|The coop taken from outside the door- see, it's pretty small.|
|The new chicks in my temporary brooder/isolation pen.|
But everyone made it through the night. 10 cornish cross broilers, 6 barred rocks, and 6 ameracaunas/easter eggers (not sure which, but they were sold as ameracuanas). Grand total chickens- 29. One less than the limit imposed on me by the township.
And I've finally realized that my coop is going to be too small. I "knew" it before, but I was in denial because I couldn't come up with a solution. But as I was cleaning up the yard last week I realized that, now that the HUGE pile of brush from the HUGE fallen oak is gone, there is room for a small chicken yard next to the shed, and there just happens to be a small door on that side of the shed. So now, in addition to the 5,000 other projects I have to accomplish in the next six weeks, I am going to build not one but two chicken yards and build a predator proof enclosure in the shed (I don't want to use the whole shed, and I know that the shed itself isn't predator proof because there is a ton of evidence of animals coming and going as they please). I'll keep the meat birds in there and the layers in the existing coop.
|My Garden- not quite ready, but all the ground it turned so you can see the general size.|
Of course, there seems to be no hurry to get things planted. We just had another inch of snow the other day:( Thankfully, the only thing planted in my garden, eight strawberry plants, were covered and seem to have fared well.