The continuing saga of chickens…
We have a barn but it’s not a farm type barn. It’s a very large pole building dedicated to my husband and his love of Jeeps, so we were going to have to get creative when deciding what to do about a coop. The funny thing is the more I don’t want anything to do with these chickens the more I’m doing. Neal, Quinn and I, put our heads together and came up with a solution. We would convert the old playhouse into a coop.
By we I mean, I gave my consent because it had been my playhouse growing up, and they would do the converting. I didn’t see their vision but they went to work and meh, it was ok. A couple of shelves, air holes etc. They were safe and nothing would hurt them.
Next was giving them a pecking area outside. I’m all for free range but I’m also for safety and with all the wildlife (bears, bob cats, coyotes, fox and more) in our area free range isn’t safe. To Neal’s credit he made Quinn do the hard work of digging the fence post holes. At first they put up chicken wire and determined it wouldn’t really keep the chickens safe. We had fencing from when I was a kid. Good chain link fencing. It was repurposed into a stronger fence for Quinn’s babies. The amount of money (every cent Quinn’s) hasn’t been that much because we’ve used what we’ve had on hand. However, when winter comes it’ll be a new challenge.
My little playhouse/coop has a little window and he make the flockers a little ramp to go in and out. They don’t go willingly in the morning; they have to be shoved out the window, but when dusk comes they go up the ramp and back into their coop. When Quinn goes out for the last feeding and watering of the night he closes the window and they’re safe and sound for the night.
On a side note, he wasn’t allowed to have roosters. Out of the his babies he got 2 roosters and they’re learning to crow. They sound like a record skipping but I’m sure they’ll find their voices. We’re probably going to let him keep them but we’ll have to separate them. He also bought an assortment of different colored chicken eggs but the only ones that survived were the red ones.
Coming up next Quinn becomes a chicken daddy again…