It’s been a while since I’ve shared how our girls were doing. We’ve been on quite the adventure together really. Buying Gertrude, Poppy and Maude as three day old chicks was the beginning of our journey to slower living.
When we moved, we did question whether we’d have the room for them, we wondered about building a new coop, and about if we had the time.
Boy, am I glad we kept them, because the ‘simple’ life has become my passion now, more than ever.
We initially left them as free range girls. They loved it, never venturing too far down our 50m long driveway, and always coming back to roost as night. But as our deck grew, they started pooing all over it, and letting themselves into our kitchen (more than once I came from the back of the house into the living area to find the chooks had wondered in).
Once the house was liveable and we’d taken a breath, it was time to crack on with the coop. I’d had plenty of experience building frames, following plans and understanding how timber needs to go together to be its strongest, so we were able to whip up a frame pretty quickly based on some plans we’d found online.
Access is down the side of our house and on top of the retained dirt, so we needed steps to climb up the retaining wall. We’ve also introduced three new chickens, and although we can’t tell them apart just yet, we’ve named then Florence (Flo), Dorothy (Dot) and Penelope (Penny). As you can see, they still very divided, but we haven’t had too much fighting, just a lot of noise.
The coop turned out rather nicely, if I do say so myself. There’s 3 nesting boxes inside the little side door and a roost inside. They’re yet to take to it for sleeping but they have started laying in there. Any tips for getting them to nest where we want them too? Or do we just leave them?
The next step is to build a firmer pen, with a gate that can hold itself shut, and has a decent latch on it.