I told ya'll 2014 was going to be the year of projects and I am happy to report we are off to a great start! Is this a sign that we might get everything on our list accomplished?
First, we decided over the winter to expand the chicken pen and make it easier to raise chicks. We have a brooder house, but we had no way to allow the little ones outside, protected, until they could join the rest of the flock. Our pen also needed to be bigger. The girls have to spend more time penned up these days. This may or may not have to do with this guy....
Anyway, we decided since the garden was not being used this winter, and is conveniently fenced in, that it would make a good home for the girls while we changed their pen. I say we, but really Hubby did all the work, I just did the supervisin'
I am so happy with the final result. So far it has worked beautifully and I think it will be so much easier to raise chicks this Spring!
Here is the entire pen, on the left the main pen and door, on the right the biddy pen and door.
The girls were actually out in the yard when I took this picture, but they always come to investigate...so they modeled the food/water/outdoor shelter station for me!
This is the brooder house side. At the moment it is totally closed off, but we are putting in a chicken door between the two runs, so after the biddies are integrated in to the flock, they will have the entire run!
Brooder house door and pen.
My favorite part! I have been wanting to spruce up our yard and garden with non-vegetative things. I thought the girls could use a little humor in their lives.
I did paint this myself, but I did not come up with this saying, I saw it on Pinterest!
This chick says..."you better believe the sign lady!"
I am so excited to have the chicken coop completed. Along with building the new space, we also lined the bottom of the pen with crushed granite we had leftover from another project. This is so much easier to clean and the girls feet stay healthier. We also have some suet feeders and ropes for hanging heads of cabbage (chicken tether ball anyone?) to keep the girls occupied when they have to be penned up. I still want to work around the outside, doing some landscaping and making paths, but that will have to come a little later. Oh, and I would show you the inside of the chicken house itself, we did a little rearranging, but the ladies were not prepared for company...so maybe next time!