Starting at top left: blueberry bushes this fall; chicken coop and rain barrel; summer night dahlia; audrey grace dahlia; red rubber shoes; double peony; radishes; raspberries and blueberries; raspberry tart; vine ripen tomatoes; veggie harvest
Our chicken coop
We finally finished the coop last night. Of course we still have a few finishing touches to add but it’s good enough for now.
The hens are living in their new home and are still a bit scared. This is expected since they came from a farm with farm noises and now live in town with loud town noises. We’re a couple blocks from the train, a hwy, the post office and main street – it can get pretty loud.
Every hour they seem to get a little more comfortable with their new home and venture a little further out. They’re slowly getting used to us and no longer squack and attack us when we enter their coop.
It appears we have a quiet passive hen and a fiesty loud one. It’s great to see their personalities already.
We named the hens Henny Penny and Hazel. Penny is the copper colored hen while Hazel is the brown one. They’re both Silkies and were born about this time last year.
They’re not used to climbing up ramps, having a hen house, or sleeping on roosting poles. So, I need to make a couple modifications to the ramp & hen house to make it a little cozier for laying eggs.
I’m sure we’ll get it right one of these days. Until then, we’ll just take it one day at a time.
We also have two Silkie chicks in the house; we weren’t sure if either of the hens we brought home are the mother and didn’t want them to freeze to death outside. Even though it’s pretty warm during the day it can get pretty cold at night. We also like having them in the house since they’re cute.
I put together this brooding box to make sure they are warm and safe. The wire top is to keep Pepper (cat) away from the chicks, even though he could care less.
I’m sure this isn’t the last time you’ll hear about these guys. I love having pets and I was able to justify (and get approval for) chickens since they also provide eggs. They’re a pet with benefits.
Coop w/out a hen house
We’re getting a little bit closer to being done with the chicken pen/coop. Just in time for our drive over to my mom’s this weekend to pick up three Silky hens.
I still need to install a lock on the door, pick up the their little roosting/nesting house, add the cement block floor and add the roofing.
There are also the finishing touches like making a ramp and getting all the supplies.
It’s all worth the effort since I now LOVE this part of my yard. It went from being the spot I avoided (except to lie in the hammock) to a charming little private spot with chickens. I even managed to keep the poppy alive during construction.
Finishing the chicken coop
I was talking to my mom on the phone the other day about my chicken coop. As I was describing how cute it was, she expressed concern about the door to the coop since they once had a problem with raccoons trying to push through the bottom of one of their doors. It appears those crafty fellows will stop at nothing to get in your coop.
It just happened to be by accident that we were using an old heavy duty interior door as our coop entrance. I’m one of those fortunate people that has an antique dealer living next door – with an endless supply of old doors. I love old doors. So when ever I need one or she happens to be giving them away, I’ll pick one up. I have an old door for my front gate and now my chicken coop.
Anyways. You’ll see by the picture on the left that the door isn’t finished yet. I still need to paint the door white, add the hardware cloth, add handles and locks and mount on the coop. But here’s what we did to transform the door from an interior door to a chicken coop door.
So we have a door to our chicken coop that’s sturdy enough to keep those unwanted critters out, we started with a sturdy solid wood door.
1. If you don't like power tools then enlist the help of someone who does - cigar optional.
2. Cut out the center of the door using a saw, like the one you see below. At first we thought we'd have two open panels but when it looked bad, he cut out the entire center panel.
3. Add additional supports at each corner to ensure the door doesn't sag over time. Then removed all old hardware.