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Playing with my camera settings (and an excuse for chicken photos!)

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The photos below give you a good look at their door to outside. This is the indoor run attached to their coop in the garage.  I cut a hole in the garage wall and made a door out of hardware cloth.  It closes with a latch on the right, and the wooden board you see in front of it holds the left side closed at night so no predators can get in.  My Lavender Orpingtons are almost as big as the Easter Eggers now!

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This photo below is of a full-grown Lavender Orpington from the breeder I bought mine from.  That’s a 5-gallon bucket.  They’re going to be huge!

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I’ll try not to turn this into a chicken blog, but I can’t get enough of them 🙂  Back to work packing up eyes to ship today.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

Chicken update – They’re roosting together!

It’s been a total of 3 months since I bought my first 6 chickens.  After some swaps, I now have 4 Easter Eggers (1 rooster, 3 hens) and 3 Lavender Orpington hens.  They’re finally all integrated in the same coop, and I caught them roosting together last night!  Call me crazy but I’m so excited!  Now all I have to do is open their coop and indoor run doors in the morning and close them at night besides going out a couple times a day just to make sure they’re okay and to give them some kitchen scraps.  Here’s how they sleep:

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Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

Chicken update

These are the 7-week-old lavender Orpingtons.  They’re now in the coop with my 4 other chickens.  After a week of being in the coop, I’ll let them out into the run and hopefully they’ll be able to put themselves to bed at night.

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These are my 12-week-old Easter Eggers.  This is the fun part of my morning.  They come running when I have a bowl in my hand.

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My lavender orpingtons are now 4 weeks old and fully feathered, so they’re outta here!  Seriously, their games of keepaway were driving me nuts.  One of them would pick up a weed and run around the cage with it, and the others would screech and give chase.  At least they’re happy chickens.

First day out in the coop.

First day out in the coop.

They’re in a medium-size dog kennel out in the indoor run in my garage.  All sides are covered except the front so the larger Easter Eggers (2 months old) won’t get to them and they can all get used to each other.  Once the little ones are closer in size to the others, I’ll add them to the coop.

This is the setup right now.  The big birds have the coop to themselves, and their sharing the indoor run with the littles.  The big chickens can see the little ones but not get to them.  The littles will be covered at night with polar fleece to keep out the cold drafts.

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So far they’re adjusting really well, eating and running around.  Nobody is huddled up or crying.  So far so good!

My office is so quiet now!  I’m enjoying it, and I should be able to get a lot more work done!

P.S.  I’ve got 3 male Easter Eggers (so sad my rumpless is a male) and 3 male lavender orpingtons.  Thinking I may give away/sell 2 of each so I have a good mix of roos to hens.

The coop is done!

Finished the coop today.  The chickens are happy, running around and checking things out.

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They finally have room for a dirt bath in a cloth garden grow bag.

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This chicken is the first to have a name.  Her name is Choo (like Jimmy Choo) because of her feathery feet.

My Garage Coop

This weekend I’ve been building the new coop for my chickens.  A lot of the wood was salvaged from my basement and garage, a local business that gives away pallet wood.  I bought the pine boards and some of the 1x2s and 2x2s for framing.

The coop is on the back wall of my garage for double security from predators and insulation against the cold.  Here in Maine it can go as low as about -10 F in the winter.  There are 3 nesting boxes with a big area on top for the chickens to sit in the sun.  Attached to that is a perch that runs the whole length of the coop.  The perch is about 6 feet long and has been in the garage since I bought the house 15 years ago – I finally found the perfect project for it!  It’s the perfect width so they can sit on their feet in the winter and keep warm.  (The plywood with spray paint were my son’s practice boards when he was into graffiti art – I don’t think the chickens will mind).

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The coop has a door on the front wall in the left bottom corner that’s about 2 feet tall so I can get in there and clean.  Besides the window to outdoors that lets in some sunshine, there are 2 screened-in windows with perches in front of them so they can get some light that comes in through the garage doors, and so I can see in.  They’re covered with hardware cloth to keep the chickens in and any critters out.  Those windows will be covered in the winter to help the coop retain heat.

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There’s going to be a door on hinges outside the nesting boxes for easy egg collection (tomorrow’s project) and a 4-foot-tall door at the other end for cleaning.  There are 2 windows covered with hardware cloth (wire mesh) so they can see out.  I cut about 2 feet off it and put that piece in front of the big screen window for more perching pleasure.  The final project tomorrow will be putting on the roof with ventilation.

Next weekend I’ll be adding a 6×6′ run area for them in the garage (for rainy, cold, and snowy days) with a little chicken-size doorway to outside and then install 100 feet of fencing outside for them to free range.  It works out perfectly because that will give them a week to get used to their new home so hopefully they’ll figure out how to get back home once they’re let outside.

This is my first construction project, and while it’s anything but perfect, it’s the perfect little coop for my chickens and has all the features I wanted.  I love it.

Chicken tractor

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Today I took an old shelf from my basement, turned it on its side, and stapled 1/2″ chicken wire to 3 sides and the ends to make a chicken tractor.  I’ll be adding a small tarp instead of the drop cloth soon to make a shady spot for them.  Now they can start earning their keep by working that garden soil!