Weeks Nine and Ten
June 7, 2013
I know I snuck the picture of our chicken coop in last, but it's really starting to come together. Matt put up the walls and roof over the weekend, and with the help of my MIL and FIL, we were able to lift the hen house (formerly the dog house) onto its stand. That thing was heavy!
We still have a lot of work to do before we call this project done. As far as I can tell, we still have to attach the nest boxes, doors, windows, chicken ramp, trim, and then paint the hen house, but the run portion of the coop is fully functional. It's nice because now the chickens have somewhere to go during the day when Matt and I can't be outside with them. They still have to go back into the basement in the evenings until the hen house is finished, but hopefully we'll have it done within the next week or two.
One thing I should mention that really surprised me, and might be helpful to other beginners: our back yard isn't totally fenced in (yet), so the chickens could potentially escape if they really wanted to. This was something that worried me at first. I was convinced they'd try to hop the fence or run away, but they don't tend to move around all that much. Occasionally we have to herd them back toward us if they wander off too far while they forage, but for the most part, they seem content to stick around. They spend half their time preening and sleeping in the shade, anyway.