by Tammy Taylor
We have really enjoyed raising these baby chicks so far – their antics are good for hours of entertainment! But our temporary coop is only large enough for 4 grown chickens and we have 6 – and these chicks are growing fast. We’d love for them to finally call our 1880’s barn coop their home, as it was meant to be!
Years ago when we had the barn refurbished, the builders replaced the crumbling exterior boards of our barn, leaving the barn’s old internal areas intact. The floor was sound but the planks were not tight enough to form a good barrier. We decided adding a layer of plywood over it would offer the chickens a little more protection.
Next we added nesting boxes for them. As much as I hate plastic we decided these bins would be great nesting boxes and be easy to keep clean. They are placed up off the floor and anchored to the wall.
We placed an old gate panel against the adjoining wall to allow them to perch off the floor and we sprinkled hay to cover the coop’s floor. We nailed chicken wire tightly across the door and anchored it securely to the floor so we can open the door for ventilation during the day and still close them in at night. They’ll stay confined to the coop for a few days as they learn that this is their home. (This is the procedure we use to teach our Free-Range Hens To Come Home Each Night instead of roosting in the trees, under the barn, etc)
Their new house is finally ready, it’s time for them to take the next big step!
The coop is 7 feet wide by 9 feet deep so the chicks are loving their spacious new (old) digs!