It took a little bit to build, but the new, permanent pen is up. Extra added bonus? When we sell the house, it can be positioned as a large dog run.
The A-frame coop fits in nicely, although it’s not there forever. But when a few house projects are completed, we can start on the semi-permanent coop. I say “semi-permanent” as it will be movable (for tax purposes!). I don’t believe we’ll get that done this year, but the chickens can overwinter in the hoop house again. And I’ll be able to move them out sooner now that the pen is up.
We are cutting back the apple trees as they are so overgrown — in the meantime, the logs make a nice jungle gym for the flock.
The biggest concern are the guineas. I don’t want to lose their bug eat capability by keeping them locked up. And, since they spend so many months cooped up with the hens, they want to bed down with them at night. Fortunately, Penny/Marcia/Kelly are able to get out of the pen quite nicely. It’s more difficult putting them back at night — they’re so skittish! But they do go in as they want to go in. I’ve also noticed the entire flock is quieter now they have moved outside. They can go “downstairs” when they wake up and scratch around until I show up to let them out.
Once the new and improved watering system is in place, we’ll be kicking. Oh, and the plastic bags? My theory is that it will discourage the hens from jumping over. Once we get the deer netting up, they’ll go away.
Well, it’s off to mow and enjoy the sun between the rain showers. Dandelion season is here!