Batman and I went on a lovely city-wide chicken coop tour. Over 35 people had opened up their coops to the public for this special one-day event to encourage folks who are ready to try raising their own small flock of chickens. We got some great ideas and I got a new chickey! Meet Hermione. She is an Orpington. They are said to be one of the gentlest chicken breeds. Hermione is living up to that expectation famously!
She’s very gentle. I was cautious about how well she’d be accepted by the others. It took about 8 hours for the four of them to bond. I guess Hermione’s gentle nature and willingness to fit right into last position in the pecking order made things simple enough.
While the girls have been getting acquainted, Batman has been very busy.
This little chicken home is gonna be cozy. There is a sheet of foamboard between the panels of plywood for each wall to provide winter protection.
Today I stopped by the Habitat For Humanity Re-Store and found a double-paned window for $1.00. I was pretty happy about that little find. Then Batman accidentally bumped it wrong and it broke. Oh well. It was presenting us with some design challenges because it was a tad too big anyway. So, instead I’ve opted for acrylic blocks. Two of the clear wave is what I chose.
The run has been built. The coop is finished but needing to be painted (and I keep putting it off by sitting here). The girls are growing well.
I took the birdies outside a few days ago for some time in the sun.
They took to the outdoors quickly and seemed to not want to go inside when I tried to corral them for the trip back to the brooder.
So that’s how things are in my little ‘wanna be Farm’. I hope to post photos of the finished residence in the next two weeks. Did you know that what we’ve built is actually called a “Chicken Tractor”? The idea is to be able to re-locate it every now and then.
Are you making plans for chickens?
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