So in the process of building chicken coop number two, I actually ended up building chicken coop number three, affectionately known as the "Dog House Coop." Coop number two remains unfinished as yet.
|The "Dog House Coop"|
|Weather-proofed with vinyl banners & rubber roofing|
This one was built out of wood pallets and every scrap of plywood — any wood — that I could find! Why? Well, I wanted to create a nursery for our broody hen Gandie (flock #1). She's been broody for nearly a month, but her/our suburban flock is rooster-less, so I left an egg under her a week ago to keep her happy.
In the meantime, I have been collecting [assumed] fertile eggs from our more rural flock #2 (6 hens, 4 roosters) and with the Dog House Coop complete, it was time to move Gandie to her very own nursery, and give her a go at incubating and hatching some fertile eggs, and maybe raising the chicks. This is our first attempt at hatching chicks!
|The nursery is ready ... filled with pine shavings.|
|Eight, we-hope-fertile, eggs collected last week (you can see the date written on them!) |
ready for incubation
|Gandie settled right in on top of all nine eggs (eight plus the one she had already been sitting on)|
The countdown is on ... August 26-27 should be hatch day!