"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark."

~ Saying of the Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Chicken Palace

Hubby added new roosts to our Chicken Coop Palace this past weekend.
There was one in there from this coop's previous life, but it was old and decrepit!

We have some nut trees that need a good pruning, so hubby went to work pruning - for the roosts!

And you know, his girls don't just get a stick.
The get two nice, large roosts.

And a third stick acting a a ladder from the ground up to the other two roosts.

The gals aren't quite old enough to fly themselves up on the roosts yet, but they can walk up to them. And they do seem to enjoy them!

I must say, I never thought watching chickens would be, well, so interesting!

My help transforming the coop to palace that day was pampering the nesting boxes - which won't even be utilized for 10-15ish more weeks! - with some nice, fresh straw.

Next on the palace to-do list -- a ladder to the nesting boxes. 
And don't you think hubby won't go all gang busters building that for them too!


Rae said...

Just a tip, drawn from our chicken experience... Might not want to give them nest box access until they're close to laying age. Otherwise, they may learn to sleep (and thus poop everywhere) in the boxes. That's what our ladies did, in any case. Poopy eggs are no fun.

Your chickens sure are cute! :)

Liz said...

We are building a chicken coop at the moment but I suspect it wont look anywhere near as snazzy as yours. Really impressive - hope the birds appreciate it.

Unknown said...

Rae - Good tip :) Thanks for sharing! Would you suggest just blocking it off with a tarp or something of the sorts?

Mary said...

Wow! That really is a chicken palace!! How many hens will you have?

Unknown said...

Mary - right now we have 6 hens. I am sure we'll eventually add more, but for now being our first go at this, I think 6 is good :)

Rae said...

I'd think a tarp or a board would work just fine until they get a bit closer to laying age.

Chickens sure are fun, and I expect that you'll eventually end up with far more than 6. :) They're quite addicting. Lol.

Jody said...

That's a great looking coop. Your birds are living like royalty!

katiegirl said...

Looks good! I'm sure the chickies love it!

Vanessa said...

I love that you used branches from your orchard and the rustic look they give to the coop.

Bee Girl said...

Oh! It looks so good! Congrats on all the work you've gotten done :-)