First Full Day In The Coop, They Left A Present

Well, after some work last night I got all the chickens into the coop.  The only two that didn’t go willingly were Poppy and Seed.  They were content to sleep up in the rafters of the coop run.  I had to pluck them off and put them through the pop door.  Seed flailed a little, I didn’t get good hand placements around the wings.  Poppy was not pleased at first.  She pecked my gloved hand a few times.  Not hard however.  Though once I had her, she didn’t put up any further fight.  Well I get home tonight and Lauren informs me we need to go to the coop.  They were all in the coop, perched up on the same perch warm and snug.  I look into a nesting box and we have our first egg! So exciting.  Here is a shot of the egg!

Our first egg!

Luigi carefully inspects the egg for us.

 

Come back again soon to get more updates!

-Chicken Wrangler Danny

We have chickens!!!!

Well I purchased some fine looking girls from a nice man for an awesome price.  They are all under a year old.  We are now the proud parents of 2 Barred Rocks named Salt and Pepper.  2 Golden Comets named Ginger and Snap.  As well as 2 Black Australorps named Poppy and Seed.  Poppy and Seed found a way to the roof rafters of the run.  Not sure if they plan to go into the coop at night.  Will have to figure that out.  I witnessed all of the others at least go into the coop.  Hopefully we can get them all in there tonight so we can close it up.  Here are some pics.  There will be more later.

Here are the girls hiding from us under the coop. They like it under there. They are digging holes.

Here is two of the girls in the run. The picture was taken from inside the coop.

Here is Salt. She is the first to use the perches in the coop.

Here is Pepper thinking about leaving the coop.

And this is Poppy and Seed. Roosting on the rafters in the run. Bad chickens. They are gonna be the flock's trouble makers. I already saw the other girls wondering how to get up there.

Well there are the girls.  Thanks to all that helped make this addition to Operation Mini-Farm Happen.  I will post later after we get some better pictures.

-Daniel

Got the coop, where are the Chickens?

Well, last night I finished the coop.  On Saturday Lauren and I had Aaron, Rebecca, Graham, and Savanna come over to lend a hand with the roof.  We paid them with an awesome breakfast.  They were a huge help.  Without them the coop would still not be ready.  I learned that roofing without wearing gloves is probably a bad idea.  I had taken them off because I was struggling to hold a nail and hammer wearing the gloves.  The result it lots of tiny cut on my hands that I can’t even see.  Those shingles slice you up.  Also I hit my finger once really good.  That was fun.  But all that work was worth it.  We have a finished piece of awesome! Here a pics of the finished coop.

Here is a shot of Daisy in the coop run. She is not sure about this whole being a chicken thing.

Here is a shot of the coop door all painted and hardwared up!

Here is the coop run. Ladder leading to the pop door and there feeder and watering bucket.

This is inside the coop. the white boxes will be there nesting boxes, the board above them is the poop board, and the poles above that are the roosts for them to perch on. Just have to add the shavings.

Here is the finished roof!

Well that is all until we get the chickens (hopefully this week!!!).  Again thank you to all my friends who have helped during this project!  Can’t say thank you enough!

-Daniel

Nearly Chicken Ready

Well after months of on and off work, the time is nearly here for chickens.  Things I have left to do are: attach roost, install poop board under roost (you saw that right, poop board, for them to poop on), hang our feeder and water canister.  That is all before chickens arrive.  The roof still needs shingled, but that can be done after we get chickens.  Although Lauren and I will be trying to work on that Friday evening Saturday morning, then getting the chickens Saturday!!!  Now here are some pictures for you to be envious of, enjoy.

Here is the coop after I painted, framed some walls, and added hardware cloth.

This is the entrance to the coop's run for the chickens to play in. The door was recycled from an old closet door I found in the garage. It was crooked, so I had to do some interesting frame work.

Here you can see the wall containg the windows is up!

This is the door to the coop. The whole wall hinges for easy acess!

And here is the door slightly ajar.

Painted!

This is the coop all painted! The theme for the colors is an egg. Yolk for the walls, everything else white! Lauren's idea.

And now for something to make you say awwwww... Daisy and Bea at the Dog Paddle. Don't worry Daisy isn't sad, just exhusted.

Well other than what I have shown you, I have installed a rope and pulley for the pop door.  That way we can open it and let the chickens out from outside their coop.  Also inside there is linoleum flooring installed for easier cleanup.  We hope to have chickens in there before next week is done!  Visit again soon.

-Coop-Master Daniel