Let me know where you get the good edible kind of nasturtiums - I understand humans can eat it too except I researched that it is spicy/bitter? Nasturtiums planted between rows of garden vegetables is supposedly a good garden insect deterrent as well.Still working on the new addition but here's where I'm at.
Still have the mulch or whatever I decide for around the coop. Any suggestions???
Have you noticed which round nestbox your ladies prefer to lay their eggs? Is the round box farthest from the door ever used? We find that our 4 hens all want to lay their eggs in the nestbox closest to the entrance. Another thread post said their hens all want to use just the one nestbox when there are plenty of others to choose from.The Doo Drop Inn. Under Spring clean up. There's a side yard as well. It's quite roomy. Had limb damage from ice storms, so it needs a little work.
We were looking to buy a new playset and convert it to a chicken's play area. Of course the playset prices were so outlandish that we ultimately chose to allot the money for an Amish/Dutch style coop instead. Excellent idea that you STOLE from us LOL - but I'm glad to see someone else had the same idea! Like minds are great minds !
Originally the coop had been a children's play set. Our grandkids are too big now so we added 6 golden comets to our family. They are big girls now and they usually each lay an egg every day. In the winter when it's way below zero we cover the south screen with heavy plexi and hang a heat lamp. The egg nests are on the other end with a door for our easy access. Their little yard is in the back with a door into the bottom. They go up a ramp in the back to lay
I love it when I see another chickeneer using the same ideas we came up with. Similar to your pen we used a Lucky Dog kennel to add more space to our little existing coop - the coop was ok for two Silkies but when we added two LF egg layers we needed more space for them to spread out before releasing them free-range the rest of the day. These kennels are sturdy but I don't like how wide the wire is on them - the spaces are a little closer at the bottom of the cage but get wider above. We bought more poultry wire to cover the roof which only came with a soft tarp sloped roof cover and the kennel is on stepping stone patio slabs to keep out digging predators. We don't use the kennel for housing but only as additional run space.Here is the coop for the 3 chicks. They turn 6 weeks old on Monday and really enjoy their time outside. Will be putting them in tonight. All we have left is to put a few nesting boxes in. They seem to enjoy snuggling in there when getting outside time with one of my hens.
So nice and good cross ventilation also. I had seen someone use a shell for a coop but this is nice as a tractor too. Very secure bolts and attractively arranged - you must've measured the spaces evenly to make the bolts look that good!