Sunday, October 28, 2012

Must be Autumn!

New flag and flag pole for the chickens! Thanks to Jean Rollwitz!


The new flag and pumpkins.  Must be fall.

Speaking of fall, notice that we have our very own Jack-o-Lantern!  

They are slowly eating the pumpkins.

The girls ate the seeds first and now are pecking away at the meat.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Knock Knock...

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Chickens who?
Chickens who want your attention!

Yesterday, the chickens were pecking at the door.  We would go out and see them -- just as happy as can be to see us.

They pecked at the door four different times.  Yes, we answered the door each time.  Just like Pavlov's dogs.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Water Heater Tin

In Montana it gets cold occasionally.  To keep the water from icing up, I found a tin for twenty-five cents and a lamp for fifty cents at garage sales this summer.

In the tin, I drilled a 3/8" hole.  I took the lamp assembly apart.  Then I reassembled the lamp assembly inside the tin.  The screw-on fastener on the bottom of the lamp assembly is on the outside of the tin, which keeps the 40-watt bulb stationary in the center of the tin.

I have both plastic and metal waterers.  I have read that the tin works for both plastic and metal, so I don't know which I will do.  Or, I may make a second water heater tin.  Did I mention that I garage sale...  I have enough parts to make one more heater.  

Finishing Touches to Keep the Ladies Warm

The front of their new house.  It is not perfect, but it is done!

The nesting boxes work great.  The girls began using their new boxes even before the front was attached. 

The ramp and roost.  They didn't like this roost, so we added a second, lower roost, which they seem to like.

This certainly has been a slow process, but I think we finally have the coop that we want!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Winterizing The Coop

The roost, ramp and nesting boxes. The front needs to be attached.
The ramp is on hinges.  It can be brought up for closure.
Right now, there is a chicken wire front for air and viewing...
The new coop takes up none of their floor space.  Raised up 30", it is 4' by 8'. The girls should be cozy this winter!

Adam taking a break to ride Patrick's new birthday bike.  The seat might be a bit too low...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Finally! The Roof is On!

Jason is the roofer.

We had to build the roof before we could shingle.

Aaron looking at the roof.

Attaching the plywood.

Wow!  What a difference!

The ladies will be dry this winter.

Putting the plywood on.

Adam looking on.

Getting the design just right!

Thank goodness for the electric nail gun!

Love the brown shingles.

Cutting the shingles takes a while.

Painting the wafer board panels that will be used for wind breaks.

The panels will be attached in the winter, but stored during the summer.

Aaron's hands were tired by the end of the day!

Admiring his handiwork.

Wind panels and decorations are up!

Painting the back to match the wind panels.

Job well done, Jason!

How pretty!  It rained the next day -- and all is good!

With the rafters, we can now hang the food and water.

Happy girls.  There is still a bit of work left, but we have time before the Montana winter sets in.