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April 26, 2012, 9:31 pm
Filed under: April 2012

The new chicken coop

                                                      April 26, 2012

      Here it is, still on the trailer, but home just the same. The new coop has arrived. It is a beauty. The wooden end will be stained and the roosts need to be built, but other than that, it is move in ready 😮

      The inside is roomy and airy, yet not drafty. The high center roof lets in lots of light through the fiberglass panel walls. The end vents will let the summer heat out. The windows let in light too and have screens in them to allow a nice breeze to pass through.

      The nest boxes have a lid that allows for gathering the eggs without entering the coop. I think the girls will be happy in their new house. The chicken yard will be a three and one half-acre pasture for them to roam.

      It seems a bit extravagant, but this building will hopefully last twenty-five years. The old coop is older than that. It has worked out well, but has come to the end of its life. The new coop matches our buildings and is much handier than the old one.

      I designed this building, but it was built by an Amish friend. He did an awesome job. I am proud of my design and his craftsmanship. The hens will be content, I know. I just feel a little bad about all the poop about to litter the floor.

      Deep bedding will be provided for the chickens. That litter will make a great addition to my compost just as it does now. I guess the hens pay dividends in two ways… manure and eggs. Thankfully it’s hard to mix those two up!

 


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