We sectioned off a portion of the coop for their brooder.
Used aspen bedding which is non toxic.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The chicks arrived on June 9th...
The chicks arrive via mail from a local hatchery.
A brooder light. Non medicated chick starter crumble (Manna).
And fresh room temperature water.
Two buff Orpington females, a black Sumatra male, 1 Dominique female, 1 Egyptian Fayoumis female, and a Delaware female.
All made it through shipping just fine!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The chickens will be allowed to free range.
Night lights, partly to deter predators, partly because it looks so darn cute.
These are dark sky lights-to avoid unnecessary light pollution-with LED bulbs that generate almost zero heat and last for many years.
Entrance from the barn interior into the coop.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
More advanced stages in the coop construction.
It's finished dimensions will be 12x12. 8x12 interior 4x12 porch.
With a front porch...just because.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Since moving to my little corner of the countryside I have thought it doesn't make much sense to have a couple of rural acres empty of any sort of animal life. So the obvious choice-being low maintenance and useful-keeping chickens. Backyard chickens have, recently, become trendy and the internet is a vast resource for information on their care.
They are a great source of healthy protein, compost and pest control.
Once the order for our little flock had been placed we began construction on the coop.
It's a lean to style structure with a chicken entrance on the front and a human entrance in the wall of the barn.