Just being around free range chickens helps you to understand their whimsical nature and strong personalities. If you still doubt me check out this great documentary The Natural History of the Chicken. (If you have netflix you can stream it)
We are getting 4 pullets (laying hens about 5 months old, just beginning to lay eggs) from Split Rail Farms in Penngrove, one Buff Orphington, one Austrolorp, one Americauna and one Sussex. I pick them up the first week in February - a birthday present for Imogen.
Gage and I have been building our chicken coop. I found a great coop plan at www.mypetchicken.com using pallet wood. The plan cost $15 and was definitely worth it. For those novice builders it is a great reference, although I altered the plans slightly.
We started with the base:
And built this into the main structure:
Added the roofing material
Almost done! The nesting box has been built - I will add that on when the main structure is done. Last we will paint it, purple is the planned color. I will add a picture of the finished product when it is done, along with pictures of the girls! :) So excited.
Last here is our run for the girls, where they will spend their days when we don't have them out in the yard with us. Lots of slugs, snails and other insects have made this space their home until now! The chickens will eat them up. I will update you on the chickens and their names when we get them. Again, I am so excited.