Atlas was one-eyed last night at roost time, right eye completely closed, probably poked himself in one of his fence battles with Deacon next door. Geez, roosters just never learn! Today, it's open, but I bought some quite expensive Terramycin eye ointment at the feed store to be sure he doesn't get an infection. All that wire is dirty, of course. What will they think of next to hurt themselves?
We have made progress in the decision for our big coop build. Just need someone to do the site leveling and tamp down a load of gravel in a 25x25 area before we put down the deposit. I would have today but you never know if you can get someone to work for you. I still don't have seed in my pasture lot. Apparently, Mark couldn't get the last guy to show up so he had to go looking for another hydroseeder. It's getting pretty late in the season, too. If he was here, I'd see about paying him to do the coop site work, but I asked him to move his dozer outside the back perimeter fence line so I could put that back up, he said he would, and it's still sitting there. He's leaving for Cuba next month sometime so he has to move it or DH, who knows how to run big equipment, will take matters into his own hands.
This carport is what we had priced out today, with optional 7' leg height rather than 6', putting the rollup door at the back of that storage area, only framing out the size for a garage door on the inside so we could put a double door (wheelbarrow entry for litter removal), adding full sides, the front end, two windows on each side, a single entry door on the front end (has a diamond shaped window, not a 9-lite, could change that later). Of course, insulation, pens, more ventilation, a barn fan, lighting, etc, will come as we work on it. But this gives us 24'wide by 25' deep footprint for less than a much smaller wood building that would still need the same things done inside to make a coop. Will do a light colored roof to reflect heat and maybe gray color walls.
Edited by speckledhen - 10/7/15 at 11:00am