Would you like a tour of the coop? (Note, a couple of times the wind is loud in the first video, but it gets better!)
Yesterday was the BIG DAY! Chicken Moving Day! Yay! We had wanted to get them out into the coop a couple of weeks ago, but with the crazy weather we’ve had (multiple snow days in May), coop building was delayed off and on. Plus, we needed to make sure that the temperatures were not going to be too low for them. While they are “cold hardy” breeds – 4 Australorps (black ones in the video) and 4 Plymouth Barred Rocks (white and black checks) – they were too little to be in the cold right off of the bat.
We did a hard push (sorry and thank you, Mr. Gordon) this past week to get the coop ready. Our day jobs have not stopped during this quarantine – in fact, my work has seen me at my desk for a few 9 and 10 hour days lately – so during the week we could only muster an hour or so in the evenings.
But, the coop is 90% of the way complete and the chickens could be moved in. For safety, we installed hardware cloth around the perimeter (I’ve heard this called the “apron”), chicken wire, and welded wire. The top of the run is also chicken wire and welded wire. We installed hardware cloth under the coop floor, too. We still have to install the rain gutters, some extra hinges and hasps, plus there is some hanging and painting to do. Painting will just have to wait until we know we are going to get a good stretch of dry weather. It’s been so rainy. ARGH.
Mr. Gordon and I are going back and forth about boulders (or pavers) around the perimeter on top of the hardware cloth. (The L-shaped hardware cloth is held down by 100+ garden staples and extends about 21-24 inches out from the fence.) He’s read boulders give predators a place to hide; I’ve read some people use pavers on their hardware cloth. He’s not necessarily for it. I’m still researching. Sometimes it’s challenging to learn what the right thing to do is when it’s your first time around, yes?
Random Coop-Building Photos
We’ve been so busy (chicken coop, jobs, life) and I’ve been taking pictures, but it’s been challenging to unload from the camera (or iPhone) and get them uploaded to the laptop, then to this website. Here are a few snapshots – hopefully in order!
By the way, after the photos below there is a cute short video of the girls coming out of the coop after their first night! Make sure you check it out!
One More Video
One of our Barred Rocks is named Betty (after our good friend Cindy, who has a great Betty Rubble giggle). Betty decided to make a late exit this morning. Shy or fashionably late? 😀
And how is your flock and family?
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