Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Here Chickie Chickie...

If you're anything like the members of my family, you love chickens.

Yes, I know.

For some people they can be scary little creatures which chase after anything that moves and try to peck it to death.

That's why Hitchcock filmed the movie, 'Birds.'

Thankfully, no one here is terrified  of them. Except for my sister in law's dog, Lulu Belle - a Maltese - who seems to think chickens are giant cannibalistic monsters out to get her.

But that's another story.

A few weeks ago, we decided it was time for our homesteading family to acquire half a dozen of chickens to keep us in eggs. Which, of course, we love to eat and are starting to get ridiculously pricey at the store.

We were trying to work out where we were going to get them, where we were going to keep them, and how to keep them away from Lulu Belle.

The Lulu Belle part was the easiest.

Hubby and I purchased a home for our chickies in kit form from a pet store. It wasn't overly cheap, but for our purposes it was great.

We wanted to make sure it was large enough for around six chickens. I've seen people, especially in suburbia, who crowd them into a small space without ever letting them out to scratch around.

To our way of thinking that's just plain cruel, keeping them cooped up in a tiny cage is what battery farms are all about.

Our chickies will get a very large area to scratch around in. No battery hens on our property!

My darling men put it together over the course of a couple of days.

My darling husband with the coop half erected. The roof was the hardest part as we had to lift it up and hold it while it was screwed in place.

The walls are up, the roof is on. Now it's time to make sure the chickies have a ladder to climb up to the roosts so they're safe and sound.


As you can see, my son is incredibly proud of himself. He's getting so tall he's almost the same height as the coop.

The finished product. A large, safe house just waiting for its new occupants.

I'm sure they're going to love living here.



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