Category Archives: Chickens

Release the Chickens

That’s what I hope to do this weekend. I need to go pick them up from our farmer friend who sells started birds.  I decided to leave it outside the sheep pen and closer to the house so that it is easier for us to get into and out of.  I have a feeling that at some point I will move it into the pen, but this will be it’s home at least temporarily. This is the view out our window.
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I had used some moving dollies and a hand cart to move the coop off the trailer. I blocked it up in order to get the dollies underneath it and the whole thing went rather well.

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I got the hardware cloth the other day and still need to put that onto the coop but it shouldn’t take long with an air stapler. You can see in the following pictures that while some skirting is better than nothing, I want something more substantial.

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The Coop is Done, it Just Needs a Home

I got the second coat of paint on the trim.

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I am happy with the way it came out.  This cements my desire to repaint the barn blue and keep the white trim.  I think I am going to put the coop between the sheep pen and our house for now and see how that goes.  I can always move it if necessary.

I wanted to show a little more about the coop.  The man who build it has thought about most everything.  He wired in an outlet so that you can run an extension cord to the coop, but then have two outlets to plug in a light bulb or a water heater.

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As you can see from a previous picture the nest boxes are accessible from the outside, which is nice.  He had put one roosting bar in the coop.  I added a second one.

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He also made it so that you can open and close the coop door from the outside which is convenient.  It’s hard to tell from the pictures but he left some of the chicken wire overlap on the bottom of the coop to create a skirt around the coop.  There is probably about 6″ of skirting to help deter predators from digging under the coop.  I ordered some hardware cloth with smaller holes and will overlap it more to create an even larger skirting.

The kids, especially our second son, have been wanting to pull some carrots.  I knew they weren’t going to be very big, but frankly I was surprised that they even survived the transplanting.  This is what they got.

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Before bedtime while I was working on figuring out how I was going to get the coop off the trailer so I can use it for some other chores I have, the clouds looked pretty cool, so I took a picture.

 

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More Paint and Suggestions Needed

While the baby was sleeping I was able to get the second coat of blue paint on the coop. I don’t think pictures are necessary because it really doesn’t look any different.

In the evening I was able to get one coat of white paint on the trim. By the time I finished I needed to get inside and help with bedtime and it was getting dark so I didn’t get any pictures. I hope that by daylight it looks ok.

Here is where I need suggestions. I am trying to figure out where to put the coop. My initial thought was to put it in the middle of the sheep pasture hoping that the presence of the sheep would discourage any would be chicken killers. But I want the kids to be able to collect eggs and be around the chickens and they aren’t allowed in the pen unless I am there to hold George. So here are the next two thoughts that I have. I could put the coop near the fence close to one of the gates possibly even allowing access to the nest boxes from outside the pen. This would make it possible to sneak in with the chickens before George noticed them. Or I could leave the coop outside the pen altogether. Am I missing another option? Open to all suggestions.

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I was thinking near the water bucket if I were to put the coop in the pen, thoughts?

I have been gradually trying to cut the grass down in between the trees in our rows. I hadn’t had time to do it early in the year so I had just been cutting down rows. It looks a lot nicer to have it cut, but it takes more time as I need to use the walk behind mower instead of the tractor.

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Trees with grass cut between them near the driveway

 

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Trees without grass cut between them, not as nice(although it leaves flowers for the bees)

 

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