Update on the Ladies

I’m sure some of you { coop poop ; ) …} have been wondering how my lovely ladies, the chickens, are doing. I’m pleased to announce that the walls to their coop are up and that other improvements have also been made.

My husband put a door (yes, an actual door) on the chicken enclosure. I cozier up their laying space. I love the idea of tilting a big wicker basket on its side and filling the inside with straw. We don’t have an extra wicker basket big enough, so I put this little one up as a kind of wall, with straw and the cardboard heart picture up in front of it as protection from the cold and rain before the walls went up.

The plastic ‘walls’ are not beautiful, and I truly hope that wooden walls will follow. But these plastic walls perform the main function of keeping the ladies warm and dry, especially at night. They need their rest just like everybody else.

Also, since they moved here to the new house / yard, I have been cleaning out the coop and refreshing their straw every two weeks. I pull it out of their coop and spread it onto the ground in their enclosure. This keeps the ground from getting muddy, as well as giving them some newness to scratch around in. Then I put new fluffy dry hay in their coop. They love to scratch through this too and make new little nests in it.

You can see my husband’s inventiveness in using a short rake for their perch. I told him to use something round like a tool handle, and he just went ahead and used the whole tool. He threaded the tines through the chicken wire.

The ladies have a big egg print prayer flag as motivation. And for beauty. Everyone needs beauty in their life.

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About Erin O'Neill

Hi, my name is Erin O'Neill. I am a part time urban homesteader and a full time homemaker and new mom. I enjoy canning my own food, crafting, raising chickens and working my bit of land. This blog is for anyone who wants to hear about the day to day struggles and successes of incorporating the old ways of life back into today's busy world.
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2 Responses to Update on the Ladies

  1. Coop Poop says:

    I think it’s absolutely awesome! Great job and very inventive!!

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