouse proof!) garbage cans to hold all of the feed.
A hole was also cut in the side of the silo top large enough to frame in an exterior door for people. The exterior of the silo top was back filled with dirt to deter predators from digging under the foundation from the outside. To help keep predators from getting to the birds while they free-range, 328 feet of electric poultry net was purchased from Premier 1 Supplies (2031 300th St., Washington, IA 52353, 800-282-6631, www. premier1supplies.com for a catalog), and energized with an 110 volt volt [for Alessandro Volta], abbr. V, unit of electric potential and electromotive force. It is defined as the difference of electric potential existing across the ends of a conductor carrying a constant current of 1 ampere when the power dissipated is 1 watt. fence charger CHARGER, Scotch law. He in whose favor a decree suspended is pronounced; vet a decree may be suspended before a charge is given on it. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4, 3, 7. . This type of fencing is easy to move and allows us to rotate the pasture pasture, land used for grazing livestock. Land unsuited for cultivation, e.g., hilly or stony land, may be used as pasture. Tilled land and meadow may be pastured after the crops are removed. area. There is also a small fenced-in coop within the boundaries of the poultry netting. This outside coop is used to house new birds before they are introduced to the rest of the flock. We also made some outdoor structures for hanging feeders and waterers out of PVC PVC: see polyvinyl chloride.
in full polyvinyl chloride
Synthetic resin, an organic polymer made by treating vinyl chloride monomers with a peroxide. pipe. These will have a roof added to them to deter wild birds from eating the chicken feed and mixing with our flock.
Most of the materials used to set up our chicken yard and rabbitry are recycled and inexpensive. You could use old silo tops for all kinds of small and medium sized livestock. Silo tops come in a wide range of sizes and can be found for little or nothing.
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