During the incubation period mother nature decided to bring record breaking 117 degree temperatures in Phoenix for a few days. I’m blaming the weather for a failed hatch. Mother hen is out with the flock again, and she seemed quite happy to get out of the brooder coop. Next month I’ll try again.
Yesterday morning was cloudy and only 89 at 7AM. I took full advantage of this somewhat cooler weather and informed my hens it was moving day. For a month I’ve grabbed an hour here and there trying to set up the new chicken enclosure. Unfortunately, what should have been a one or two day job, turned into a lengthy and grueling event, thanks to the scorching sun threatening to fry me to a crisp.
By 10AM, still no sun, but a toasty 97 degrees. Inspite of working in an oven, the Silkie ladies were moved. The drinkers filled, feeders full to the brim, and everything for their care was conveniently placed in the feed area of the barn. Ahhh… no more worries, shade all day, 100% protection from the rain we might someday get, and convenient utility sources too. Life is good!
Here it is, new chicken house!
This cool little man-made shady space is adjacent to the hen house. It’s been created for feed, supplies, and my morning coffee place. As you can see from the before and after pics, it’s was quite an ordeal to make it what it is.
After / Adjacent to Hen House
High noon, 106, blaring sun…
Finished turning the old hen house into the coop where my broody moms to be will hatch and raise their chicks.
Brooder Coop Interior
Brooder Coop Exterior
Although I was worn to a frazzle, most likely dehydrated, and probably near a heat stroke, it’s all done. Happy chickens, happy me.
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