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Friday, June 22, 2012

Love Seat Adirondack Chair

My wife and I don't ever want to separate ourselves when it comes to chairs or anything else. That is why I built an Adirondack Chair as a love seat so we can both fit on it. We can also put some padding on it pull it next to our fire pit, and have a relaxing evening together.
 
If an Adirondack Love Seat is what you want I can modify this chair become wider or thinner. Once you are in this chair with your sweetheart, you will not want to be in any other outdoor chair.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How to Maintain a Compose Bin

I just built this compose bin that is ready to gather all the compose I need to maintain my garden. I thought I might give some pointers on how to maintain a compose bin and what to put in it.

The fist type of ingredient we need is Greens. Greens can be anything from vegetable scraps, grass clippings, weeds, animal manure, and egg shells.
The other type of ingredient is Browns. This includes shredded newspapers, cardboard toilet paper tubes, twigs, and sawdust.
Sometimes people just expect to use just grass, leaves, and other yard compose. That is good and all, but if you are lacking those resources and if you are bid into recycling, than these materials will help you big time. 
How to mix Greens and Browns? The average garden produces more greens and browns. This will take time and discipline, but when it is done right, you will have a very healthy garden.
The first thing you need to make sure you maintain is turning your compose weekly. Every week get out there and turn the compose so you can add aeration and mix the content more.
The next thing to do is to make sure that you are balancing the moisture content. If the pile is too wet, don't ad as many greens, but add shredded newspapers or fall leaves and mix as you go. If moisture continues to me an issue, cover the pile with a tarp.
If the pile is too dry, just give it a spray with a hose until it is moist enough. It is best to mix the contents as you spray with water.
If you think you may be adding too much compose to your garden, you are not. Gardens love compose and make as much as you like.
Hope this information helps and feel free to click on my compose bid photo to see it's details on my website.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How Many Square Feet Per Chicken for a Chicken Coop

I have seen this question come around quite a bit, so I am going to write this up really quick. You should have a minimum of 2 square feet per chicken in your coop.
So that means that if you have a 4x4 chicken coop such as this one shown, you can have up to 8 chickens.
Also be aware that you need to also have perches for your chickens. The perches are pieces of wood that are mounted about 6 inches off  the ground so the chickens can perch on it. The more perches you have the more chickens you can store.
Here is a second photo showing my perches.
Good Luck on Your Coops Building Experience



Monday, June 18, 2012

Chicken Coop Materials

Studs: It depends on what size of a coop you are building. If you plan to build larger than a 4x4 coop, than I would recommend building with 2x4's. But if it is smaller than that, you can build with 2x2s.

Siding: I always use smart siding, the type of siding that is always used on sheds. This siding is engineered to be used on homes and other structures so it is tough and durable.

Roof Sheathing: I use 7/16 osb which is a standard grade I use on my sheds. Especially for a coop, you will have not problems with snow load.

Roofing: Either use galvanized metal roofing and 30 year shingles. Either of these will work great, but metal roofing will last you a heck of a lot longer than shingles.

Chicken run: I used treated lumber as my studs and rafters due to the moisture exposure that it will have and i like to add a roof to the chicken run with 7/16 osb and metal roofing. It would not hurt to make sure you use 2x4 rafters to hold the weight of the chicken feeders as well.

Chicken Perches: I use 2x2 pine wood for the perches which will be more than enough support to hold a chicken as long as it is less than 3 feet long. If any longer, I would recommend 2x4's.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Vintage Style Wooden Toys

We have decided to start building vintage style wooded toys. We have found that vintage toys are more likely to last longer than the average toy that is built today.
That is why we have started building our vintage style toys out of solid wood so it will last longer than the new toys you buy today.
What is nice about vintage toys is that they are simple, solid, and not as noisy compared to other toys. So this has been a huge plus for many parents. I welcome you to view these toys on my site.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

What Does Your Chicken Coop Need

There are a variety of features that are required to make a productive chicken coop.
The first thing that you will need is a structure that will have 2 square feet per chicken available. Such as a 4'x4' coop can hold 8 chickens.
The next thing needed will be your nesting boxes. You will not need 8 nesting boxes for 8 chickens, but sometimes those 8 chickens will fight over 2 or 3 nesting boxes. About 4 nesting boxes would be enough for your chickens.
You will then need some perches so your chickens can have a place to hang out or sleep. I hear these perches should be 6 to 8 inches apart so so it is easy for them to climb up the perch. The higher the perch the more your chickens will enjoy it.
Next is an easy access door for you to easily access the coop and maintain anything needed to work with your chickens. Sometimes it is best to have the door open up one whole side of the coop to make it really easy to get in.
Now you will need a chicken door that will be roughly 8 inches x 10 inches high. You will want this door to be able to open and close if desired.
What I have just described are minimal requirements to have a standard coop, but if you want to have some additional features to better care for your chickens than here are a few other thoughts.
Build a chicken run that is about 4'x8' long if you are building a 4'x4' coop as I have described before. Building this run will let your chickens run out and enjoy the weather and if your coop is raised off the ground, the chickens can go under you coop so they can be in the shade in the winter.
Hope this information helps and hope you enjoy your chicken coop building experience.
You can visit my website to see all chicken coop models and pricing if you desire to build one of my easy cute coops.
http://www.uppervalleybuilders.biz/Chicken-Coops.html