Preparing for Winter Chickens, Part 2

| 9/25/2008 5:49:00 PM

Where are we gonna park this thing?

After we sat in the driveway for about a half an hour, one of us suggested moving the brooder house into the ailing pumpkin patch. The thought was that the chickens would eat the cucumber beetles and squash bugs that are plaguing our pumpkins and gourds. Brilliant!

Secured brooder house

Dad pulled the wagon into the north end of the field and worked on securing the four corners of the chicken house. You see, though it is safely lying upon the reinforced wagon structure, the edges hang completely off. Anyone inside walking too far to the edge would possibly tip the whole thing off the wagon! A temporary solution was to drill four sturdy 2-by-4s at each corner and brace them into the ground. Next Steve found some old lath and a broad plank and created a run for the chickens; sort of a "wheelchair accessible" ramp to the little chicken door. Then the day was over.

Building the roostAbout five days later, Andy's folks came back up to help finalize the chicken house for chickens. Andy took excess straw from the barn and loaded it into the brooder house for bedding. Steve busied himself with building a perch for the hens at night. The design is actually quite clever; it's based off of a design from my grandparents' hen raising days and modified a little by Andy. Basically, it is a rectangular frame about 5 ft wide and 2 ft high that is fastened to the wall with two hinges.

On the front are two legs, also on hinges. When the time comes for cleaning underneath, the entire structure can be raised flush with the ceiling, fastened by an eye hook. The two hinged legs fold flat with the base allowing for easy access. Elly and I visited Steve during his progress and Elly decided to give her grandpa a hand with building.

Razor Family Farms
9/27/2008 10:13:51 AM

WOW! Love the coop! I showed the pictures to my husband, who announced that when we move up north -- that's the kind of coop he wants. What beautiful pictures! Winter chickens sounds like quite a fun post! Blessings! Lacy NEWS@RazorFamilyFarms

Cindy Murphy
9/27/2008 6:57:27 AM

Hi Becky. Your daughter is so cute. Isn't it fun when children want to "help"....although it often leads to more work for those they're helping? Looking forward to reading your next Preparing for Winter Chickens installment.

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