8/27/2012

All Cooped Up

 
 
When we first decided to get chickens Scotty built this handy dandy chicken tractor. It could be moved around the yard so they would always have fresh grass. It had a door on the little coop to collect the eggs. It was perfect for our first little flock of 4.
 

But we raised our next flock by hand from 2 days old and we fell in love.... this spring, we got even more peeps. Soon our flock had outgrown their little home.

some of our "big girls"



banty rooster, Scrappy & hens, Lucy and Strawberry Love (guess which one was named by a 4 yr. old girl)



Colonel Sanders & Sassy

Scotty decided to fence in a big section of yard for them and then got to work on a proper coop.
 
 
 
 
He worked most everyday until dark, all summer, after getting home from a long day at work. He even painstakingly custom cut scalloped trim for the roof and windows just for me.
 
It's getting there!

The final step was installing the automatic door.

 


A job well done!



 
We all love the new coop- especially it's occupants! Now they have plenty of room to roost and lay their eggs and safety from hungry predators at night. Scotty built it on huge casters in case we ever need to move it. It's cute. It's colorful. It puts the fun in functional. It might be the best chicken coop in the whole wide world.

We think so, anyway.
 

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