The Chicken Chronicles - Chapter One

Can you believe that this is a future cozy coop for a flock of chickens? We have great plans for it. When we proudly show friends this old corn crib and tell them our coop plans they kindly tell us “Maybe you should just tear it down and start over!” We admit that our old corn crib has no floor, a big hole in the roof, no walls to speak of, and seems to lean to the west. On the other hand, the foundation is still standing strong and we have a wonderful collection of recycled building materials ready to turn into our new coop.

So far we have lots of old barn siding and flooring, windows picked up from tree lawns on garbage pick-up day (the advantage of having a pick-up truck!), gutters and down spouts from my Mom’s house when she had hers replaced, tin roofing from friends, and insulation from other friends. We even have recycled window and door hardware. We had chickens years ago and, thankfully, we still have all the equipment we will need to feed and water our flock. The old layer boxes will have to be rebuilt to fit their new home but will work well. We even have a stack of straw bales for bedding. Our “still need to buy” list includes nails, some 2×4’s, hardware cloth to cover the windows (raccoon protection!), supports for the steps, strong fencing and posts, and I am certain, a few unknowns.

We are planning a two room coop with a fenced yard that can easily closed off into two separate yards. By separating the yard and coop into two we have the option of rotating the yards or using one room and yard for laying hens and one room and yard for meat chickens or maybe one for older hens and one for a broody hen and her chicks. The yard is shaded by mature pines so our hens will have shade on hot days and protection from winter winds.

This is going to be a “learn-as-you-go project. We will fashion our coop from (mostly) what we have on hand. Follow along and see our coop become a reality. Look for “The Chicken Chronicles – Chapter Two – The Chicks Are Here!!” next Saturday.

Hey from the farm,

Fran The Country Cousin

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3 comments to The Chicken Chronicles – Chapter One

  • Debbie Venus-Fenrich

    Hi Fran! So good to meet you today and THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful machine and milling my organic flour! Can’t wait till we chat again.

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