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Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by Icemaiden » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:23 am

After several years of asking, the girls & I have finally received a new coop for Christmas. No more getting wet in the night when it rains & the old wooden coop leaks. Hooray!

Now I have a very heavy plastic jigsaw puzzle with 170 parts to play with! Good job I've always loved a good jigsaw :roll:

Will keep you all posted.
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Re: Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by Marigold » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:21 am

Well done FC, just in time to beat Redmite 2018!
What make of jigsaw did he bring?
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Re: Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by LadyA » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:39 am

Oh, how lovely! And you have the joy of watching your chickens not knowing to go in the new house, and stand around looking confused at bedtime! :)
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Re: Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by Hen-Gen » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:52 am

Lovely present. My husband bought me a mobile phone in case I fall and fracture my hip! They are a bit of technology I hate. I'd have much preferred another chicken house.

LadyA raises a good point. Chickens have a remarkable ability not to recognise change. So if your new coop has a window then I would keep them shut in for two or three days. I once moved a coop about six feet because it was getting muddy around the pop hole. The chickens seemed unable to recognise their own house.
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Re: Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by Icemaiden » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:27 pm

I read the comments before Christmas about hens leaping up in the air where their old coop had been, so I'm ready for the confusion!

Out of interest, would you put a new coop on the same spot as the old one or a few feet away on fresh ground? I'm conscious that I've not had access to poo pick under the old coop for years, but on the other hand it's on the flattest spot in the run & is handy for a short dash into the greenhouse when it's raining...
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Re: Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by bigyetiman » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:16 pm

Well I got a really good Christmas present, daughter walked through door and announced she was leaving the waste of space she has been living with. His idea of work is playing computer games all day.
OH just about managed not to punch the air with excitement at the announcement, she got the Ospreys in Wales book so was more than happy especially as someone else bought her the Rutland Ospreys book also, that should keep her quiet until said birds start wending their way back.
Great present Icemaiden looking forward to the updates on building progress.
We moved a hen house to a more sheltered position and the end result was confusion for half the birds, the rest worked it out eventually. Of course the one brave soul that ventured inside first made sure everyone knew what a hero she was
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Re: Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by Hen-Gen » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:25 pm

Ah, hens egos, bigyetiman. I retained just one pullet this year, a Jersey Giant, and put her in with the Dominiques in September. She got bullied unmercifully. Now she thinks she's Boadicea. I'm expecting her to invade Mercia come the Spring,

But a really good present was a book called 'The Fundamentals of Colour Genetics in Canaries'. Nearly had an orgasm!
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Re: Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by Marigold » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:23 pm

Icemaiden wrote:I read the comments before Christmas about hens leaping up in the air where their old coop had been, so I'm ready for the confusion!

Out of interest, would you put a new coop on the same spot as the old one or a few feet away on fresh ground? I'm conscious that I've not had access to poo pick under the old coop for years, but on the other hand it's on the flattest spot in the run & is handy for a short dash into the greenhouse when it's raining...
If it's in the best place for a coop, why not remove the old one, rake up the old poo and soil soil from underneath, treat the ground with sanitising powder and then instal the new coop?
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Re: Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by Icemaiden » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:38 am

Marigold's suggestion sounds like a good one. As it turns out, it's not too late either...

I'd naïvely thought that today would be spend unpacking, checking that we had all the bits & then building the coop in the run.
However, when we unpacked it I was really disappointed by the quality of the manufacturing. The machinery used can't have been sharpened since it was first commissioned. It's clearly normal though, as the instructions tell you to use a sharp knife or sandpaper to remove all excess plastic before assembly. Each plastic component had lots of small peckable bits of plastic left by the cutting process which I'm sure the girls would peck at, fill their crops with and poison themselves with. (See photos.)
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The roof, before "removing excess plastic".
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Sanding excess plastic from the front panel
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One of many panels before "removing excess plastic"
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I'm really surprised that Green Frog ship out coops in this condition, especially given what they cost. My husband and I have spend the whole day cutting & filing off bits of plastic that shouldn't have been there and are no closer to getting the thing built.

Do Solway coops arrive in this state? It might have a bearing on people's choice of new coop in the future. Green Frog really need to get their act together.

Hmmphh.
(Gets off soapbox...) :cry:
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Re: Thank you Father Christmas!

Post by Marigold » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:29 am

That's very surprising, Icemaiden. Mine certainly wasn't like that. I shall be interested to hear what their customer service has to say about it, when you send them the photos. If mine had arrived like that I would have sent it straight back.
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