by Joy Currie
|framing in the floor|
I found an ad on Craig’s List and contacted Mandy, a very friendly, fellow chicken enthusiast ,from whom I purchased 9 Silver laced Wyandotte pullets and a rooster. We had to pick them up within a month.
|My husband and brother looking very handy|
Even with all my planning and calculating, despite all my research and reading, my math stinks, and I goofed on the geometry needed to make the walls square. Luckily, my kind and long-suffering brother has quite a bit of building experience. I think he even enjoyed coming to our rescue. What we lacked in book information, my brother filled in with shortcuts and little tricks to make things work out.
|the night the chickens moved in|
Our flock’s new home is extremely secure, since we have many raccoons and skunks around. We used U shaped nails to fasten sturdy wire mesh over the windows and other openings. I don’t trust chicken wire, since a raccoon can chew right through it. We used the heavy wire made for rabbit pens instead. We installed a heavy-duty latch on both the chicken and human doors to keep persistent predators from forcing their way in. While our girls are pretty safe to wander our orchard during the day, the real threats come out at night, hence Coop Fort Knox.