OK, not to rub u guys nose in it.......BUT.........
Finished coop (enough to stuff my brooder and new chicks in it) Feb 29 (I had to work some REALLY cold days to get that done, and dig thru frozen ground to do this cuz I have a sub ground level dirt floor. Picked up first chicks Mar 2. Since then I put up the fencing for the run (I can't freerange), put up the hardware cloth skirting (2' high, 2' buried apron). Yesterday I installed the Pullet-shut Automatic Door (So far I love this thing, pricey, but so easy for an ignorant old woman to install, solar powered and with a light sensor). Today I put up the bird netting, and made a ramp for the girls to get out. All I have left is to build a roost, which I will do TOMORROW, cuz I'm kicking the girls OUT of the coop so I can do the construction on it inside. THEN, I WILL BE FINISHED!!!
Chicks have been outside since day one, no chicky smells in here. Supposed to be like 80-82 here Tomorrow and Saturday, perfect weather for the girls to be experiencing the great outdoors for the first time. What a relief to have it almost done. These old bones are so tired of climbing ladders, sawing wood, MEASURING everything and it still not working out right, just want some time to just sit and watch for awhile.
Things left to do: Roost, will check off tomorrow. Make drip waterers (I've ruined 2 pitchers trying to do this, just don't seem to have the strength to push the little buggers in) and make a bucket feeder or two.
Oh, One of my Black Australorps is looking a little roo-ish to me. Comb seems to have started growing much faster than the other BA or the 2 BR's I have. Also seems to have a rosier color than the others. At 4 weeks I think it's probably too soon to panic, but since I can't have roosters, if it does turn out to be a Roo, does anyone want to give it a home.......for free?