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Ashton’s 4th Chicken Coop Build (part 1)

It’s that time again! We’re building a better chicken coop. Last year, I built a smaller A-Frame Chicken coop for our small flock of 6 chickens. We’ve expanded to 14 chickens so we need a much larger coop and run.

The chickens are very detailed inspectors. They’ve visited me every time I’m working on the coop. The grey chicken’s name is Lavender, and she’s amazingly fearless. She laid an egg inside my coop while I was working on it yesterday.

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Moving the Chicken Coop

Spring cleaning has officially begun out here. We’ve done a lot of work reorganizing our hay shed. One of the biggest challenges so far was moving the chicken coop.

Last Summer, I built our Chicken Coop of the Ages, and created a “run” for the chickens to run around in:

Chicken Coop
Chicken Run
This has been in the front of our Hay Shed for the last year, and the chickens are making a mess. It’s also taking up extra space where we would like to put hay, so we have decided to move it to the back of the hay shed:
Chicken Run

First we had to clean it up:
Chicken Run Before

Then we built a roof out of wooden planks and a lot of chicken wire. We had to sew lengths of chicken wire together to make a “roof.” We used rocks to hold down the chicken wire where it met the ground (on the left):

Chicken Run After

Then I cut a hole in the wall at the back of the hay shed, and we moved our (extremely heavy) Chicken Coop of the Ages to the back of the hay shed.

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A Winter Morning

We woke up this morning as we always do, and we went out to feed the animals. This time I brought a camera to take pictures of all of the ridiculous animals.

Because of the weather, we’ve been keeping the below three horses in the “large paddock.” Today, we let them out to run around in the field. They ran around for a good 10 minutes.
Ashton Anna's Horses

Ashton Anna's Horses
From left to right is Maple, Onora and Aspen.

While I was out in the pasture I took a picture of our house in the snow:
Ashton Anna's House

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Chickens have paid for themselves!

We got our two chickens on 7/30/07 for $10.

On 9/9/07, they gave us their 48th egg! and at $2.50/dozen, they have officially saved us $10!!! They have paid for themselves! Yeay

Now they only owe us the $140 or so that we put into the chicken supplies, etc. They are fortunate that I didn’t charge them for my time I’ve put into building their home.

hahaha!

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Another Chicken Coop Update

I’ve added the Fourth wall of the chicken coop, and it turned out quite nicely.

Here’s the back sides:

Here is a good set of Before and After Pictures:

BEFORE:

AFTER:

It’s been quite a project, and I’m almost done… all I have left to build is a roof. I’ll be doing that before it starts to rain and snow for obvious reasons.

Oh yea, and here’s a picture of our chickens trying to get some sleep. (The light is from a heat lamp we have to keep them warm on the cold nights.)

More to come later,
Ashton Sanders