While technically, our coop is big enough for 4 chickens, our 3 love to run around our yard.
The chicky-doodles are not laying yet, but we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy eggs from our friends and family and know how much better they taste. I’m not the only one:
It’s a huge difference. In color and in taste,” says chef Paul Keevil of Millie’s Diner in Richmond. “When you cook them, they glow. They’re just iridescent in the pan. Each one is different because every chicken has eaten different things. And the taste is just night and day.
So I’m hesitant to keep the girls cooped up. (Yes, pun intended).
BUT…Jim was cleaning the yard with the dog’s pooper-scooper because we’ve had too many “Ewww, I just stepped in…” lately. Let’s see what he builds next weekend.
Until then we’ll step carefully.
My neighbor loves seeing the nightlight from her kitchen window. It is pretty charming.
We have the light on to keep them warm, since they are only about 7 weeks old and it’s been in the low 40s at night.
In a fit of Sun-Induced-Euphoria and Fleeting-Warmth– a powerful combination during a Minnesota Spring, I herded the chickens back outside. Chicken Farmer #3 thought it was a great day to paint. I agreed. As the chickens wandered around the garden searching for bugs, we primed the roofs and sides.
All was well until Chicken Farmer #3 needed help in the bathroom. Fearing an encounter with a hawk, I ushered the girls back into their coop and went inside. Little did I know the primer was dripping through the roof boards onto the chickens and into their water. Everyone needed a bath.
The chickens were good sports during their sponge baths. I’m hoping the paint I couldn’t wash off will wear off soon…
Château Poulet, a set on Flickr.
Our coop design came from http://www.greenroofchickencoop.com/. It’s not the easiest to build, but it has a roof top herb garden! My husband started it in early April by downloading the design and printing all 123 pages. At around $35 this is a great deal. The plans are detailed down to the shopping and cutting lists. The photos on-line are gorgeous.
As of late May, the coop is mostly done. My husband and acting carpenter is awesome, but with 3 kids, snow (yes in MAY), rain, sports schedules, 2 jobs, and school events, no one has much free time. Our coop is tan with red trim to match the house. In the photo to the right, you can see a lot of white where we’ve primed, but haven’t finished painting yet. The roof-top herb garden needs sides and its liner. I’ve got flats of herbs from the Friends School Plant Sale waiting to be planted, but even if the coop were finished, it’s only 55 degrees outside…