Originally Posted by scythe23
OK so after months of prodding from my wife I caved and we got 5 chicks this weekend, 2 buffs, 2 ameracuanas (i think I spelled it right) and 2 yellow ones that will grow into white hens with black spots, I forgot the name lol. So I spent the weekend working on a coop and Im almost done, still need to do some trim work, add roof, latches, add hardware cloth and install the big door. In one pic you can see the door leaning up against the side, I made it so that the whole wall will be hardware cloth and will open for easy maintenance. I made large vents all around the top of the other 3 sides for plenty of ventilation in our AZ summers. My question I have now is this, should I build a run or I would ideally like to fence off this whole side of the house in the pic below (don't judge me by the weeds I have 3 kids and a full time job and we NEVER go on this side of the house so it gets neglected) This side of the house is against the street and away from neighbors. I would love to just fence that off and let them have the full run of that side of the yard all day but worry about them jumping/flying to the top of the wall or over it. I know I can cut their flight feathers but still worry. What do you think I should do, let them have the run of that side or build a run for them. Also that side of the yard is 10 foot wide and in the shade all day but about an hour or so mid day. The coop is 4x4'
Mine are set up in a similar way, side yard away from the neighbors. I put netting over my run both to keep in the chickens and keep out hawks and owls that are in my Tempe neighborhood. Netting is fairly cheap, easy to put up and take down. I don't have to worry about my chickens escaping. Those weeds will be gone in a day or two, yummy chicken fodder! They will be wanting more BTW.
Originally Posted by scythe23
I was planning on using deck sealant and putting vinal flooring on the floor. I cant wire from the roof to the fence because the HOA would freak out about seeing if from the road. I had thought about screening the top off but that is VERY expensive and we are in a rental home for another 2 years. Im not overly worried about predators as I have a huge rabbit problem in my yard lol more worried about them getting up and out
The flooring will be very durable, good choice! Make sure to get the rabbits out of the run before you enclose it.
Originally Posted by aviddamy
Ugh, I'm so excited. Our Queenie is gonna be a Mama on April 16th approximately. So far, she has done really well. I moved her yesterday because the other hens kept climbing all over her and the one time a day she would leave the nest, they'd go in the nest and climb on the eggs. They have broken a few so I wanted her in a safer spot. No issues with moving her because I moved the entire box. One benefit to using plastic storage totes. She is still making happy noises and hasn't moved from her spot on the eggs. We've been hand feeding her and offering her water to make sure she stays in good health. She had been broody a while before I gave her the eggs.
I have 4 tiny moringas popping up their leaves. Yesterday morning there was only one. They really like heat and sunshine. I have them sitting on top of a trampoline in full sun.
Moringas love heat and sun. They will take as much as you can give them. You are on the way to your moringa forest!