New Coop & Run for the City Girl Flock

 

The City Girl Flock is growing so rapidly and won't be done growing for another 4-5 months, which means they are outgrowing their current coop and run.  Overcrowding can lead to pecking and fighting and causes stress which can cause them to stop laying (in our case can delay laying) and makes them susceptiple to illness

 

So, in order to keep our flock happy and healthy, my wonderful husband, is building the City Girl Flock a new bigger coop and run.  HHHMMM, am I spoiled or is the City Girl Flock spoiled?

 

The existing greenhouse will be converted into the new coop where the City Girl Flock will roost, eat and drink.  It already has running water which means no more lugging heavy containers of water to the current coop.  It also has a heat source so we will be able to provide warmth when the temps drop below freezing and will also keep the water pipes from freezing.  It will have nesting boxes for them to lay their eggs and for collecting everyday.  The 10' x 20' run will be their hang out when they're not free ranging. 

 

I'll be posting picture of the construction process...

 

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Well, it's been about two weeks since we started working on the new coop.  We intended to convert the existing greenhouse but decided to tear it down and put up a new building instead.  Here's the progress so far...

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The view from the roof

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Recent progress on the new coop.  We have walls, windows, a door and lights!! 

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Captain's Log: 10/27/2014 - Recent progress on the New Coop shows much has been accomplished.  Lights have been installed, water lines run, windows installed, roost is mounted and nesting boxes built.  Automatic Chicken Door programmed and ready for installation.

I am so grateful for My Amazing Husband who has been working so hard every night and every weekend building such a fabulous coop.

 

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We've made lots of progress to the new coop.  Walls were painted. Linoleum floor installed.  Windows and weather stripping were also installed.  Screen wall and door dividing the living area from the storage area, also installed.  Roost, nesting boxes with straw, waterer, feeder, automatic door have all been installed as well.  15 - 50 lb. bags of sand was put down on the floor of the coop.

Last night (11/4/2014) we moved the City Girl Flock into their new home.  That was quite the experience.  There we were, Mr. Wonderful Husband and I, in the dark of night, transporting one chicken at a time from the old coop to the new one.  I scooped them out of the old coop, Mr. Wonderful Husband opened and closed the door for me, we both ran from the old coop to the new coop. Mr. Wonderful Husband opened the doors to the new coop while I gently set them on their new roost... and repeated that NINE times!!  At one point I was overcome with nerves and began laughing uncontrolably.  Not only was I laughing I actually snorted which made me laugh harder.  And if that wasn't bad enough I then proceeded to wet my pants!!  Thankfully, we got them all in without too much trouble.  Why the dark of night you ask?  Because it's less traumatizing for chickens to be moved while they're sleeping or in our case semi-asleep.

They must now be locked in the new coop for at least seven days for coop training so they can learn that this is their new home.  When checking on them this morning I discovered they found their new feeder and waterer but they definitely seemed confused.  I hate that they can't free range like they've become accustomed to. 

While the City Girl Flock is coop training, work on the run will continue.  We've installed the hardware cloth to the outside of the run.  We still have to make and install a new run door, clear out the building material that is currently living in the run, add a few tons of sand, install the outside waterer and various roosts  I know I'm not fooling anyone when I say "we".   You all know I mean Mr. Wonderful Husband right?? 

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The majority of the work for the new coop is done and not a moment too soon since it's the day before Thanksgiving and we've got about six inches of snow and it's still coming down pretty hard.  The City Girl Flock seems to be adjusting nicely to their new coop and Jeeves likes it too :)

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