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As you know, Mr. Wonderful sold my chicken's coop out from underneath them. They were not happy to be demoted to "dog status". They hated the dog houses I provided them with, even though there was fresh shavings in the houses. They laid their eggs way in the back of the dog house, or right on the ground - anything to let me know they were less than pleased - they wanted to make it difficult for me to retrieve the daily egg!
Now that the house is finished, I will post pictures of this deluxe coop! The picture below shows the Master Planner installing a side electrical box.And, the electric eye will see when it is time to switch on the night light inside for the hens - they have plans for bedtime stories, popcorn, and shadow puppet entertainment!Next photo is the nest boxes, with roosts, and conduit cables, to protect wiring from the pecking of curious beaks.The lovely large doors for cleaning.......made of Cedar and T111 Fir.... large enough to climb into, if necessary...This is one coop ready for take off! Note the open nest boxes on each side - boxes for 6 hens - although they love to share.The finished back side, with cleaning door, and decorations....One of the finished sides...there is a window on the other side of the coop as well....and note the area for hanging feeders - keeps the chicken mash dry, off the ground, and out of the way!And, the finished front, with ramp for the hens to enter their house! I have to finish their name plates, and those will be added soon.We were able to GET R DONE before the big storm rolled in, and were those hens ever excited! They were hopping into the coop before we even had it completely in place and leveled!!! They tried out every nest box, as evidenced by lay down prints in the shavings the next morning! I do believe it was successful, and they settled in quite easily. And, do you want to know what Suzy thinks of it? See picture below:She can describe those hens in one word: "IDIOTS!"
A quick announcement - Please visit West Virginia Treasures - she is announcing a new meme featuring pictures and stories about pets we love and have loved in the past. Click HERE to read about it - starts this coming TUESDAY, of course!
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