our poultry palace (part V)

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Ta da!  Drum roll, please……  Introducing our Poultry Palace! (Although it’s more like a luxe Chic(k) Condo I suppose.)

Although our new poultry palace is a far cry from our original idea, we (and our five ladies,, um, make that four….”Mrs. Wiggins” crowed this morning!) are quite pleased with the results.  The coop scale, design, and color selection fits our {sub}urban homestead nicely.  We are also thrilled that we refurbished our rabbit hutches to save money and resources in order to make the coop and run both economical and eco-friendly.  And, instead of placing the coop and run next to the house, they’re in a far corner of the lot that was previously “dead” space in the backyard.  So, not only did we make that area useful but another bonus is that we can see the coop and run clearly from the kitchen windows.  As all backyard chicken owners can testify, its free entertainment to watch our flock throughout the day!

To secure the chicken run, we fenced most of the area with 6 foot high no-climb horse fencing and supported that fencing with T-posts.  The existing wooden privacy fencing was improved with old boards from the other fence we recently replaced.  We used them to fill in existing gaps that will hopefully deter unwanted visitors and keep our feathered friends safely inside their domain.  We also purchased fifty feet of poultry netting that we were going to suspend from the tree in the chicken run.  However, upon further contemplation we’ve decided to hold off on that idea.  The tree provides a lot of protection for the chickens and the chicken run isn’t that easy for a predatory bird to enter.  He or she would have to be quite determined to enter the run and then fly off with one of our girls!  To prevent the ladies from testing their own wings, therefore, we just clipped their wings.  (If you want to know how to clip wings, check out the plethora of You-Tube videos on the topic!  It really does take two adults, though.)

Introducing the chicks’ new digs was a thrilling event for the girls and for our entire family.  It was fun to see them explore their enlarged surroundings.  Our cats, who were kittens when we had our flock in Montana, were equally intrigued and watched the micro flock with great interest.  One of them, Flake, faithfully supervises the morning feedings and likes to hang out in the run on occasion!

 

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The Sprouts made some last minute preparations in the chicken yard before the big transfer.
The Sprouts made some last minute preparations in the chicken yard before the big transfer.

 

We used our ever so handy small dog cage (we have never had a dog!) to transfer our micro flock from their temporary quarters to their new digs.
We used our ever so handy small dog cage (we have never had a dog!) to transfer our micro flock from their temporary quarters to their new digs.

 

Ready and waiting.
Ready and waiting.

 

We transferred the chickens in the early evening, so they went directly into the coop and were locked up for the night while they adjusted to the sounds and smells of the new surroundings.
We transferred the chickens in the early evening, so they went directly into the coop and were locked up for the night while they adjusted to the sounds and smells of the new surroundings.

 

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"Cheep entertainment" at its finest.
“Cheep entertainment” at its finest.

 

Onlookers observed from a safe distance.
Onlookers observed from a safe distance.
The next morning, everyone was eager to see how our favorite feathered friends would react to the great outdoors.....
The next morning, everyone was eager to see how our favorite feathered friends would react to the great outdoors…..

 

The feeder hangs permanently from the tree while the waterer is moved to the cop at night.
The feeder hangs permanently from the tree while the waterer is moved to the coop at night.

 

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The ducks, who imprinted with the chickens, wre very happy to see that their friends were finally living near their pond.  On the first morning, we didn't let the chickens out until around 8:00.  The ducks had treked up to the old dog pen where they'd been living and were sooo distressed that the girls were gone.  I'd never heard them honk so loudly!
The ducks, who imprinted with the chickens, were very happy to see that their friends were finally living near their pond. On the first morning, we didn’t let the chickens out until around 8:00. Earlier that morning, the ducks had trekked up to the old dog pen where they’d been living and were sooo distressed that the girls were “gone”. I’d never heard them honk so loudly!  Needless to say, they were all a twitter when reunited.

 

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It has taken a few weeks for the ladies to figure out how to gracefully climb the laddrs and interior ramps, but I think they've got the hang of it now!
It has taken a few weeks for the ladies to figure out how to gracefully climb the ladders and interior ramps, but I think they’ve got the hang of it now!

 

Sadly, we have confirmed that Mrs. Wiggins is really a Mr. Wiggins.  Anyone want a roo?  City ordinances say he has to go......
Sadly, we have confirmed that Mrs. Wiggins is really a Mr. Wiggins. Anyone want a roo? City ordinances say he has to go……

 

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Now we are just waiting for August and September.  The ladies should begin to lay eggs then!
Now we are just waiting for August and September. The ladies should begin to lay eggs then!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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