So here’s the coop

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December 23, 2012 by suchandsuchfarm

I really wanted chickens. I wanted them really bad. The farm already had a great coop on the property inside a large, fenced in chicken run. All I had to do was insert chickens… and learn how to take care of them. One Saturday in May, our good friends John and Lanette brought us over five chickens and the rest is history. I had chicken fever. (Lanette really got me into chickens, taught me a lot about raising them and now she hatches eggs for sale. Check out her facebook page at Happy Chickens) Here’s a looksie around our coop:

A view from the yard. On the right is the "inside coop" on the left is an "outside coop" area attached.

A view from the yard. On the right is the “inside coop” on the left is an “outside coop” area attached.

The outside coop is completely covered and has roosts, nesting boxes, a brooder box and a chicken door to the inside coop.

The outside coop is completely covered and has roosts, nesting boxes, a brooder box and a chicken door to the inside coop.

The inside coop, where we keep their feeders/waterers, roosting area and 8 nesting boxes.

The inside coop, where we keep their feeders/waterers, roosting area and 8 nesting boxes.

Outside, we built a rainwater harvester that provides them with drinking water.

Outside, we built a rainwater harvester that provides them with drinking water.

Also in their run is this sweet camper shell coop. The previous owner used to to raise turkeys. Now it's being used as a chicken spa/playground/holdingarea.

Also in their run is this sweet camper shell coop. The previous owner used to to raise turkeys. Now it’s being used as a chicken spa/playground/holdingarea.

I took this picture in the middle of their yard. Needless to say, they have plenty of space to roam.

I took this picture in the middle of their yard. Needless to say, they have plenty of space to roam.

Right now, we have Easter Eggers, buff orpingtons and blue laced red wyandottes (they’re great dual purpose breeds… meaning good layers and fryers) we also have two little silkies because I couldn’t resist them at the small animal swap. Currently we have a mixed flock but want to create a self-sustaining flock where the hens and roosters mate, lay eggs, hatch their own babies and so on and so forth. In the spring we’ll build on another coop where we can keep the breeds separate and essentially have two purebred self-sustaining flocks.

We do cull our own roosters and the first time was certainly an experience, it doesn’t get easier but it’s a necessity. Culling is the process of removing breeding animals from a group based on specific criteria. Having too many roosters create conflict with other roosters and stresses out the hens. Our chickens are not pets. They provide us with delicious eggs and every once in a while, meat. But we do provide them with an excellent life out at the farm. They forage in their large chicken run for bugs and grass, eat scraps from the garden, take dust baths and scratch in the yard. Spoiled chickens produce excellent eggs. And I spoil the crap out of them. Just ask Dave. You can read more about them in the “Our chickens” section of our website.

I have to admit that the coop and run look pretty drab since it’s late December but come spring time, it’s full of tall grasses and veggie scraps from the garden. Stay tuned for new upgrades and additions to the cook and flock coming next spring!

Here’s a video that Dave took of our buff orpington laying one of her first eggs!

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2 thoughts on “So here’s the coop

  1. […] already have one coop that was built by the previous owners. It’s at the end of a very long pastured run, running […]

  2. […] of the abnormally cold and wet spring we’re having. However, we have this pretty baller camper shell condo coop set up outside so with a heat lamp and since they’re fully feathered at 5-6 weeks, they […]

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