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Spruce the Coop…I won something!

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I was reading The Chicken Chick blog the other day. I try to stop by Kathy’s site frequently to stay up to date and motivated about being a chickenier  (I don’t think that is a word but I like it)  She has one of the most extensive networks and seems to be ahead of the curve on the life of the chicken and love her stuff.
Well I was reading this particular blog about putting herbs in the coop and nesting boxes and the great benefits that it has for the chickens and pest control. She has developed Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion™.   It has the following items Bay leaves, Calendula petals, Catnip, Chamomile (Egyptian), Cinnamon chips, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Orange peel granules, Oregano, Peppermint, Rose petals, Spearmint, Tansy, and Wormwood.  Please check out her site to see more…it all really cool.

Well I have always appreciated what she writes and how she is such a resource to this particular community so I left a note on her blog (which is nice to do on people’s blogs every once in awhile. Hint. Hint) Here is what I said,

Thanks for all you share into the chicken community. Hoping to get my second coop up after the snow melts!
A few days later I got a twitter and email message saying I won a sachet of the fusion! I didn’t even know I was entering a contest when I left the note.  Well I won anyway and she sent me a really nice gift. I am really excited to get the coop up now and see how the ladies like the mix. That is if I don’t brew it over hot water and make a nice tea with it. It smells amazing!
Thanks Kathy.

Digging lumber up from the snow

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Got to my friend’s house to pick up some of his lumber he had in stock for my chicken coop. He picks up sales all the time and had some extra 2×4, 4×4, and siding for me. I figured out I will need to give him a dozen eggs every week for 10 years to repay him!

We designed it on his computer then went out to his shed and this is what we came up with. We needed to load it on the tractor from D & G Equipment (another friend of ours) to get it through the snow to the other side of his shop. With the side door slid open we pulled in the 2×4 and got them cut to specs. I then labeled each piece to make construction much easier…once the snow stops coming down.

I brought the lumber home in my urban truck, otherwise known as a mini van with the seats removed!

 

 

Chickens are out

When we got home from Wisconsin we started to let our chickens out into the run for the day. We are growing a four of them for a friend so the hen-house is a bit small for them now that they are bigger. They have been loving it outside.  Eating food out of our hand is still a favorite past time.   

cool things about chickens is that they go to sleep at night without you telling them.  The fist night they were in the run they started to next down on the ground so I got in the pen and helped them to go up the run. The second night the white Amerucana tried to round them up the steps and one didn’t want to go. I help her up via the outside door. This was a mistake, because the next night she was clueless of what to do.  So I got inside the cage and put her in the right door.  

Now like clockwork I go outside at 9pm and they are already inside the house waiting for my to close the door to the run. One night I was out late and wondering if they would stay in the house with the door open or not. I got home at 10 and they were asleep.  Good chicks!  

  

This whiter one is ring leader

 

Coop It Up

I don’t have permission yet to have chicken with my local homeowners association, but I am a man of faith. So I am completing the coop project.  Once our endless rain lets up and the wood dries I need to stain it. I also need to attach the metal roof. Check out the photos and let me know what you think.  I plan on getting my new baby chickens on Wednesday. 

egg and main door open

Run door open

this is the hatch door open so the girls can get out and about in the yard

yard door closed

double perch

nesting box with back door open

Coop it good

Well I had lots of naysayers, but I am making a chicken coop.  Returning to my roots from when I lived in the Promise Land and had acreage to burn. (I actually did burn a bit of it).  I have been looking at chicken coop plans for several months and given my space and architectural desires I ended up with the raised coop with the run underneath. It is a 4×4 hen-house with a 4×10 run below. I have two egg boxes with a door on the wall to open and retrieve the eggs. There is also a bigger door for me to look in and clean out the mess.  Had to make a few mods from my original plan but I am really satisfied with it thus far.  I got all the roof beams in but need to get the metal roofing and also attach all the chicken wire around the open spots.  A little paint and we will be ready for chickens by the first part of June.
Check out the progress thus far.

Start of the framing

Start of the egg box

moved outside before it got too heavy

dad came with his power tools. placing in egg box

walls up..egg box and perch set..doors cut and hinged

had to make a few modifications from the plans to get this door and ramp to work

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