Are you handy & ready to take on a new project? Building the right coop for your chickens will take some research, so take a look at the plans I’ve collected on Pinterest. There are a lot to choose from, and if nothing else, maybe they’ll open a few doors to more. Good Luck!
Interested in how other chicken keepers manage their chickens? I know I’m constantly looking for ideas on how to make chores easier, better ways to stretch feed bills, bedding choices, and most of all housing.
I found this outstanding chicken coop on BackYardChickens, it’s certainly worthy of a little recognition! Click on the pic to see inside the coop and the building process.
It’s been a month now since mother nature caused havoc on our little farm. There is progress in the rebuild, but it’s SLOW. The barn has been torn down and hauled away, dirt and gravel has been brought in for the foundation, now I’m just waiting for something to happen. It seems every crew has another crew they’re waiting on for something.
Not much to see here yet…
In the meantime, a Quick Trip convenience store has shot up nearly overnight just down the street. Funny how big business has crews for everything all at the same time.
I’m not worried one bit, I hired Curt Boyd Barns & Fencing, in my opinion, the best barn builder in the Valley. He was able to design a custom barn suitable for my specific needs, and he’s been competent in hiring the crews needed to assist him. Unfortunately, with all the storm damage in surrounding areas, every contractor is much busier than usual.
The Silkie Bantams are acting like they’re in jail. They aren’t used to being locked up and there’s lots of squawking going on. I’m grateful there hasn’t been any battles in the coop, it’s hot, I can’t give them a fan, and space is limited. Not an ideal set-up, but hopefully they’ll fair well for another month.
October is just around the corner and I’m still hopeful for time to hatch Silkie chicks. If not, I guess I’ll just have to buy mail order chicks one more time. Either way, I’ll have a variety of ornamental bantams for sale in Spring.
To learn more about Three Pines Bantams at TBN Ranch, visit and “like us” on Facebook. There’s lots of info from all over the net for those interested in chickens. It is also where I’ll post chicks for local sale.
For the past year, maybe longer, we have been remodeling the brooder shed to be a more suitable place to raise baby chicks. This will also be where my broody Silkie Bantam hens can hatch eggs. Over the winter we had drywall put up, and this past week it was taped and prepped to paint. The brooder itself has been built, but there’s still a box of flooring to install on the bottom.
I bought paint the other day for the interior of the shed, pale yellow of course! Next week painting is the number one priority. It’s been fun picking out prints for wall decor, mostly retro poultry tin, but I did choose two framed prints of fancy hens and roosters.
The biggest problem with raising chickens here is the hot weather. It’s impossible to tell a hen when to go broody, and of course they pick the worst time on their own. So I’ve solved that problem with a heating and cooling system in the brooder shed itself. However, that means the pressure is on to produce really nice quality birds. Air conditioning is going to drive my prices up a little to accommodate the price of keeping them alive in 115 degree temperatures. But, that also means I’ll have chicks during the off season when they’re not readily available at local retailers.
There’s still an incubator to buy just in case a hen decides to leave her eggs. They do that sometimes! One day they are dedicated mothers sitting on a clutch of fertile eggs, and then just like that, decide to re-join the flock, leaving their babies to die. What the heck!
So little by little it’s all getting done, but it all cost money, and unfortunately the money tree I planted has not produced even a single dime. Dang!
Here’s what the brooder shed and new brooder looks like so far…
Still lots to do, but I don’t think a month to completion is unrealistic. 🙂