Well, the chickens are growing by leaps and bounds! Flo, the barred rock, is 2.5 weeks old, and the 3 golden comets are 1.5 weeks old. Flo is already getting huge! Barred rocks are large hens, weighing 7-8 pounds. Golden comets are only 5-6 pounds, so that probably accounts for the fact that Flo looks three times as large! We will be getting two more golden comet chicks tomorrow, and that will round out the flock to six. Hopefully the new babies will be as easily integrated with the older ones as the last set.
Flo has been trying to fly out of the box that they are currently housed in, so I will be making some changes today before the two new babies arrive. The box is currently in our big dog crate, so I’m going to pull the box out, and put the chicks straight into the crate. The crate is nice because it gives a really easy place to hang the brooding lamp (which keeps them warm). I will be putting up a wall of cardboard around the inside walls of the crate though to keep the mess down, and to prevent them from trying to push through. Also helps keep away drafts and keep it warm, of course.
Work on the coop begins this weekend! We have it all planned out, and the hubby just needs to figure out some more exact measurements so he knows how much wood to buy. It’s going to be about a 4′ x 6′ coop with a 12′ x 6′ attached run. Roof over the entire thing for shade and to keep snow out of the run. The coop is going to be raised up 2 feet off the ground so there will be run space underneath as well. We need to figure out exactly how we are going to protect the bottom from predators. Some variation of hardware cloth, but we haven’t figure out what exactly. I think maybe straight down into a trench to protect from digging predators. We are going to place it here in our cleared garden bed.
I need to make some important design decisions while the hubby works on the construction details…..like what color to paint it! That is going to be my job. You can see all my chicken coop inspiration on Pinterest.
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