We thought six would be a good number, but after much leaping, net-throwing, and other chicken-catching tactics, most of them managed to escape the tall man in the blood-splattered orange fleece (AKA Byron) and we ended up taking home five, plus a bag of feed which offered no protestations to being tossed into our minivan. When we got home, we set them up in the woodshed and sketched out a design for a small, portable coop using our lawn mower trailer as a base and scraps of wood we had on hand (some from a defunct loft bed our friend Jason gave us - thanks, Jason)! We like it when people unload their wood scraps here.
|The "chicken house" will be removable, in case we need to use the trailer. If it proves to be problematic, we'll try to find another used trailer or some sort of bed with wheels.|
|Byron spent most of his weekend on this project!|
|Roof and some sheathing.|
|A peek inside...we found a broken rake and used the handle for the roosts (that's how chickens like to sleep). We're using five-gallon buckets as easily removable nesting boxes.|
|The area with chicken wire will let some light through.|
|The back door, which covers the removable back of the trailer. This will give us access to the nesting boxes and to cleaning out the coop.|
|Another peek inside...Byron put a ramp up to the roosts and one down to the nesting boxes.|
|Byron and Charlie working on the front door.|
|A couple of the chickens exploring their new digs...|
|The upright board to the left is a windbreak, but Byron ended up making a bigger one.|
|They're not the sharpest knives in the drawer, but I think they're getting the idea that this is where they're going to live!|
And when we get our first egg, you'll be the first to know!