|The coop is currently in the basement. We have a garage door, so when the time comes|
we can get it outside. The dimensions are roughly 4ftx4ft.
|Yes, a fancy floor! We had these sticky backed tiles from a bathroom floor redo|
about 8 or so years ago. We felt it would make the floor easier to clean and less likely to
rot out on us.
|The door that we'll use for access and cleaning out.|
We have also decided to get some more ladies this spring. We're not sure of what breed or how many, but we would like to have some eggs to sell and off-set the cost of having our own chickens. At one time last year we had 21 chickens! But with some of them being roosters and the death of one of our pullets, we are down to just 11 ladies and our roo, James. Two of our ladies are older and are only laying about every other day, even in the summer. And we have a least one girl that has a fondness for going broody. She's done it twice on us, but blessedly, came out of it rather quickly each time. We just kept taking the eggs out from under her, and after a while she snapped out of it.
Also in chicken news, I have purchased some material to make some chicken saddles. No, we will not be attempting to ride our ladies, chicken saddles are like aprons that they wear on their backs to protect them from overly amorous roosters and the resulting feather loss. Here is a wonderful blog post from Jocelyn over at Chicken Scratch if you would like to learn more about chicken saddles. (By the way, even if you don't give a hoot about chicken saddles, you have GOT to read this post, it is absolutely hilarious! Seriously, it's too funny- as in "Tears running down my face, my sides hurt, my children think I'm a maniac, I think I wet my britches!" funny!) I'm hoping to get these made soon, as nearly half of my girls are starting to show some wear from James' attentions.
And just because I've been yucking it up about the chickens, I feel the need to add a picture of our sweet (and incredibly spoiled, pain in the butt every time you head to the kitchen) kitty cat.