So hopefully you are here because you are interested in becoming a chicken owner, whether it is for eggs, meat or just the fact that they are amazingly fun pets to have and make great gardeners. Like all pets, you need to make sure your chickens are healthy, happy and are safe from outside threats. A key component to make sure all you accomplish all of these things is having a proper chicken run. Before building your run you need to gather the right materials and tools, so hopefully I can help you with that in this article.
Your location will play a large role in what kinds of chickens you should be raising, how many chickens you can legally own and even if you are allowed to have chickens at all. If you live in Hawaii you probably won’t need at much protection from the weather as you would if you lived in Massachusetts. The same goes for the breed of chicken you should be buying, there are certain chickens that are great in the cold weather and others who will not survive. So before you get ahead of yourself, figure out what breeds you need for your location and also if you live in a city where there might be restrictions on owning livestock, find out how many chickens you can legally own and if you need a permit for your coop.
The place where you construct your pen must be safe and sturdy enough to withstand any predator’s mark. It should be constructed in a way that your poultry are not easily snatched not only by scavengers but also by people who are pretty much interested in chicken stew. They must be protected and locked-in, especially at night.
What is a post and wire type of pen? It is by far the simplest kind of design wherein materials like posts, strong wires, fence staples are used. The tools needed to help you complete the job are the ordinary hammer, wire cutters, crowbar and sledgehammer. Gathering these materials are the very first thing you have to do upon planning.
Fence post can’t be bought one at a time but in bundles. If you became worried that the excess lumbers will go to waste once the fence is finished, worry no more. This is because fence posts can be used in incredible purposes like supporting beams for sheds. Chicken wire is usually used. But for safety purposes a stucco wire is stronger and is more recommended for holding building sides.
There are really no actual fence staples, that is why the local staples used for wiring can be used as an alternative. Skimping the staples should not be stressed. You need a lot while construction is ongoing and also additional supplies in cases of emergencies. The sledgehammer is used to pound the post into the soil. Weight is the first thing that you have to take note of when choosing a sledgehammer. Make sure that it is not too heavy that you can’t lift it up and not too light that you will need to exert all your efforts just to pound your post. The crowbar is used for digging a hole where the pole will be placed. Lastly, the regular hammer will be useful for those hardheaded staple wires to dig in the posts.
The Great Appalachian Homesteading Conference
Welcome to the official ticket and information site for The Great Appalachian Homesteading Conference hosted by Appalachia's Homestead with Patara! We are excited to bring you this second annual homesteading conference on May 6, 2017 in Crossville, Tennessee at The Cumberland County Community & Fairgrounds in Crossville, Tennessee. Be sure to check out our official Facebook page for more detailed information! *Below are the current classes listed with MORE to come! More information to come on vendors, food, and entertainment as well! Stay tuned for more additions and updates! *Ticket purchases include **ALL** classes & demonstrations! Official schedule to be posted prior to the event so you can pick and choose your own agenda for this fantastic all day conference! ~ ~ Chickens For Children with Patara of Appalachia's Homestead ~ Off Grid Living-A Woman's Perspective with Starry Hilder ~ Rabbits: Basics & Benefits with John Null of jnull0 & Rankins Creek Rabbitry ~ The Sweet Potato Way with Danny & Wanda King of Deep South Homestead ~ Lessons From New Homesteaders – Taking The Leap Of Faith with ART & BRI ~ Israeli Krav Maga & Self-Defense for Everyone with Noah Parkman of Premier Martial Arts Knoxville ~ Permaculture Herb Gardening with Jim Buckenmyer, Frontier Historian ~ How to Grow Your Own Mushrooms with Angel Miller of 2 Angels Mushroom Farm ~ Growing with Soil Blocks with OldAlabamaGardener "OAG" ~ Livestock Guardian Dogs-Training with Anna Abney ~ Livestock Guardian Dogs-Breeds, Purpose & Myths with Anna Abney ~ Intro to Fermentation with Rachel Milford of Reclaiming Your Roots ~ Healing The Gut with Food & Herbs with Rachel Milford of Reclaiming Your Roots ~ Homesteading: How to Get Started with John Pearson "Frugal Farmer" ~ Intro To Heirloom Seed Saving with Troy Teets of Spring Creek Veggies ~ Is Raising Pigs Right For You with Rachel Payne of Tiramar Farms ~ Coffee & Crochet with Jeni – Jeni Prat of Pratt Family Homestead ~ Intro to Basket Weaving with Evan Kidd of Reed' Em & Weave ~ Making Dairy Profitable on Your Homestead with Tinia Creamer of Lucas Farm ~ Solar 101 For Your Homestead with TENNESSEE SOLAR SOLUTIONS, LLC ~ Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling with Gena Suarez of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine & Molly Green Magazine ~"Quilt of Many Colors" ~ Intro to Quilt Making with Phyllis Embry Spalding~ ~ Homestead First Aid with Kristi and Rachel Hulsey*Music entertainment by Patara Marlow & Nick Marlow