Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Little "Cluckers" Have Moved In, Well, Sorta

The run is 90% done, so we decided to move the chicks into just that part, because they really needed more room to roam. They have long ago outgrown their brooder, and besides that, they were stinking' up the house! Maybe within the next few days they can completely inhabit the entire coop. We celebrated the partial move-in with a big ole pile of mealworms and a slice of watermelon. Ack!

Door for the Run Installed, Demo Included.

It was a "geek out" moment.

Monday, June 29, 2015

First Outing

Here are the "Peckers" enjoying their first outside experience.

Are We There Yet? Almost.

We worked on constructing the run all day yesterday. Wrangling the wire was a total nightmare.  Not only are the edges dangerously sharp, but that shit is completely unwieldy. The next step is to construct a door to the run and little finishing bits on the inside. 
The chicks made their first outdide appearance yesterday. Gracie, being the old geezer dog with dementia, was completely unfazed by Pip standing on her head. She never even flinched. Cha-cha, on the other hand, was another story. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

It's Been A While

Significant progress has been made on the coop. Denny put a super cool flagstone porch in front of the door, and last night he started installing the shingles. It won't be long now!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Guess the Song

Tiiiiiiiin roof, rusted.....

We Have a Lid!

We finally have the roof on! Just in the nick of time, as rain, rain, and more rain is in the forecast. I've been spending some quality chickie time with my little baby hens, this one is my favorite. She has such a silly, curious nature. I hope she gets to a cuddly point. Am I alone in hoping my chickies get cuddly?

Friday, June 12, 2015


I hope the ladies will enjoy their window view-not that the view is very scenic. I'd like to mention that those windows are much easier to use and nicer than our house windows. How'd that happen?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Gettin' There

A peak and a vent. I hope the roof goes on soon, as rain is in the forecast. Sheesh, will it ever quit? 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Walls Up!

Well, the walls are up, and it's sorta square and level. We spent a great deal of time leveling and making things true, so not much progress was made beyond that. We also had to make a run to Menards twice, and then there was a little rain issue that slowed us down. Dennis and I think it looks like a phone booth, or maybe I should paint it Tardis blue? We've spent a lot of time and money for 3 - $10 chickens!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chickie Pictures

These are images of what I hope my chickens will look like when they are full grown. I thought the Welsummer would be more of a golden color, but after looking at her closely, and studying other Welsummer images, I think she will be speckled and dark, more of a pheasant color. That's ok, either way she is a beauty. The Production Red is pretty generic. Of all the pictures I've looked at, they all seem fairly standard - red. The Easter Egger could be the wild card, but I think she will look pretty close to the one pictured below.

Coop Design

I guess I never posted pictures of the coop design. We are basing ours on a smaller version of this coop. Our roof will be tin, and obviously we will use the barn door that Dennis made. We will use shake shingles for the siding and the run will be identical the one pictured. I can hardly wait to get the chicks out of the basement and into their swanky digs. I'm not sure if this is a coop or a spa, but either way they will be pampered!