This post has been a looong time coming. I have really let you down, blog readers. I apologize for the lack of posting lately. Every year as the holidays approach I think about all the great holiday-related posts I could write. And every year, I fail. Maybe I should write my holiday-related posts in the summer in preparation, huh? :)
Anyway, hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things soon. In the meantime, here's a post I've owed you for a long time. Trevor started building the coop back in October right after we got our chicks. He spent 3 or 4 weekends working all day on it. I helped with some small parts, but really this was Trevor's project. He designed the coop after spending many hours researching coops on www.backyardchickens.com. He's almost done with it now. There are a few last things to finish that haven't happened because it was rained almost every single weekend since he last worked seriously on it. We plan on painting it and sealing the wood once it dries out completely in the spring. Ideally, that would have been finished BEFORE the rain started, but oh well.
Now for pictures!
|Trevor's work station|
|Rocks that Quentin and I collected in the yard to backfill the trench. These are the make the run more "predator proof" because an animal trying to get in wont be able to dig through the rocks.|
|Trevor demonstrating his jackhammering skills.|
|Framing out the run.|
|Lots of progress done at this point! It's still missing a door for the coop, door for the run, nesting boxes, perching rack, welded wire on top of the run, and probably lots more.|
|See that irrigation tube? We dug it up while digging the trench. Eventually we'd like to add a hose right by the coop to make filling water and cleaning easier. It's not top priority but it's on our list.|
|Trevor adding paneling over the welded wire so that varmints can't rip it off and get in. You can't see it here, but we also ran the welded wire down into the trench before backfilling. This adds to the predator protection.|
|Q decided to "help" Dad with the clamp.|
|Chickens exploring their new home. I think they like it!|
|Nice work, honey!|
|Why hello, ladies. Gosh, they've already grown SO much since this picture was taken. Time for an update to my update. I'll try to get new pictures of the coop and chickens soon.|