Lookie here what arrived at Suzie's house! It's a brand spankin' new chicken coop, which Marcia has named, "Cluckingham Palace."
Reinforcements were immediately called for. Only one brave soul answered the call, trusty ol' Tom. The first step was to HERD the chickens from the barn into their new home. Ever tried to herd chickens? I will give you a moment to stop laughing.
Here is our sophisticated system.
Chickens CAN fly, and they did, but for the most part, we were successful. A couple of hours of refugee hunting later, and we had done it.
Guess what? They love, love, love their new home!
The blister showed up after all the work was done to check out the cluckers' new digs.
A very nice feature that needed a little modification is the nesting boxes that are accessible from outside the coop. It didn't take the dogs long to figure out how to open it and steal the eggs. Fear not, a little redneck engineering involving a bungee cord fixed that problem right up.
We are all adjusting to the transition and so thankful for the coop upgrade. They stay warm and toasty when needed, can head outside as they wish, and the coop is on skids, so it can be toted around the yard to keep them in fresh "pasture." The dogs keep a watchful (perhaps hungry) eye on them at all times.
Life just couldn't get and better, then flash forward to the storm of last week...beloved new coop was tossed into the power pole. Fear not, everyone is fine, but they were a little shaken up emotionally and physically. We are all thankful for just a small amount of damage to the roof.
Ready for the best part? This is the view from my kitchen sink. For me, that's a pretty important vista.
We got a new infusion of birds a few months ago, which means the wonder of tiny pullet eggs and new roosters finding their voices at 5:30 in the morning. Oh, the joys of farm life. ;)
Piece out, and Merry Christmas from the Funny Farm!
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