Sunnybrook Farm shows daily activities of living in rural Virginia.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
After doing the morning chores I spotted the old lawn trailer that our renter left when he moved out. I suddenly realized that it was the start of a new chicken coop for the young birds which will free up the one they are in now for the hen should she hatch the eggs. So I started work.
I decided to use the walls that I got from the museum on the trip to Richmond. The hardest part of the whole project was to remove these neat old civil war photos from the wood walls as they were on with strips of some kind of adhesive. Each one was about 54 inches long so large enough for a coop.
Finally the second one was off and I didn't damage them too badly.
So here it is with a piece of scrap roofing that I found covering up the front. The idea is to make it strong enough to keep most predators out, I won't call it bear proof though.
It is large enough for birds that can go outside and come in to roost.
I left the rear open but covered with chicken wire and installed a door that slides up to open. The steps also help balance the trailer as it is tail heavy and wants to tip back. The steps are hinged and will swing up when moving it.
View with door in up position.
I finished up in time to start afternoon chores.
One of the supervisors was waiting in the bird bath for birds and keeping an eye on my progress.
Some of the dandelions are starting to go to seed already.
Kind of hard to see but the tomato plants are growing.
The chicks are getting larger and feathers are coming out all over. Some have been using the roost ladder to climb around on.