Metro Boston

By NBwriter, Oct 28, 2016 | Updated: Oct 28, 2016 | | |
  1. NBwriter
    We live in the metrowest suburbs of Boston, very residential, not a lot of elbow room. But last year we moved to the edge of town (not for the chickens, I swear) and have a yard that works better for the zoning regulations.
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    We started with six chicks (2 RI Reds, 2 Silkies and 2 Barred Rock) which were 90% guaranteed to be hens [insert laughter here]

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    and a medium-sized kit from Tractor Supply Company, advertised as requiring only one hour and one screwdriver (we needed three of each, but that's me).

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    We painted it, dug a hardware cloth skirt around the perimeter, and changed all the sliding locks to firmer hardware with O-ring screw clips and a combination lock on the low end, which we figure even the most brainiac raccoons can't get. (The far left has a drop-down door to access the roosting area with three nesting boxes.)
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    Although the coop was supposed to accommodate up to eight chickens, it felt small to us, and though we let them out in the fenced yard a good bit, there are too many hawks to let them out alone. We built an expanded 8'x6'run with Home Depot lumber and hardware cloth stapled throughout. Then the flowerbox and weathervane, as one does :)

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    The two white silkies in the photo turned out to be roosters, and since they aren't allowed in our town, we found them a home at a 4H camp. The very next morning, one of the barred rocks — the friendliest, of course — started crowing. So now we're just three hens, 2 RI Reds and one Barred Rock — Penny, Sunny, and Mia HammAndEggs.

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    For our first winter we're just 3 hens with extra straw in the roosting box, no supplemental light, and a heater coil in the water bucket (fingers crossed). If all goes well we'll expand the flock next spring for some colored eggs.

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  1. NBwriter
    Ha! Velminator. Our two silkies definitely had some raptor in them. The remaining hens have been so docile I'm a little afraid to add to the mix and upset the balance we have going. Though I'd really like a few easter eggers.
  2. med1pilot
    I guess we were lucky. All six of our girls were true to their gender. Although one was aggressive enough to the rest to have been a rooster. She is deifinitely in charge in our hen house. Her name is Velma, but I call her the Velminator.
  3. NBwriter
    Thanks Wyorp Rock! Isn't it frustrating, AmieD? We tried the collar but it didn't work well enough for us....we are in the suburbs and would have been outed. ChickNanny13: There's such a surplus of Roos here in MA....she should come vacation here and return with a pet! At least her loss is your gain I guess.
  4. Wyorp Rock
    Cute coop! Love the paint job, additional run and of course the "extras" (weathervane and planter). Very Nice!
  5. ChickNanny13
    LOVE your Coop & the addition of your Run, great idea!
    A friend of mine purchased 6 supposedly BLRW from a feed store here, she lost one :( Shocked when the remaining turned out to be Blues & PULLETS! She was hoping for at least one be a Roo, so I got inherited them. She's looking for a Roo but no luck here in Hawaii :(
  6. AmieD
    Your coop is very cute. I had to laugh about the roosters. I purchased 3 RIRs that were supposedly female. Two out of three are roosters. I let the breeder know and they offered to take them back and give us two new chicks that they would have to "sex first." I was like no thanks. Luckily, I can keep roosters. We just had to add more girls and got no crow collars. :)
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  8. sumi
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
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