Here is Henrietta, our one Ameraucana chicken. She is super tame and mellow, and will let the kids hold her for hours. I wish we could have bought one more of these, but they're tiny egg layers and we wanted better producers. Her eggs will be a nice green color though, which I'm looking forward to!
Ron made a deluxe chicken condo box the other day. He works in the materials department at the hospital so he always has access to tons of boxes. He couldn't find a large enough box for them, so he connected two with a little door and they seem to love it. We also throw compost into their box so they can eat worms and scritch and scratch around. They love it!
Introducing the ladies: Penelope, Snow Flake, Peepers, Ophelia, and Jacquelin. (Henrietta not pictured.)
The coop and run are almost finished! So far we've framed, roofed and walled the coop, made the ramp and ramp door, and done the run framing. Ron is now putting the wire on the run and making the run door. We still need to make and install the nesting box door, frame the coop in, shingle the roof, reinforce the bottom of the run, and paint the coop. I didn't realize what a big job this coop would be!
Ron put up this fence border to keep out predators. It's great protection, but the down side is that you can't see the chickens unless you're standing right by the coop. We're going to put sticks and branches up in the run, so they will probably perch up there during the day some. We're debating whether to move the coop out some, making the run bigger. Also, the cute window is now obscured behind the run. Ron created the run around the coop to conserve yard space, which totally makes sense. Ron's functionality and my aesthetic are waging a little battle right now. We're working on making a compromise that we'll both be happy with. Since the coop is visible by one of the only windows looking out over the yard/garden I really want to be able to see those chickens clucking around during the day. What to do? Decisions, decisions! Any ideas are welcome by the way. :) I know some of you must be coop experts by now!