So winter is coming. Fortunately it’s still a ways off, but when you have projects like chicken coop building to get done before freezing weather it’s good to be thinking ahead. 🙂 And that is exactly what we’ve been up to this week or so.
Stuart tore off the carport that was on our house and now the glorious sunlight spills into the kitchen window for a good portion of the day! LOVE IT!!! I wasn’t really born to live in a cave. 😉 So he had some usable lumber right there from the car port that he decided to repurpose into the chicken coop, or at least the framework of it. I think it’s fantastic when things can be reused!!
Anyway, so the walls are going up and the siding is going on. It’s going to have 3 large windows (also reused) which I hope will help keep egg production UP throughout the winter. If not we’ll look into installing a solar powered light on a timer so they get enough light to help them want to keep laying. I’m thinking that won’t be necessary though because our girls last winter (till they all started getting eaten by dogs and coyotes) kept laying pretty well. We’ll see. The fact that we’ve gone through over 2 dozen eggs in the past two days just to feed us all means that they HAVE to keep laying. 😉 We like eggs!
Anyway, the coop is 10×7 and will have nesting boxes along one side that can be accessed from outside the coop, which will be nice! 🙂 A people door, a chicken door into the run, until Thor can be trusted around the birds. (sigh) and the windows of course!
I’m excited about getting this done! The goats need to reinhabit their space in the barn as their makeshift shelter right now is barely adequate. They’ve been troopers though, and it’s nice when you’re livestock can be flexible with you as you grown your place around them. 🙂 I’m still looking for homes for a few of our goats if you know of someone who just should have a goat, let me know. 🙂