Ever since our arrival to the property we rent, especially when I got my first batch of chicks… I have hated our coop. It was here when we moved in. Shelves along the western facing wall of our garage under a small eve; that’s all we had to work with. I’m grateful there was anything at all and it was a great place to start.
We learned so much. That’s why I’m here to show you the new digs and how I’m spoiling my flock in 2016.
I knew we needed change. None of my 12 hens were laying, for maybe 5 months this lagged on. And that was a serious problem.
Remember when I moved the older half of the hens to the garden?
Moving the hens and changing their environment jump started their laying and it was the best thing I could have done.
Well folks, I am happy to say that all the girls and the Roos are in their new digs!
I was tired of them being drenched by the rain, chilled by the wind, and cooked by the sun, season in and season out, everyday.
The old coop (pictured above) was always soupy, no joke, winter made it into shavings and poop soup. And I am so glad I’m done with that phase of chicken farming. Doing with only what you have, no allowance for change, well peeps, no longer! My birds work hard so our family may eat, they deserve no less than we hard from us in return. This time in the form of a brand new coop and run.
I took the advice of the one and only Jusrin Rhodes of abundantpermaculture.com
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He suggests Premier1 and I jumped at a new challenge. But it’s just the opposite. This fencing is so awesome and easy to use ta boot!
This way the ground will be able to breathe and there will be zero accumulation of water. The flock has so much space to roam, scratch, poop… And that’s ok with me. It’s as if they are free range and not all at once. Plus there’s no poo on the porch so we’re happy homesteaders!
One day in the future when we hopefully move onto our own spread we can mobilize this coop to make it that much easier to rotate our flock, permaculture style baby! For now they will rotate back forth around the coop, being the fixed point, situated roughly in the southern corner of the mobile run.
This will enable them to eat whilst tilling and fertilizing, spreading compost for me, and after I grow a crop they will be moved over it to eat or till it back into the ground. How cool is that?
Even the ducks are stoked, they muddied the water tub to show their approval. And now we’re getting two eggs from this waddling girls, now that I can find the eggs everyday that is.
Peace and Love