Is it February already? I know I fell in love with Joe (my saw), and then there was Christmas, New Years, my Birthday…and oh my. Yes, it is February. Everything has been going well, except the weather! The weather has been a real downer. You really notice the rain when you are working outside every night without a shop! I have done the best I can, but sadly I have rusted out an entire set of drill bits, wasted a lot of paint, and completely demolished our lawn. Our poor lawn. I hope we can recover it in the Spring before the dry days of summer come. I’m sure the chickens will be happy to help aerate it, and we will just try to cover patches and reseed as we go. We originally made a chicken tractor to keep the chickens in a particular part of the yard so they can do their scratching, bug clean-up and garden maintenance. However, we loved watching the chickens at their antics so much, and they proved to be no nuisance at all, that we changed the purpose of the tractor to be a place that the chickens could NOT access. This is helpful if we have seedlings in the ground, or when we need to reseed a certain area of the lawn that is getting worn away (like in front of the trampoline from the kids!).
Our young chickens arrived for New Years and are happily eating, growing and being chickens out at the Farm. I let them out to free range and flap around every day. They are getting faster and starting to look more like chickens and less like awkward little birds. They are loving their new coops and we are excited to get to test the coops out. I designed these coops myself, from taking a bit of other coop designs I liked, and making something that worked for us. I wanted maximum run space, portable, maximum shelter, easy feeding/watering, easy access for throwing in kitchen scraps and treats, predator proof, and a simple way to clean out the coop. Oh, and let’s not forget about accessing the EGGS! The standard two chicken coop has one nesting box and door, and the deluxe has a nesting box and door on either end. Here is a picture of Coby putting food in one of the feeders. It’s a tube that opens on the outside with screw top, and has a pressure fill system at the bottom.