After a whole lotta work we finally got the chicken house and coop finished just in time for our new arrivals, ok I was still finishing the skirt and fixings as it went dark the night before, and we only got it in place and set up by lantern-light, but it was done.
The finished hen house:
No roosting perch installed at this point (it took us ages to find a pole the right length) but it doesn’t matter as the girls won’t be strong enough to jump up and down from it yet anyway. You can also see that the front tyres are flat, we haven’t been able to fix the problem (which seems to be valve related rather than a puncture we think) but we have just been blowing them up and then bracing the house on bricks in between movings.
This is the finished run before we moved it into place, we’ve since added tarps to help keep out the rain and protect the ladies from the wind but it certainly appears sturdy enough and with all the mesh added it’s flipping heavy !
The entire set-up with the boxes containing chickens inside ready for unloading. We had to treat the house for red mite as the farm the chickens came from had it. We haven’t seen any signs in our ladies, but it pays to be careful with this type of thing. Looks Idyllic in the sunshine doesn’t it?
Well, it’s not so lovely in the pouring rain with the wind howling across the paddock, we’ve moved it twice since the original set-up and the ladies seem to enjoy the chance to munch on grass. It turns into a muddy, poopy mess in the space of about 3weeks and we’re waiting to see how long it takes each patch to recover after we move the run, so far the original patch is just sprouting new grass and the second patch doesn’t seem to be picked quite so clean, hopefully when we get some sun (if we *ever* get any sun) it’ll recover quite quickly.