Thursday, August 21, 2008

19. Siding...Going...Up...

S..l..o..w..l..y the siding is going up. Time, energy and efforts are waning, but when we step back and see how far we have come, it is amazing, isn't it??

While Dad/Builder struggles with the table saw and the ship lap siding in the under-deck makeshift work space, I have been thinking about the fenced in run attached to the coop. I strung up yarn to tree branches and dug a few holes, but so far the flock is still completely free ranging. I romanticize the winter routine of slogging through the snow in big man muck boots and a work hat while bringing the birds their feed and water, but I doubt it will remain very much fun after the first week!

On a side note, the neighbors who we jointly ordered our chicks with had a surprise gift from one of their hens -an egg!! Wow!
At 15 weeks old I think that is very early, but I quickly put in a nesting area just in case any of the girls get in the mood... We shall see!

There is a golf ball in the nest used as a prop to give the girls the right idea. Who knows? It has worked for some people... We will certainly post any new egg info as soon as we can!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

18. Summer slump.

Builder/Teacher/Dad skipped out for the month of June and went to Alaska, but the work for school that he does over the summer did not go away. So the past week he has been busy with non-coop related projects.

In the meantime, I put together a little window sill ledge and a corner roost. While the roost has its faults (the corner idea was not so great and it is best for happy bird co-habitation to have them all on one post rather than two), what I slapped together does give them a temporary place to sit at night.

Here is the ledge:

And the roost:

Eventually the coop will have an inner-vestibule area, but this step is a loooooong way off. First comes the rest of the siding, cutting the excess roof and end boards, and building the long planned enclosed run.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

17. Side One: Just About Done!

The most complicated side of the coop is pretty close to finished! The bottom siding boards will need to be cut off, but we'll do that when all the sides are done...

Is sure is hard to get anything done with inquisitive birds around...
"Whatcha got there? Whatcha doin?"

Dotte (Garnet) isn't moving anytime soon!