Scoop on Coops part I

Last summer, after reading numerous articles and books on the subject of chicken raising, we got a phone call that would push us into hobby farming sooner than expected. A nearby neighbor called asking if we would be interested in taking their 6 chickens (all just over a year old) along with their coop. It seemed to be the perfect match: this family was moving and we were ready for hens! Our youngest son, Seth, happened to be visiting the weekend we were gathering up ‘the girls’ and he proved to be a huge help.

Gathering hens!

Gathering hens!

Dog crates came in handy

Dog crates came in handy

This coop had been designed and built by the owner.
Ready to move the coop

Ready to move the coop

It has three nesting boxes with a hinged lid allowing you to lift and peek to see if any eggs are ready to take to the fridge. Just below the nesting boxes is a door that allows you to reach in and hang water and food. It has a nice protective roof that keeps a roosting rod and the nesting boxes shaded and dry. (and) It has a run area that allows the chickens to get out of the coop to spend time in the sunshine.
Seth helping secure the coop on the trailer

Seth helping secure the coop on the trailer

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Once the coop was settled Shadow checks out the new additions

Once the coop was settled Shadow checks out the new additions

This coop was designed so that wheels could be placed on each side and the frame be lifted in order to move it around a yard or field. Unfortunately, weathering had warped spots of the coop and such movement proved to be near impossible. That didn’t stop the Mr. from rethinking the problem and coming up with a solution! Two months, two jack-lifts and two new tires later Juaquin had fixed the coop so we can relocate it easily.
We are grateful for this gift coop and chickens! It continues to serve the girls well.
What about the added Christmas chicks I mentioned last month or three more hens that we adopted in November? We have since created our own coop for our feathery additions! Stay tuned…

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