You build the coop. The chickens will come.

So, let’s not make this awkward ok?! I haven’t blogged in many moons. 4 months to be exact. Pretty much the entire winter. We’ll call it blogbernation (blog hibernation). 

I’ve been meaning to spruce up my blog, so that it would have a new look for 2018. Well, it does have a new look….deserted….but also improved! I transferred all my posts (and added a handy search feature) and got my own .com! 

It is now offically ready for 2018, and more adventures for the Smiths. 

Thanks for coming back! I’m happy you’re here to read about our latest adventures. 2018, here we come!

We recently began our next project, and it’s a big one…..We’re getting chickens!

We have been researching a lot: raising the chicks, breeds, types of eggs, and how many to get, coop size, where it should go, and how to set up the fencing. We had decided on 12 chickens with 3 hens from 4 different breeds: Americaunas, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, and Barred Rocks. To decide, we gathered lots of info by listening to podcasts (that’s Brian’s territory), reading blogs, and checking out books from the library. (I enjoyed this one.  )

With that information decided, we knew we would need a coop 8 X 6, with 5 nesting boxes (you need one nesting box for every 2-3 laying hens).

I won’t attempt to include step by step instructions, there are lots of helpful blogs out there that do a better job of that than I could do. (Backyardchickens.com has TONS of coop inspiration and plans.)

BUT, I would love to share with you what we’ve done so far!

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The foundation

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Starting some nails for us
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Playing while mom and dad work on the coop.
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phase one: the frame is complete!

I’ll keep everyone updated on the coop and the chicks, and as always, so glad you’re here and thanks for reading!

Steph

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