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The finished coop!  I have had a very busy weekend.  The excitement when I came home from work Thursday afternoon and saw that my coop was waiting for me on my front porch was unbelievable. 

The kids and I started painting it that afternoon.

And assembly started Friday afternoon.

Next was the making of the "run".  This was more difficult than the coop as I had to decide how to put it all together for least amount of effort but maximum security for the chickens ( as I have a dog and a cat that I would not trust with any gaps just yet.)  Used old cement reinforcing mesh that I've had for years in the garden, square aviary mesh that was left over from another project, 2 starpickets and the magic of Zip ties.  My daughter was helping me but also pretending to be a chicken in this photo.

After this, I had to mesh over the windows of the cubby house (except for the one that opens into the coop, make doors and "Pretty it up"... I've bought some kind of purple flowered shrubby thing, some white agapanthas and put a self watering pot with diantha's under the nesting box.  I'm so proud of my little coop, even my husband thinks it looks pretty.  The good thing about the Cubby, is that it is a second coop that I can close off from the main run if I need to keep any chooks separate for a while plus is extra shelter/room for the six chickens (yea I know I originally said 4) that I plan to get.

And finally, meet my two ladies; a bantam white Sussex named Vicky (this is my son's) who is quite large for a bantam, and a bitsa - the lady I bought her off said she was an unknown breed but had already started to lay and she looked so pretty that I had to get her.  Her name is Minty (my daughters) Go figure kids naming systems out - I can't :)

Well, that's it from me for today.  I can promise you that I'm quite chicken mad at the moment so I'll probably be posting about my chooks quite frequently over the next couple of months :)

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Comment by Florence on May 2, 2014 at 8:34

I would get them used to the run first too... at least for our chooks, they're so used to freerange, they make a lot of noises if they're confined to their run, even though they probably get 2 sq m each.  They have the roam of the entire backyard now, no veggies grow, and we ended up fencing the deck instead so it's not covered in chook poos all the time.  It's a chook rules household at my parents ^^"

Comment by Lissa on April 29, 2014 at 4:17

We get so much back on so many levels from our backyard gardening efforts. Very therapeutic stuff.

Comment by Susan on April 28, 2014 at 18:55

Thanks guys, I'm pretty proud of it all.  Valerie, re the lid - I bloody lost the thing in my trip from the chook house to the shed to the house and then back to the chooks.  I  have retraced my steps repeatedly but to no avail.  I'm going to bunnings as soon as I can to replace the lid.  With the space issue, I do plan to free range them every day.  I get home about 3 pm most days and plan to let them out once the dog and cat are used to them. 

Andrew, you are hilarious! That comment made me giggle.

I got home this afternoon and made a coffee and just sat out there talking to my chickens for an hour this arvo.  They are still a bit skitzy so I figure by sitting out there every day with my hand in the cage with food on it, they will get more and more used to me and will eventually start eating out of my hand.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 28, 2014 at 18:13

She's thinking about letting that little girl out in a week or two.  Just wants to make sure the run is good enough for the chickens first. 

Comment by Christine Cox on April 28, 2014 at 17:48

Love it Susan. Great job love the colours too.

Comment by Lissa on April 28, 2014 at 5:28

Very nice job Susan :) Hugely impressed with the level of involvement of the kids. Well done them and you!

Lovely chooks too, quite beautiful.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 27, 2014 at 21:25

Oh, they are good looking girls too! 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 27, 2014 at 21:22

I can almost taste the cute from my place Susan.  Don't worry, I'm chook obsessed at the moment as well. 

Comment by Valerie on April 27, 2014 at 20:58

Looks really cute.

Is the black bin a drinker? Probably good to close the lid for mosquitos etc. but not too tight to let the air in/water out. What do you use for feeder? Rob Bob has a great design on youtube.

You may need a bigger run for 6 chooks. The rule of thumbs is 1 m2 per hen unless you plan to free range everyday.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 27, 2014 at 20:51

So cool Susan! 10/10 for putting it together :-) Love the little window, nice touch.

Wonder what we did without zip ties? I was reprimanded by a woman in Bunnings for calling them that so since then I've tried to remember and call them 'cable ties' which doesn't accord with what I do with them. Nothing that I've zipped up with plastic strips has fallen down ;-)

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