As of last night the chickens are in their new home! The little mess makers are finally out of my house and into their permanent abode.
The new coop is 8 feet by 20 feet wide. This is the view from the front door of the barn.
They have a lot of space to roost. On the wall will be a small door that will open so the girls can go into a penned area that we are building.
The other side of the coop has more roosts and the door at the bottom of this wall opens up to where the tractor is. All I have to do is pull up the rope, shoo them into the tractor and take them out into the yard.
Jim went a little nuts with the amount of nesting boxes he built. We will add straw to them closer to when they should be starting to lay. We don't want them to get used to hanging out there.
We brought the girls up to the barn in the tractor. It fits right up against the side of the barn where the little door is. They didn't know what the heck was going on, so Jim had to get into the tractor and help point them in the right direction.
I can't count how many times I went to open the door to the breezeway to check on them today. I went out to the barn a couple of times to see how they were doing and they seemed fine. They were squawking up a storm and enjoying all that extra room.
I'll deny it if you tell anyone, but I miss them.