The chickens are growing just fine. I have moved them into the chicken coop, where they are safe and warm. When hubby built the coop, he done a great job making sure there was no open holes and the inter door was easy to see through but yet sturdy enough to keep critters out. There is plexiglass on the bottom half of the screen door. and wood along the bottom of the nests. In this pic the trap door is open to get to the eggs.
The wire you see on the wall in front of one of the older chick swings down and can be locked in place to keep air flowing but the new chicks in and big critters out. The floor is cleaned and I put down about an inch of wood chips for the baby chicks. It doesn’t cover the floor but will dry up any droppings and not ruin the wood floor. I have used this type of bedding for almost 4 years. Works great, change it out 2 times a year. If you throw mealworms in 2 or 3 times a week they will keep it stirred up and dry. You can see it’s not very thick, but they will bunch it and make a nest. Back to finishing the coop still need to clean the windows………..
here is just some random pics.
(I didn’t know that all my post on this didn’t show up so I posted it again. sorry)
I work full time and I tend to the chickens on my way out. My first thing was I didn’t want to walk into the coop floor and carry it into my car. He first put the coop door on a pulley and the rope comes through the fence and has a hook and ring where I just pull, hook it on the wall and done without walking in the chickens poo, to lower it, just unhook and it drops.
As you can see in the picture above the nesting box is on the same wall, I can gather the eggs, check on broody hens all without going inside. One other thing I like about this, when my grandson came to stay with me for a week he could go get the eggs, and close them up for the night all by his self . He put a lot of thought into it for me.
` I love my coop! I hope you enjoyed it.
As you can tell my coop has a great walk in area, There is a screen door (right now open) that I can keep closed so that the front door can be kept open to let in lots of light and air. The front can hold my cans of grain the nesting boxes I can get into without going into the main coop, I can even raise the coop outside door, so that my shoes and work clothes can stay clean before I go to work, he put it on a pulley .He thought of everything.
I know everyone has their own favorite coop, I just wanted to show you mine.