In the past few days, Bob and his son Jake were able to pick up where Andrew left off before leaving for vacation to get the chicken coop almost done, and Emma and I were able to help with the painting. All it lacks right now is a roof. We got some of the chickens and all of the turkeys moved in, and we acquired a rooster. This coop is for our layers, when we have layers. It is big enough for 33 busy little hens to do their thing. We will build a separate coop in the garden area for meat chickens later, when we’ve figured out how to be self sustaining and raise our own chicks. (Which is why I jumped at the chance for a free Sussex rooster!)
For now, we have layers, fryers and turkeys all mixed together in what we hope is a coyote-proof fortress! I didn’t blog about this, so I guess I should explain: We had a coyote attack a few weeks ago and lost all 17 of our layer chickens in one night. This thing is built to be solid and we might even run electric fencing along the bottom too. Stupid coyotes.
No, the coop isn’t done, but the poultry is protected at least, and they have a nicer place to live now than I do! It’s allllll baby steps at Literal Road Farm.
Check out the chicks’ new digs below!