Great Pyrenees Puppies Need Jobs

Great Pyrenees Puppies Need employment February 11 2022, Born November 26 2020 in the Barn and pasture in New Douglas, IL and are being trained by mom and dad who work 24/7 in the pasture with their chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, sheep and cattle and have no clue what the inside of a human house are but could be trained. They are very energetic and require exercise and are a working class livestock protection dog.

We have many of their siblings working on goat farms with chickens and ducks and no complaints so far. $200.⁰⁰ total includes Puppy, First round of shots, microchipped (12/16/21) and will be wormed at 8 weeks. We need a $100.⁰⁰ deposit to hold your puppy and can be paid by CashApp, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, money order, you may wire it via Walmart or in person we do have a POS (point of Sale) and can take credit or debit cards under Metro East Farms.

Normal procedure is to check website it is updated within 12 hours after a sale. Pick a puppy then call us and tell us the puppy’s number (which is the last four digits of the chip number) to work out details on payments then pay the deposit a minimum of $100.⁰⁰  if yo pay in full you will be given the puppy’s chip number so you can get a jump on registering him/her with a national registry. You can call and make a visitation arraignment to visit anytime and we encourage that.  here are the little cotton balls that will need jobs soon.

they never last long so don’t wait.


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For Sale and COMING SOON

GREAT PYRENEES – SOON December 1st 2021 Annabelle and Radar will be taking deposits at 14 days (end of week 2) Pups will be 350.⁰⁰ a deposit of $125.⁰⁰ It includes Record packet, 9 way immunization, dewormed and micro-chipped. Numbers on chip ONLY provided to you when paid in full but are chipped at 3 weeks.

The way we do this is post Pictures with number and sex, when you choose a puppy in person or on line you will be required to pay a deposit within 24 hours or forfeit choice of pup should someone take it after your 24 hours, if you are after 24 hours and pup is still available you may choose that pup.

ALWAYS LOYAL to kids – These pups are born and raised within a pasture containing Chickens, Ducklings, Ducks, Turkeys, Goats with kids, lambs and sheep and cattle. See Our Reviews on sales Here (will pop up in new screen) We socialize the puppies with ALL the animals because the animals have access to them and they have access to all of the animals and so far we have NEVER had pups go to new homes and kill poultry. The parents are aggressive parameter guards, they will walk the property at random intervals unless alerted sooner. If it is not supposed to be within their parameter they will kill it (Coyotes, Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Snakes, Squirrels, Rabbits, sometimes cats (unless you Socialize them when you get them) if you socialize them with cats and rabbits any rabbit will be safe HOWEVER cats are different they know they are predator’s, you can socialize them with your cat and be fine but should that cat or others stalk baby poultry or poultry in general the Great Pyrenees will attempt to run it off then if needed they will kill it to protect their Pack. We say pack because the Great Pyrenees sees them as their family, other goats, sheep, birds can come in (Except Hawks or eagles) and they will accept them anything else comes in that fence you may find shredded at the fence line, that’s their job. Most our animals YES ducks will lay with the Great Pyrenees because they know they are protected.

We WILL NOT sell pups to anyone living in apartments these dogs need room to run and a need to work.

RESERVE YOURS WHEN ADVERTISED they only last until the end on the 3rd and 4th week.

This is a large breed dog and the size of Great Pyrenees in terms of weight and height is almost like a giant. Males and females vary in size.

Male – The male Great Pyrenees’ height is 27 to 32 inches and they weigh 100 to 160 pounds.

Female – The females have a height of 25 to 30 inches and the female Great Pyrenees’ weight can be 85 to 115 pounds


Have 10 Young Rabbits for sale live $8.00 ea. dressed $12.⁰⁰ ea.
Young Ducks $8.⁰⁰ ea. Dressed $14.⁵⁰ ea.
Young Blue Slate Turkeys $14.00 ea. Dressed $19.⁹⁹ ea.

Goats and Sheep will be available February will sell them day old needing bottle fed, Bottle Fed or weaned.

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Gearing up for 2022

Some of you may or may not have known but Paul the master of this plan of taking animals (chicks, chickens, ducklings, ducks, bunnies, rabbits, goat kids and grown ups, lambs and sheep including calves, ponies and horses when available) and disabled and special needs kids birthday parties free of charge has been down the last 3 months. He broke his pinkie on his right hand and immediately 4 days late a bone infection then bacteria blood infection that has had him in and out of the hospital for 3 plus months and now at home with a PICC line with double bags of antibiotics twice a day which makes him ill and mostly bed rest for last couple weeks and will continue antibiotics for at least 2 more weeks.

We still could use help on feed, hay straw and donations until he gets back up and back to business making money for the farm. any help is appreciated…

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Goats have the reputation of being able to stomach almost anything; in fact, they are more common used for weed control, but in fact there is there are quite several plants goats cannot eat. It is important to learn to recognize

Goats have the reputation of being able to stomach almost anything; in fact, they are more common used for weed control, but in fact there is there are quite several plants goats cannot eat. It is important to learn to recognize plants that are toxic to goats and how to recognize the symptoms. There is at least 700+ species of plants in the US that have been recognized as causing toxicity in ruminants. Plants dangerous to goats are more likely to be ingested when the animals are near starvation and eat plants, they normally would avoid such as bales of hay; however, that is not the only time a goat will feed on toxic plants.

Not every toxic plant is deadly, as many toxicity levels causing different effects can occur. Some will be immediate, and others may build up in the animal’s system over time. The type of toxic plant and the amount the animal has ingested will determine the level of toxicity thus the result of sickness and or death.

Black Cohosh Bloodroot Carolina Jessamine Celandine Poppy Bleeding Heart Fumewort Hellebore Larkspur Lupine Corn Cockle Ivy Lily of the Valley Milkweed White Snakeroot Lantana Sneezeweed St. John’s Wort Wolfsbane/Monkshood Dutchman’s Breeches/Stagger weed Parsnips

Boxwood, Carolina Allspice, Oleander, Rhododendron, Wild Black Cherry, Wild Hydrangea, Black Locust, Buckeye, Cherry, Chokecherry, Elderberry, Laurel, Johnson Grass, Sorghum, Sudan grass, Velvet grass, Buckwheat, Rape/Rapeseed, Nightshade, Poison Hemlock, Rattle weed, Horse nettle, Indian Poke, Jimsonweed, Death Camas, Water Hemlock, castor bean, Baneberry, Buttercups, Cocklebur, Creeping Charlie, Lobelia, Sandbur, Spurges, Inkberry, Pokeweed, Pine Trees,

Below is a list more specific however in sheep do NOT use a regular mineral block for your sheep that you use with your goats or cattle, Do NOT use Goat or cow milk replacement you would use in your bottle baby goats and calves excessive copper will kill your sheep before you know what hit you. YOU MAY however use fresh goats milk with bottle fed lambs, don’t ask me why but our vet verified it.

Science Name Common Name(s) Species Most
Often Affected
Parts Poisonous Primary Poison(s)
Apocynum spp. Dogbane horses, cattle, humans, sheep, cats, dogs, goats rhizome apocynamarin
Asclepias spp. Milkweed sheep, cattle, goats leaves, fruits, stems desglucosyrioside, syrioside
Astragalus and Oxytropis spp. Locoweed horse,sheep, cattle flowers, leaves, stems selenium, nitro compounds, swainsonine
Brassica spp, Rape, Cabbage, Turnips, Broccoli, Mustard cattle, humans, swine, sheep, goats, poultry roots, seeds glucosinolates, brassica, anemia factor
Chenopodium album Lambs Quarters cattle, horses, humans, sheep, swine all nitrates
Eupatorium rugosum White Snakeroot cattle, dogs, goats, horses, humans, rabbits, sheep all tremetone
Euphorbia spp. Poinsettia, Spurges, Snow on the Mountain cattle, horses, humans, sheep leaves, stems and sap phorbol esters
Halogeton glomeratus Halogeton sheep, cattle leaves, stems soluble oxalates
Hypericum perforatum St. Johns Wort, Klamath Weed horses, sheep, goats all hypericum
Lantana camara Lantana, Red Sage, Yellow Sage, West Indian Lantana cattle, dogs, goats, cats, humans, sheep unripe, green berries triterpenes
Lathyrus spp. Sweet Pea, Tangier Pea, Everlasting Pea, Caley Pea, Singletary Pea horses, rodents, turkeys, sheep, humans seeds DABA, ODAP, amine, phenol, glycoside
Leucothoe axillaris and Leucothoe davisiae Drooping Leucothoe, Sierra Laurel goats, sheep leaves, nectar andromedotoxin
Linum usitatissimum Flax cattle, sheep all cyanogenic glycoside
Lotus corniculatus Birdsfoot Trefoil cattle, sheep CN tannini
Medicago sativa Alfalfa, Lucerne cattle, chickens, humans, sheep all canavanine, saponins
Metilotus alba and Melilotus officinalis White Sweetclover, Yellow Sweetclover horses, cattle, sheep stem dicoumarol
Nerium oleander Oleander horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, humans, goats all, leaves, stems nerioside, oleandroside, saponins, cardiac glycosides
Phytolacca americana Pokeweed cattle, sheep, humans, turkeys, swine, horses all phytolaccatoxin, phytolaccigenin
Prunus spp. Wild Cherries, Black Cherry, Bitter Cherry, Choke Cherry, Pin Cherry horses, cattle, moose, sheep, swine, goats seeds, leaves amygdalin, prunasin
Pteridium aquilinium Bracken Fern horse, cattle, sheep, humans, swine all prunasin, ptaquiloside, thiaminase
Robinia pseudoacacia Black Locust horses, cattle, humans, poultry, sheep, goats bark, leaves, seeds robin, phasin
Rumex spp. Dock cattle, sheep leaves soluble oxalates
Senecio spp. Senecio, Groundsels, Ragwort horse, cattle, goats, sheep, human leaves jacobine, seneciphylline
Solanum spp. Common Nightshade, Black Nightshade, Horse Nettle, Buffalo Bur, Potato cattle, humans, rodents, sheep, horses, goats leaves, immature fruit soladulcidine,solanine
Tetradymia spp. Horsebrush sheep, cattle leaves
Triglochin maritima Arrowgrass cattle, sheep all, leaves, flowers taxiphillin, triglochinin
Veratrum californicum Corn Lily, False Hellbore sheep all cylcopam


Sheep and goats living together
Like many things related to livestock, the answer to the question, “Can I keep sheep and goats together?” does not have a simple yes or no answer.

Sheep and goats have the same diseases this is probably the #1 reason I hear people say that you should not keep sheep and goats together. However, if your goats and sheep do not have any diseases, then they can’t give them to each other. If we assume you have purchased your sheep and goats from breeders who have animals that have tested negative for common ruminant diseases, then keeping them together is not a problem.

After all, they can’t give a disease to each other if they don’t have it. The other thing to think about is that even if you have only goats (or sheep), and one of them has a disease, it will give it your other goats (or sheep). This is why it is important to buy animals that are disease free. Sheep and goats have the same parasites, yes, they do, but if you don’t practice good parasite management, you will have a lot of problems keeping your animals healthy regardless of whether you have only one species or both.

Copper is toxic to sheep, you can find this statement written all over the place, but it is simply not true. The fact is that sheep need less copper than goats do, and they have a lower tolerance for an excessive amount of copper, of course, excess copper can be toxic to any living creature. But if your sheep accidentally licks up a little of a goat mineral, it will not drop dead. I cannot tell you how many people have freaked out in that scenario because so many sources claim that copper is toxic to sheep. But I simply use a sheep mineral block and give my goats supplements problem solved,,


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The Math of Live Weight to Frozen Cuts in Lamb, Goats, Pork and Beef

The Math of Live Weight to Frozen Cuts in Lamb

Live to Hanging Weight

Sheep lose about half their weight going from live weight to hanging weight. Live weight is just what it sounds like- the weight of the animal “on the hoof.” Hanging weight is just after the animal has been butchered and it’s “hanging” on the rail. At that point, you subtract the hide, head, blood mass, the internal organs, and typically the leg below the front knee and hind hock joint.

The weight loss between live and hanging weight varies- partly by breed. But the biggest influencer is what the animal is “full of.” Pastured animals are full of more water and fiber, so will lose more weight during butchering than an animal that has been largely grain-fed. Animals which are transported for a day before slaughter will also yield higher percentages, because they’ve “emptied out” of most of their water and food. I believe a really excellent yield for a transported, feedlot lamb is around 58%. Pastured animals are lower, hovering around 50%.

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Preserving Eggs for Human Consumption Long Term Storage

By Paul Ragsdale – 06/15/2021

With uncertain times of today and depressions of the past there are many myths and facts of preserving foods certain ways to prep yourselves in case of instant hardships and or a downright economic collapse. Today’s topic will be eggs.  can have 2 main values hatching and eating so since we are talking about preserving let us stick with long term storage. Some people think that if you just set an egg out room temperature it will rot and it will IF it is a store-bought egg or if a fresh egg has been scrubbed clean. Fresh unwashed eggs have a layer called a “Bloom” or also called a cuticle. The eggs pores are sealed preventing bacteria from entering the egg and prevents loss of moisture.

Washing eggs or “Pasteurizing” eggs removes this protective layer breaking down the egg in a short amount of time this includes chicken, duck, goose and any egg you might want to eat. At our home, even if we wash our eggs and keep in a cool dry place (room temp) away from sunlight and not refrigerate we can still eat them within a one-month time and we have NEVER gotten ill or notice odor or taste difference. BUT what if you want to preserve them? Pickling does not have a long shelf life, sawdust and other storage methods only give you a 50/50 shot at best but there is a method, a proven not well-known method for preserving and storing eggs to eat without refrigerating them for a year (12 mo.) or more.

Now before I get started let me say this, at any time that these eggs reach a temperature of 88°F – 100°F for a full 24 – 36 hours either cook and eat them right away or scramble them up and either feed them to your dogs and cats or your friends and relatives also freeze in feeding portions. It is good for them and NOTHING is wasted. If you do not have birds that lay fresh eggs catch eggs on sale at the store buy what you plan on preparing.


  1. Egg’s store bought or fresh washed eggs.
  2. Foam scrubbing pads.
  3. Paper towels, a sponge helps apply and paper towels to dry.
  4. Mineral oil (any brand)
  5. Egg cartons (Jumbo if you have duck eggs, goose eggs & larger use boxes and newspapers)
  6. Both Black & Red permanent markers.


  1. Wash your fresh eggs and simply rinse store bought eggs and set on rack or colander to dry.
  2. Set your clean egg cartons stacked, try to get same shape type some brands us different styles making stacking difficult.
  3. Leave eggs soaked DO NOT WIPE OFF.
  4. Place your eggs inside your egg cartons and after you close your carton, take your Black or Blue permanent marker and put your preparation date on the carton, take your Red marker and put the date you want to rotate those eggs out. We know if they are stored in a cool dry place with no sunlight that the minimum is 9 months and 12 months is so very common with no issues.
  5. Place in a cool dry place away from sunlight, DO NOT REFRIGERATE!

We will cover allot of different things as far as preserving foods or at least lengthening the time a certain food can be stored and, on this website, use the search word or tag of #LongTermFoodStorage and or #PreppingTips #EggPrepping

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Sorry about the slow post with January and February weather things just severely slowed down and the work didn’t. We have 8 Goat kids of now 4 doe’s and 4 buckling’s. One large male buckling will go to market and 2 doe kids will be kept, a Nubian and a Saanen to be dairy goats. 3 Buckling Kids, 2 Doe Kids and 3 adult does will also be sold off the farm or go to auction.

We currently have 41 duck eggs in the incubator at this time and 8 ducklings and 1 chick up for sale and waiting on the Royal Palms to start laying and we will begin incubating those the day they start laying. We should again have Great Pyrenees puppies in May 13th 2021 or pretty close. This years puppies will include and be.

Total Purchase price of $300.00 and $150.00 of that will be a non refundable deposit unless the animal dies or injured before taking custody of the canine. At 6 weeks we will give them a spectra 9 vaccination as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by Canine Distemper, infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, Leptospira CanicolaLeptospira GrippotyphosaLeptospira IcterohaemorrhagiaeLeptospira Pomona. This will be at no extra charge, by this time you need to decide on chipping your dog, If you choose to chip him or her we will add an additional charge of $25.00 this will assure that should your animal become lost or stolen you can prove the canine is yours and we keep records as well to verify you were the original owner bought from our farm.

We will keep everyone updated on the progress, this year though their will be absolutely no holds without a deposit due to a couple deals that fell through so instead of naming names it will be a first deposit first serve.




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Great Pyrenees Puppies (ALL 11 HAVE BEEN SOLD)



Metro East Farms is located in Rural New Douglas, IL on the Bond County side.

On November 19th 2020 our Great Pyrenees had 11 puppies. We have three adult dogs two females and one make, this particular litter is from Radar O’Riley and the mother Annabelle La ‘Bella. The mother and father and other female have been raised in the pasture living with livestock such as goats and have never been inside a house strictly Barnyard dogs so these puppies will be acclimated with Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys and Goats, Radar has one confirmed Coyote kill. They are excellent livestock protection dogs if a wild animal gets into the parameter of the fence surrounding your pasture it is as good as dead so if you have cats or other dogs make sure you socialize them with them as they are growing up it will be fine.

So here is a batch of pictures, Each picture has a number and sex, pictures with number and name have had deposits paid on them and are NOT available. Those with just number and sex are still available. We change picture status within 10 hours of deposit. The deposit it non-refundable unless the animal dies, permanently injured or becomes diseased and buyer wishes to be released from agreement, Read text below pictures for complete details on the what, how and when. They are NOT registered but full blooded Great Pyrenees $200.00 total Male or Female.

To choose an animal make sure you take down the number and sex and send a text to *217-800-6448* to receive availabity of that particular puppy. If it is available and you want that animal you can handle it one of two ways. One Pay 50% deposit on that animal and receive updates and photos until pick up date or set up appointments to visit your puppy when ever you want up to the day you pick him/her up. We take PayPal you can use Credit or debit cards or we have a Point Of Sale (POS) and able to accept them here in person as well and we also cash. Any payments through cards in PayPal requires a 5% on deposit and a 5% on final payment either way a 5% covers the charges placed by PayPal.

ALL puppies will receive a Spectra Canine Distemper, infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, Leptospira CanicolaLeptospira GrippotyphosaLeptospira IcterohaemorrhagiaeLeptospira Pomona Vaccination’s at 6 weeks. Depending on how quickly Annabelle weans her puppies and they transition to dog food they can be scheduled for pick up starting December 31, 2020 to January 14, 2021 ( 6 – 8 weeks old) You will want to set up an appointment for your dog with your vet for his/her Rabies vaccination this is because your first vaccination is for one year, if you take him/her when required you can get the three year rabies vaccination in Illinois for a 3 year period.

Illinois – an animal rabies vaccine recognized as conveying a 3-year immunity is administered to a dog which is at least 1 year of age at the time of vaccination, that vaccination shall be recognized for a period of 3 years.

Missouri – Appears to have only a 1 year option available

Click here to see our Great Pyrenees agreement that is sent by email for each individual dog. Any questions can be directed to me at 217-800-6448 Monday – Friday 7:00 Am to 6:00 Pm CST. Saturday 7:00 Am to 9:00 Pm and Sunday 7:00 to Noon CST. Visitation can be scheduled after hours but only by setting an appointment a minimum of 2 days in advance.

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November Updates – Puppies and more

Hello and welcome to another Metro East Farms update. October was kind of rough we lost a very good dog that we rescued many years ago. he passed away mid-October; he will be sorely missed. We have had a few changes we have added 5 Pekin ducks (Hens) and a Saanen dairy goat that we think may be pregnant. She was bottle fed and was raised in the former owner’s home until weaned and she is very affectionate to humans. She is 2 years old, this makes 3 dairy goats on the farm Willow a Alpine, Dolly Pardon a Nubian and Rosa Blanco a Saanen the name is “White Rose in Spanish.

We have received another $100.00 which will be spent on metal water bowls for the rabbits. We are making a DYI water warmer to keep it from freezing the hopes re to add a thermostat to kick on the entire system on when the temp reaches 34F outside temperature. We will be putting plastic over the fronts of the rabbit hutches to keep out the weather as much as possible.

As some may know we rescued 3 Great Pyrenees livestock dogs. They are strong mountain dogs standing up to 33 inches at the shoulder and can get to 120+ pounds for a male and 80-100 pounds for a female 100 pounds. These guardians are very calm, but they can quickly spring aggressively into action and move with grace and speed to meet a threat to your livestock. A full-grown dog can easily kill a Coyote, Fox, Raccoons, Opossums and anything that wanders into the fenced in boundaries even other dogs and cats.

These dogs protect all your livestock including fowl and poultry, you just must raise them and acclimate them to the idea that they are to be protected not eaten. They have lush weatherproof coat is all white, or white with markings of beautiful shades of gray, tan, reddish-brown, or badger. I hear that the tan black markings are harder to find but only one of this litter is pure white and yes they are full blooded Great Pyrenees.

All the 8 does are pregnant I am pretty good and figuring out if a doe is going to be twins or a single birth, this year it looks like 6 sets of twins and two singles, after weaning I defiantly be milking 3 for sure, however I have milked the others but only got a quart and a half per goat per day. The 3 dairy breeds should double or triple the amount per goat per day. I enjoy milking but when they give a small amount it’s just not the effort unless you really need it.

Until next time we will see ya on the farm…

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Winterizing your Poultry House

(Pictures at bottom of the page)

Hello Friends, today we are going to talk about Poultry, specifically today we will talk about winterizing your hen house and helping your chickens to be comfortable during the winter months.

Chickens are resilient in pretty much all seasons however, Winter can be stressful and with the cold and shorter days they may slow down on laying or stopping all together, the other issue is eggs freezing before you harvest them. Here we harvest eggs each morning and evening when we lock the birds up for the night.

Chickens and other poultry lay best when the days are longer, and the temperature is tolerable because they lay the most eggs when they believe they can hatch babies it’s like fooling their clocks. We have timers on our lights that kick on at 5 Pm Central time to 11:00 Pm this gives them over 14 hours of light. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunlight, it just had to be light.

When the sun begins to set the timers kick on the lights and ALL the poultry and water fowl will head for the Poultry House and begin roosting so that when we come out they are already roosting and all we do is shut the doors to keep them protected from predators even though we have 3 Great Pyrenees ‘that roam the goat pasture which surrounds the chicken pen and house. (Great Pyrenees’ are livestock protection dogs by their breed. We keep the lights on timers in the summer, but the times change to 6 Pm to 9 Pm CST because they will go to roost without having to chase down poultry.

As said before chickens are hardy BUT they can get frostbite and fall prey to sickness. We take a couple heat lamps lamps (Make sure they have a safety cage on them see picture) and a small heater (Chicken house is 18 Ft Long 6 Ft deep and 7 ½ feet high) this is enough heat to bring the temperatures up high enough to keep the eggs from freezing and give the chickens a way to get at least some comfort. It’s not that they will die but that they are comfortable just think about your comfort and you will understand.

Eggs freezing and busting is another concern and with the heat lamps and heaters (Safety tipping switch suggested, Heat lamps safer) it will bring the temperatures just high enough to prevent freezing and bursting. But they are other things that need to be done. Here at Metro East Farms the first determination was extreme heat and cold, so the poultry house was orientated so that the door faces East this is because the United States the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. In the summer the sun comes up in the east rising and going across the southern horizon and finally setting in the west.

It is much cooler in the morning and as it goes across the southern horizon it gets warmer and eventually hotter before setting in the west. 95% of our storms in the spring and summer come from the south west towards the East and North East driving rain into buildings not oriented thoughtfully. WINTER is another story the sun still rises and sets the same way however most Fall and Winter comes from the North and North West again driving weather such as obscene cold temperatures, sleet and snow into building not oriented with thought.

The BEST orientation for chicken houses, rabbit hutches, dog houses and even barns are best if the entrances and fronts of rabbit hutches face the East because it gets light, no hot sun directly into the buildings and or weather and trees will help providing some shade in the summer and fall and winter no leaves it will benefit from the sun hitting the buildings.

The other thing to consider is insulation this can be done cheaply fiberglass insulation rolls are cheap, Generic paneling or super thin paneling is cheap and it’s able to keep the temperatures more consistent. One other thing is air circulation, DON’T cover your ventilation openings instead only cover ¾ of the ventilation area. We have a hole at both the top and bottom we cover the bottom opening screen completely except for a 1-inch gap at the top of the bottom opening and then we cover the top opening screen ¾ to allow the ammonia and such to escape

I hope this has helped you. I know some people will disagree there always is someone that thinks they are a professional or a know it all, but this is how we do it and it works and that is what is important. BUT don’t feed your chickens inside the poultry house many reasons but I’ll let you google that. You can place water inside to keep thawed but be aware you’re probably going to have to clean the container more. Here we use a floating Anti-Ice device that keeps the temperatures high enough to prevent freezing. We use a 15-gallon galvanized tub and 2 kiddie swimming pools for the ducks HOWEVER we don’t fill the kiddie pools when freezing is in a 24-hour window because ducks require water to moisten food so they can swallow.

I hope this helps, please consider joining our mailing list here on Metro East farms so you receive the newsletters and post in your EMail.

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