NB Apologies to those who received semi-written version of this post earlier – the usually highly prized WordPress app on my phone makes it all too easy to publish by accidentally pressing an icon once! James is making great progress on the nursery, which is almost ready for painting (it’s our spare room, which was without a ceiling or plaster on the walls just a couple of weeks ago), but has also found time to do some chicken-shaped DIY. We began the Henmobile (pictured above) in earnest around Christmas time before rejigging our priorities and deciding that a room for our impending human arrival was more important than an upgrade in accommodation for our poultry. However, we’re keen to house our chickens in the free-wheeling coop so they’re not on the bare earth at the end of the garden, but instead living it up and free-ranging in a different part of the garden whenever we feel like wheeling their shepherd’s-hut-inspired hideaway around. James has incorporated some rather groovy ideas we’ve picked up over years spent examining coop designs in books and on other enthusiast’s smallholdings at every opportunity. The perches, for example, are suspended on chains.
This not only means that there are no red-mite-attracting wooden supports from the floor or attached to the sides, but you can also lift them up enabling the easy cleaning of droppings on the bottom of the coop. Nice. There’s the nesting box to install yet and we need to make a lean-to that can be attached to the side of the house so the flock have a place to shelter and we can keep their food dry but, due to all our home improvement energies being required for the nursery, the flock may not complete on their new dwelling till some time in the summer. Worth the wait, though, I reckon. Anyone have any tips for nifty nesting boxes in the meantime? Happy henkeeping all.