Yesterday the first chicken hatched (we think so anyway). Today I saw four chirping away beside Henrietta the proud hen.
Later I made this picture of one of the little fluff-balls.
This was a really nice birthday present to Susanna!
We have been dreaming about having chicken for eggs as long as we have lived here. We thought we would build a chicken coop for a while now too. As I have been on paternity-leave it was always the plan to build it during this time. We didn’t start yet though.
Now I have kind of started though. The planning started some time during the autumn. I like making models so I made one in SketchUp. It’s probably not final. I think I might widen the door a little; just 50 cm wide might be a bit narrow.
Here are two pictures of the coop.
First from the outside; I’m having it raised so that the chickens have a place in the dry when being outside.
Here a cross section; the inside is not entirely ready in the model, there is no feeding tray and water-place yet.
The first real work has started too. Because there was some old garden-waste pile there I have started to flatten the ground. I don’t know how many wheelbarrows of soil I have moved.
I’m almost done with this first part. Here the chicken coop will be placed in line with the wood-shed and all other buildings on our plot. We will fence in an area around it so that the chicken can stay outside in safety form other animals.
I’ll try to update the progress on a regular basis, but who knows how fast things will go, I just hope I’ll be done before I start to work again, I have kids to take care of too (and they want to help).