Chicken Coop Progress Update 2
I wanted to give you a chicken progress update! Progress was a little slow this week due to lots of rain but we’re slowly chipping away at it!
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I added a sheet of plaskolite to the floor in small room that the chickens are currently using as a roost until we finish the other 30 feet of the coop. It has made cleanup SO easy! For now I’m using pine shavings for their bedding but will be switching that up once their in the big coop.
I also added a hanging feeder and waterer. This has kept their food and water much cleaner! I hung the waterer on a plant hook, which has worked wonderfully! I hung a couple out in their run too so we can move these in and out if we want. And I plan to get a waterer just for their run too.
Chicken Run Progress
We also got the base parameter put on. They are loving all the room they have to run! We’ve also been letting them free range for the last week or so in the afternoons when I can supervise them! Everyone is doing great with it! The dogs and cats have learned/are learning to leave them alone too. Even our blind chicken Louisa is able to keep up with the others!
You can read more about her HERE!
I get asked a lot about the safety of our chickens so I wanted to quickly address that. We do lock them inside of the coop every night. I work from home and am in and out during the day. Also the coop is right behind the farmhouse and we have 2 large dogs that are excellent guard dogs.
We haven’t had any issues with coyotes coming up since we first moved in and had our neighbor “take care” of quite a few of them. Anytime we hear or see them we let him know. Obviously when they’re free ranging they’re more exposed, but again our dogs are very watchful. I do know that predators are sneaky and can also come from above. At this point I feel we’re doing what we need to to keep them as safe as we can, but unfortunately predators are a part of farm life.
More Plans for the Coop and Run
We’ll be adding 2x4s across the top of the run from post to post for added support. Then we can cut the posts off. Eventually we’ll be adding some sort of roof to cover the run. I’ll be making faux window frames for the windows across the top of the front of the coop too. And I do believe I’ve decided to paint the coop. If you look above the windows on the picture below you can see that it was white at one time.
Then we have to figure out how to fix the coop. We’ll repair the walls, but the fact is that the structure is compromised and falling off it’s foundation. It will be a challenging project but she’s an oldie and aren’t they all?
We’ll also be putting a roof on it and new floor in it. Some of these things may be put on hold for fall or later. We just have to see how it all shakes out and what time and budget allow since we have a long list of projects that we’d like to start on in the farmhouse too soon. Did you know that Ed and I are doing all our farm and farmhouse renovations ourselves on a no debt budget? Even though it means things take longer it’s something we’re really proud of!
And no matter what these chickens are living the good life!
If you missed where we started with the chicken coop you can find it HERE!
Chicken Coop Progress Update 2
I’m happy that the chickens have a nicer and nicer place to call home! I can’t wait to make more progress on this 1922 coop and really bring it back to life! I hope you’re enjoying it too!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! It means the world to me!
I love reading about the progress on your chicken coop. Actually I love reading about your progress on all the farm projects. I always look forward to your emails with progress details. ❤️❤️❤️
I’m so glad to hear this!! It completely made my day!! We’re really enjoying everything and it’s such a blessing to be able to share!
I know you are one busy gal but I too am enjoying all your progress on everything. You have made so many changes already. Isn’t it so pleasing to see your progress at the end of every day? Keep up the good work!
Thank you!! It’s the best feeling of contentment to lie your head down at the end of a good days’ work ❤️ I’m so glad you’re enjoying it along with us!!
Can’t wait to see how this turns out!! Y’all always do such great work around the farm and farmhouse!
Wow Sarah thank you so much! I really appreciate you saying that!
When I started subscribing to newsletters I had quite the list (!) which has, over time, been parred down dramatically. Yours, however, is my absolute favorite and the one that I really look forward to. I love the pictures, the details you share on all your projects, the sources on everything, even the fur babies! One favorite post: the stinker Griffin’s little hoof stomping, way too cute!
Oh my goodness I can’t tell you what this means to me!! I feel honored! I’m so grateful you’re along for the ride! The best is yet to come! 😉
Amanda, I am enjoying all of your posts. You
& your husband should be very proud of yourselves for all the hard work with “no budget” turning that old farm into a farm home with all of your animals.
Wow thank you so much! We really want to share that if we can do it anyone can! I’m so glad you’re enjoying this journey with us!! ❤️