Operation Chicken Coop

I know you have all been on the edge of your seats waiting to hear the latest on my chicken drama.  Well, the chicks are out of the huge dog cage just outside the kitchen door and into their very own chicken coop. I have to give the kids credit. They worked for two afternoons straight helping Jon to construct the little darlings’ home. For those of you who are familiar with chicken-lore, these two little guys are chickens of the “Pollo Indio” variety, and apparently the structure pictured below is what they like to hang out in (at least that’s what we’ve been told by local farmers). One is a boy, and the other is a girl so we should have more chicks in a few months, and lots of fresh eggs. Jon has learned all about how to keep the rooster from killing its babies, getting the eggs, etc. We’ve had one crow in the coop, and a lot of strange animal noises in the night but so far these guys are doing just fine.

I can’t believe I’ve become someone who blogs about chickens, but I guess I have. Despite my feelings that the chickens will become more work than any of us want to deal with, I am still proud of how well the kids are working with Jon and taking ownership of this chicken-raising endeavor. Check out the photos of “Operation Chicken Soup Coop.”

Ready to build!

Ian lends a hand

Before building starts

Hard at work

Tori sweeping…

…and posing

Chicken pen at the end of day one

Second afternoon of work…thankfully there was a chilly breeze

Kids gathering sticks for the little coop outside the garden, the barrel is for composting stuff in case you are wondering

Such a good helper!


Ping-Pong and Jake are happy in their new digs!

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