In a Hen House in the Woods. . .

So with my blogging absence, I have not kept things up to date with our hens.  When last I blogged about them, they were still tiny, little chicks who amounted to no more than noise and fluff.

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Alas, chicks grow into chickens, and we have been blessed with some lovely hens.

This was when we first put them into their coop/hen house/Marriot  in mid-April.  They were still teenagers back then.

Chicken Roost 4.15.13 034Here we still had all three of our white Plymouth Rocks.  The first day we let them into the run all day, one of them stuck her head out of the wire to get a tasty niblet and BECAME a tasty niblet (or at least part of her did).  So now we just have two white hens. . .and reinforced wire around the lower 2/3’s of the run.

Tony pulled out all the stops to make a house and run that would be the envy of all other poultry, and BOY was he successful!  He built the coop AND the run in his head (along with all of the other touches that make this a stellar chicken habitat), then made it so.

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This was back in the spring when there was a pile of wood that was waiting to be split.

Just in case anyone is confused as to the occupancy.

Just in case anyone is confused as to the occupancy.

Today.  Tony used old palettes to make a porch of sorts, and yes, that is an electric light over the door.

This photo taken today. Tony used old palettes to make a porch of sorts, and yes, that is an electric light over the door.  There is power running to the coop for an exhaust fan, overhead lights, and a nightlight.

The entryway to the run.  The girls like to hang out there as it is near their way in and out of the house.

The entryway to the run. The girls like to hang out there as it is near their way in and out of the house.

This is the way they get from the coop into the run.  The kids named it "The Sky Walk."

This is the way they get from the coop into the run. The kids named it “The Sky Walk.” You can see the original wire–very strong and sturdy, but plenty big enough for a hen to stick her neck out–a lose it.  We put up hardware cloth to keep their necks safely inside.

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Tony dug a trench and buried the wire for the run a foot in the ground to discourage digging predators.

One of the Girls making use of the ramp and The Sky Walk to go inside.

One of the Girls making use of the ramp and The Sky Walk to go inside.

The run is nestled in under the trees and behind the Hen House.

The run is nestled in under the trees and behind the Hen House.  It’s tucked in so well that it makes taking a photo of it difficult.

Tony built the nesting boxes and their housing, then put them into the coop back in June.

Tony built the nesting boxes and their housing, then put them into the coop back in June.

The traditional chicken ramp--this was back when everything was nice and CLEAN.

The traditional chicken ramp–this was back when everything was nice and CLEAN.

Again.  Clean--and no wood chips yet.

Again. Clean–and no wood chips yet.

Before we even had the ladies--this is the view from the back of the coop toward the front door.

Before we even had the ladies–this is the view from the back of the coop toward the front door. Now it’s full of dust and wood chips and chicken droppings. . .and after dark it is also full of chickens.

Thad enjoying a rest.

Thad enjoying a rest.

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What it looks like now. . .not very clean, but much loved by all of us AND the chicken inhabitants. There is roosting above on both sides with nesting boxes below on the left, and food and water below on the right.

We have an open air coop to let out methane--the fan helps to circulate the air and also keeps them cool at night.  Chickens don't sweat and can die from heat.

We have an open air coop to let out methane–the fan helps to circulate the air and also keeps them cool at night. Chickens don’t sweat and can die from heat.

When you walk in, this is what you see.

When you walk in, this is what you see.

An original drawing from Stephanie Mallicote along with a token rooster as we don't have an ACTUAL rooster.

An original drawing from Stephanie Mallicote along with a token rooster as we don’t have an ACTUAL rooster.

From one of Tony's friends.  It adorns the back of the door.

From one of Tony’s friends. It adorns the back of the door.

Next time. . .meet The Girls.

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