Our chickens are now as happy as can be in their new home. We are getting between 2-3 eggs a day which isn’t too bad. I hope it picks up a little bit but considering our crazy weather, the chickens are probably just as confused by the winter and/or spring weather that changes each day. I’m not sure if that affects egg laying production or not. Does anyone out there know?

Once we had the framing up on the coop, the kids and I went about protecting its borders with rocks, logs, and whatever else could find. These went around the edges of the hen house (considering that it’s sitting on its own little piers. We don’t want other varmints being able to get in and either steal the eggs or kill our chickens.

Once the borders were secure, we started helping Johnny pull the wire around the frame he built. This took the most amount of time. Two would help pull the fencing, one would hammer and the other would supervise. 

Once the fencing was up on one side we went back to secure the edges of the frame. Underneath the frame, we laid wire so that if anything tried to dig under the fence they would hit the wire. On top of this wire we put down rocks and more rocks.

We did a lot of wiring and fencing and more wiring and fencing before we let the chickens loose. At first they weren’t quite sure what to do but now they absolutely love it. I think it turned out really cute and very secure.

Things I learned along the way:

  • Use what you have on hand. We did not buy a lot of materials. Mainly we bought fencing, 2 4x4x6 posts and 4 2x4x8 pieces of lumber. That’s it. Everything else we found around the house (like the rocks, the cedar posts, bailing wire, etc.).  I think we spent a total of $110 for the materials themselves.
  • Be creative. Is it the perfect chicken house? Nope, but it works. It keeps the chickens safe and secure. They have room to move and the purple color on the house adds character.
  • Work together…nicely! I love my family but when you have four people, all with different ideas and skill levels, it doesn’t always make for an easy day of work. When we get hot, tired and hungry it can lead to a mean situation. Take tender care with each other and work together. After all, the chickens and eggs benefit the ENTIRE family.
  • A job well done doesn’t mean a job finished all in one day. Take your time. Pace yourself. It’s easier on everyone.