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Best Boredom Busters To Keep Your Chickens Busy!

Written by Outpost Buidlings on January 12th, 2018.      0 comments

Make sure your hens have some fun this summer with these great ideas.


When chickens have little to keep them amused, they will often turn to pecking at themselves and one another- an unhealthy habit that can cause feather loss, injury and animosity among your flock.
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Straw, hay bale or lawn clippings


Putting a bale or pile of straw, grass clippings or hay in the chicken coop or run will keep your girls entertained for hours - they are not a fan of piles! Watch as they scratch and peck through the pile searching for insects, seeds and other hidden goodies until there is a pile no more.
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Hang something for them to peck at


Use a piece of string and hang something for your hens to peck at. Some ideas to use are cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower or broccoli. Dodging and pecking at the hanging treat will be a fun game for your flock, and provide them with a healthy boost of greens!
 

Mirror in the coop


Add a mirror to your backyard coop is a great way to keep your chooks from getting bored. Your curious girls will happily keep entertained by pecking at their reflection and checking themselves out to make sure they are looking their best!
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Give your hens something to peck at


If your girls are deserving of a treat, a Poultry Pecker is the answer. It will provide them with a mix of treats and nutritious ingredients alike, as well as giving them something to peck at rather than one another. Outpost sell Poultry Peckers for just $9.95 each buy online now >
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Extra perches or a swing!


Chickens love to perch, giving them new perches so they can see a different view will make them happy. Adding extra perches outside will allow your girls to get a different perspective of the great outdoors. If you want to get really creative, use pieces of wood, branches or even ladders to make your girls their own jungle gym- or even make them a chicken swing! A chicken swing can be made easily with some rope and a small branch, just hang it up low enough so they can get onto it easily and wait until they figure it out!
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Outpost Buildings sell a great range of accessories for your chickens such as pellet feeders, water fonts, chicken treats, smite powder & oyster grit. Check out the range of products for your hens online now
 

Hunter Custom Stable Design Showcase

Written by Outpost Buildings on November 21st, 2017.      0 comments

Outpost custom designed this “Hunter” style stable for a customer.

Hunter style stables from Outpost Buildings have a mono pitch roof line that is higher at the front for easy access. This makes it easier to get horses in & out of. The Hunter design is modular so can be extended to suit your needs by adding more stalls, tack rooms or covered areas.

The stable featured here has two generous sized stalls with plywood windows for extra ventilation. The solid timber stall doors are easy to use and there is an optional upgrade available to extra strong galvanised steel framed doors.
The covered area in between the two stalls is great for grooming or feeding. At the back of the covered area there is a tack room for storing feed and tack equipment.

There are clear panels in the side cladding and roof for interior lighting. The stable is designed to be built on a concrete foundation and the customer can add bedding of their choice such as stable rubber mats or sawdust.

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How to choose a Chicken Coop your hens will love

Written by Outpost Buildings on September 22nd, 2017.      0 comments

If you’re considering getting some hens then there are some things you need to know about hen houses to make sure your hens are happy.

Fresh eggs from your own hens are great but hens can be a bit fussy about when and where they lay. It's worth getting the coop right, otherwise you will be simply feeding your birds for no result.

There are heaps of designs for chicken coops online and if you have a bit of time and the ability to hammer a few nails, you will be able to find plans to build you own or you can buy one of the many kitsets available. Whatever you decide to do, here's a list of things you should make sure your hen house has to make sure you get your fair share of eggs.

  • A dry, draft free place for your hens
  • Perches for them to sleep on at night
  • Next boxes for them to lay eggs in
  • Access to food & water
  • Ventilation & light
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Collect, clean and store your eggs right!

Written by Outpost Buildings on August 1st, 2017.      0 comments

Fresh eggs is a great reason to have backyard chickens.

 
But your fresh eggs could be dangerous to eat if you don't collect, clean, and store them right.
Most chicken coops are not the cleanest places on earth. They're full of dirt, poop, and things your eyes can't see: bacteria.
If you don't clean and store your eggs right, they could bring nasty bugs into your kitchen and could harm your other foods and your health.
For that reason, follow this guide to make sure your eggs are safe to eat.
 

Collecting your fresh eggs from the coop

Check your coop at least twice a day for eggs. Once in the morning, and once in the evening. For larger flock, you may want to check at least three times a day.
But why that often?
Eggs are fragile and bacteria can easily enter the skin if there's the slightest crack on it. The longer you leave them, the higher possibility of your eggs becoming cracked.
But that's not the only reason.
Your own chickens may eat them.
Chickens, like humans, like to eat eggs (yes, even their own!). This can become a bad habit for your hens…they'll eat the egg as soon as its layed.
You also don't want your eggs to get poopy, even if you can clean them.

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Horse Stables & Shelters on Sale NOW!

Written by Outpost Buildings on July 17th, 2017.      0 comments

Shelter for your horses & storage for your equipment - strong & secure buildings that look great!

  • Paddock Shelters
  • Holding Stalls
  • Stalls with Tack Sheds
  • Stables

Free Kitset Delivery

Free kitset delivery to our transport depots nationwide. From there you can pick up your kitset with a trailer or we can arrange hiab truck delivery to your site for an extra charge. Please ask us for a quote for hiab delivery if you want.
 

Quality Guaranteed!

Outpost kitsets come ready to assemble with semi assembled parts & all hardware & fixings required.
Guaranteed quality, many other designs & sizes available!
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Interesting facts about Alpacas

Written by Outpost Buildings on July 11th, 2017.      0 comments

Alpacas don’t bite or butt and are free of sharp teeth, horns, hooves and claws.

 
They make great lawnmowers because instead of pulling grass out by the root, they nibble off the top of the plant.
  • Their feet have soft pads which won’t churn up the earth.
  • Baby Alpacas are called Crias (pronounced "Cree-uhz")
  • The gestation period for alpacas is 11 1/2 months - almost a whole year!
  • Alpaca fibre comes in 22 natural colours
  • There are 2 types of alpacas; Suri and Huacaya
  • Suri alpacas have long fibre that looks a bit like dreadlocks - pictured to the right
  • Huacaya alpacas have shorter fibre that looks fuzzy like a teddy bear with tightly bunched curls
  • Alpacas love to have dust baths
  • Alpaca fibre is flame resistant

More information at: http://www.alpaca.org.nz/ 

Pictured below is some alpacas in their Outpost Paddock Shelter with a shed on one end for storing feed. This design is relocatable click here for more information on Livestock Shelter
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We'll be at Mystery Creek Fieldays!

Written by Outpost Buildings on May 24th, 2017.      0 comments

See us at Fieldays at Mystery Creek!

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The Outpost team will be at Fieldays again this year. There will be 4 buildings on display; a Garden Shed, Hen House, Livestock Shelter & Bobby Calf Pen.

If you're thinking about buying a new shed or shelter for your animals then please come & see us to have a look at the quality of our buildings - you'll be impressed with their strength & design!

It was great to met so many lovely people last year at Fieldays, we had a great time & quite a few visits from customers. 

We will be running a WIN a Hen House Competition! Simply come and see us at site S11 at Fieldays to enter your name in the draw.

There will also be some great Fieldays specials on many of our products so don't miss out - come & see us at site S11!
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Tips for Calf Rearing

Written by Outpost Buildings on May 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Rearing calves is a great way to make a bit of money on your lifestyle block or farm.


You can usually buy calves from dairy farms or beef cattle farms. Most Dairy farms will have calves available between June & September depending on the climate in their location and their preference.

Calves will cost you somewhere between $80-$150 each depending on the season & breed of the calves you are buying. You can make a profit of approximately $70-$100 per calf at weaning time. There is potential to make more of a profit if you keep beef calves until around 18 months of age, presuming you have raised quality animals.

Here’s some information that will help you decide if you want to rear some calves on your block.

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AUTUMN TIPS FOR YOUR HENS

Written by Outpost Buildings on March 9th, 2017.      0 comments

Chickens are affected by dropping temperatures & the change in day light hours during Autumn. Most hens will moult during late summer or early Autumn.
 

Keeping Warm

Chickens have a natural way of keeping warm and in general, most chickens tend to be cold hardy enough for NZ conditions. Chickens can actually handle the cold of winter better than the heat of summer. They have an instinct to fluff their feathers to keep warm. They also have the natural instinct to roost together.

Some people choose to heat their hen house over winter. Many argue that a heated coop is not only a fire hazard, but also not healthy for chickens. Their bodies may not easily adjust to the drastic temperature change inside and outside of the coop.

Also, remember that heating the coop can increase moisture. Too much moisture inside the coop can cause illness or frostbite to your flock.

We recommend that if you have an Outpost Hen House that you reposition it so that it is facing away from the prevailing wind during the winter months.

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Tips for building a horse stable

Written by Outpost Buildings on February 10th, 2017.      0 comments

Having a stable building for your horses is great and you can include a wide range of spaces designed for uses such as overnight stabling, storing all your gear & feed, wash down areas, float parking or storage, foaling stalls and grooming.

 
What space do you want?
Consider the size of your stable; how many horses do you intend to stable? How big do you want the stalls to be for each horse. Outpost Stall sizes can be customised to suit your requirements. The most popular stall sizes are 3.5m x 3.5m or 3.5m x 4.2m. These sizes allow plenty of space for your horses to move around and also for you to safely move around in the stall with your horse.
 
How much storage do you need?
Will you want to store hay and other feed in your stable? It’s a great idea to have a lockable tack room to store all your expensive equipment. Keeping it in your stable building will be handy for when you want to use it as well.

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Pictured above is the new Settler Barn with Tack Shed. Click here for more information on this design.

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WHAT NOT TO FEED YOUR CHICKENS

Written by Outpost Buildings on January 26th, 2017.      0 comments

Chickens are great food-munching machines - they will eat almost anything and my hens love a bit of variety in their diet.

But, just because they eat it doesn’t always mean it’s good for them so it's important to know what to give them and what you shouldn’t give them.

It’s great to feed your chickens table scraps. I hate throwing things in the trash, so it seems logical to me that I can feed some of our half-eaten meals to the ladies in the backyard. However, there are some foods that you should not feed to your hens.

Here is a list of the most common foods that you should not feed to your hens.

 

Not safe for Chickens

  • Potato Peels
  • Raw Potato or green potato
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Candy
  • Avocado skin or pit
  • Dried lentils or beans
  • Uncooked rice
  • Onion
  • Raw Eggs
  • Salty foods
  • No spoiled or mouldy foods

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Chickens should not eat green potatoes or green tomatoes!

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Dried beans are known to create very serious illness and even death for chickens.


 

 

 

New Pioneer Barn with Stall and Tackshed

Written by Outpost Buildings on January 11th, 2017.      0 comments

NEW DESIGN!


This great new design has room to park your horse float, plenty of tack storage and an undercover stall for your horses.

Overall size: 9m x 7.8m x 4.5m high

This building is supplied in kitset form with all the parts required. They are faster and easier for your builder to assemble with our comprehensive building plans.
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Building dimensions:

Barn size: 4.5m x 9m
Tackroom size: 3m x 3m
Stall size: 4.5m x 3m

The barn area is great for storing your horse float or hay and other equipment. Easy to access with a big roller door.

High quality building materials are used such as:
  • Exterior CD grade H3 treated plywood walls with decorative timber battens
  • Your choice of Colorsteel or Zincalume roofing
  • Strong, pre-assembled solid timber doors
  • Colorsteel or Zincalume flashings & gutterings
This design should be built on a concrete foundation.
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We can customize this design to suit your requirements.

Call us on 0800 688 767 for more information
Check out our other large stable designs >>
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NEW Outpost Matakana Display Buildings Site

Written by Outpost Buildings on January 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Check out our new display site in 533 Matakana Road, Warkworth.

There is a Horse Stable & a Garden Shed on display so you can see the quality our our buildings for yourself!

We don't have any staff at the display site so please call the Outpost Team on 0800 688 767 if you have any questions about our buildings.

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How much water do my animals need?

Written by Outpost Buildings on November 17th, 2016.      0 comments

Like with humans, water is the most important requirement for your livestock. But how much can you expect each animal to consume?

A number of factors can affect your livestock’s water consumption, including temperature, diet, pregnancy, lactation and animal weight.
Healthy levels of water consumption ensure that an animal will maintain its body weight, body temperature and overall health. Without enough water they will become dehydrated and malnourished.
 
The following chart can be used as a guide, but please note that these calculations are approximate only.
 
ANIMAL
Litres of water per head per day
Poultry 100 - 250mls
Sheep 3 to 12 litres
Goat 4 to 10 litres
Alpaca 2 to 12 litres
Deer 6 to 12 litres
Pig 10 to 35 litres
Horse 18 to 45 litres
Beef Cow 30 to 55 litres
Dairy Cow 30 to 75 litres

*The higher numbers represent the amount of water recommended for lactating animals or hot conditions.
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What should I feed my hens?

Written by Outpost Buildings on October 19th, 2016.      0 comments

What do chooks eat?

Kitchen and vegetable garden scraps can be given to chickens everyday, ideally as a supplement to good quality poultry pellets. Weeds also have high nutritional value, but avoid giving them weed types that are unfamiliar to you or that may have had pesticide added. Potato skins are poisonous to hens so don’t feed them raw potato or potato peels.

Chickens are not vegetarians. They love eating meat. Chooks will forage for insects, slugs and worms and they will strip the meat off bones, catch mice and eat dinner meat leftovers to get their protein.

Pellets are an efficient, cost effective food source which are easy for birds to pick up and swallow. When buying pellets remember that cheaper feed with lower levels of crude protein will not give your hens what they need to be top producers. Commercial poultry feed has a shelf life of around 12 weeks, so keep it fresh. Try not to use different feed brands, or you could upset their laying routine.

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