Flying off a new roost

Grandma Moses once said, “If I hadn’t started painting, I would have raised chickens.” I don’t see why she couldn’t have done both…I do.  And, to start off the new year, my chickens flew off of a new roost.

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Joel enclosed part of my daddy’s old ‘bus shed’ so that my chickens could have new quarters.

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Although this pen is smaller than the other one, it is much better. It’s also closer to the house. As a matter of fact, I can see the chickens from the porch.

After Joel finished putting up the wire, I built a gate

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and made a latch

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that you can drop a pin into. I also built a roost with a place to catch all the droppings

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so they can be collected and added to compost.

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Joel put in a water faucet, which is quite convenient.  We hung a feeder

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in hopes that less feed will be wasted. Then,

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I installed their old nesting boxes.

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Ever since the chickens moved in, Gypsy has been hanging out down there. Sometimes she climbs up into the oak tree and just watches.  Yesterday I let her in the pen,

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but when a couple of the girls gave her the evil eye, she couldn’t get out quick enough.

I have more things that I want to add to the new ‘poultry palace’,  so give me a few days to do a little construction and I’ll get back to ya.

6 thoughts on “Flying off a new roost

  1. Sweetheart, you are a genius–and clever also!! Your girls now have a wonderful new place to be. I bet even Martha Stewart’s hens do not have better quarters than Susan’s girls. Well, her hens probably have starched linens to catch the drippings, and a maid to change the cloth. But who needs that much Marth-ism??Have a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family. See you soon. Marie Lemoine

    • I’ve been called a lot of things, but this is the first time I’ve been called a genius. So, you’re the sweetheart!

  2. A chicken palace, great photography, and a room devider. What will you come up next? I enjoy each one of your choronicles.

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