Saturday, May 16, 2009

Chicken Coop-raising

Today was a full day of shelter building for our new chicks. Although they will be indoors for some time to come, we are getting an early jump by building our yard-tractor coop. This A-frame enclosure is designed so that you can move it around and have the chickens graze on different patches of the yard (and act as a fertilizer spreader). We have to thank our friends Thuha and Debbie for hosting our little build-a-palooza, and Thuha for making sure that 98% of our building materials were reused. She got all the supplies from Habitat for Humanity's East Bay ReStore.
Thuha is building her own poulet chalet at the same time. A great thanks also goes out to our friend Oliver who brought his considerable skills and calculator. Thank goodness he invited Sohcahtoa as well.

And as if Thuha had not done enough, she also got us our downy chicks. She got some of them from a Concord feed store and the rest from a chicken rescue outfit on Sherman Island in the Delta. We have three of them: a Buff Orpington, a Cookoo Maran (a great name for a boxer, don't you think?), and a Welsummer. No one is more excited about our new arrivals than our almost 3 year old son, Elias. This is only the beginning. We'll keep you posted.

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