[FONT=book antiqua,palatino][FONT=book antiqua,palatino]Our backyard chicken coop - built for us by Al Burgeois, a local urban chicken farming expert: http://www.thechickenenthusiast.com/.[/FONT]
[FONT=book antiqua,palatino]The coop with an added run. Some friends helped us to convert our old doghouse (on the right) into a temporary coop for the chicks until they were big enough to go into the henhouse with the older hens. Now we can use it for a sick bay/timeout if needed (thankfully, we have not needed either yet). For now, we put the board back in the cutout window and it's a great place to store supplies.[/FONT]
[FONT=book antiqua,palatino]Our Ladies
[FONT=book antiqua,palatino]We have 4 laying hens (Two red sexlinks and two buff orpingtons)
Here are the residents of our henhouse. Lucy and Ruby came to us in May, 2009 as 1-year old hens, refugees who had been living at a relative's house, despite city ordinances which prohibited them there. They are hard working ladies - faithful layers!
[FONT=book antiqua,palatino]And Wilma and her BFF, Betty, who we got as babies. Even as adults these two are joined at the hip (Wilma is a little clingy.)[/FONT]
[FONT=book antiqua,palatino]Here are Wilma and Betty - all grown up (POL).[/FONT]
[FONT=book antiqua,palatino]The first egg from our chicks (9/13/09). It was Miss Betty's! [/FONT]
Miss Wilma's first egg simply appeared rather unceremoniously in the nesting box alongside Betty's on October 5.
Here's our winter set-up. We wrap the smallest run beneath the henhouse completely in plastic, leaving the pop door open , and wrap only half of the adjoining run. The large open run we leave open and unwrapped - that run goes mostly unused in the wintertime, but is well used in spring, summer and fall.