After much deliberation and discussion, we have finally decided to name our home “The Coop”. This came shortly on the heels of building an actual chicken coop behind our co-op. At 11 o’clock on Sunday morning, Candice and her husband Patrick arrived at our house with a car full of wood, power tools, hammers and nails. Patrick, a physicist, designed the coop and led our efforts at carpentry. A few short minutes of sawing, drilling and lots of hammering later, all of our neighbors were awake but too polite to come outside and say anything. Here’s a video of Emily hammering the coop!
Several (six) hours later, we had a fully built, mobile, chicken coop! The raised, covered part is their roost and where we will feed them, clean up, and hopefully collect eggs. The frame (which is covered in plastic chicken “wire”) is their range and will change about every other week so that they always have forage. There is a small door for the chickens between the roost and the outside part, as well as a ramp, although they may just decide to fly inside.