Monday, July 26, 2010

New Coop

Well, Zoomer finally got the new coop done last weekend and we put the chickens in.  They had to stay in it for a week so they would think of it as home and go back to it at night.  WE spent under $200 to build a 4 foot by 12 foot coop.  NO plans, Zoomer planned it in his head and built it.  We got scrap plywood from someone on Freecycle.  The landlords gave us two windows.  We already had four oak posts that we used for the corners.  The only things we bought were some lumber for the frame, Roofing material, hardware cloth, chicken wire, nails and screws.  It isn't the best looking coop.  I have to caulk in between the boards before winter and we still need to install the nesting boxes.  I am going to paint the coop like and old hippie bus with flowers and peace signs and such, and put a sign above the door that says Hippie Chicks.  Here are some picks of the coop and some of the chickens that are now 13 weeks old.
I am having so much fun watching them.  Sweetie Pie still runs up to me and I pick her up.  She climbs up onto my shoulder and talks in my ear.  In two weeks we are going to Indiana Chickenstock, a gathering for Indiana chicken lovers from my Chicken forum I am on.  I will be taking my Wyandotte cockerel to find a home for him.  I will also be purchasing 3 white Silkie bantam chicks.  She says they are very tame, love to be held and cuddled.  I am so excited.  I have always wanted Silkies, and I would like to find a couple Frizzles also.

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