Monday, March 22, 2010

Busy Weekend, Another Chick Video

The weekend was so beautiful! No clouds, 7o degrees! A really yummy weekend! AND the perfect weekend to start the- - - -
Chicken Coop!

Dave and I had date-night on Saturday night, very exciting it was too, we went to Home Depot! AND he let me push the cart! We spent Saturday afternoon figuring out exactly how to transform the playhouse into the combination Taj Mahal/Fort Knox of chicken dwelling. We spent some time browsing a bunch of great chicken coop sights - Back Yard Chickens has a gazillion coops to look at, and ordered plans from The Garden Coop - this was the coop we thought we would go with, until it occurred to us that we have this great structure already in the backyard.

So we sat and figured it out, with lots of help from the Garden Coop plans, made a list and went to Home Depot. The present plan is to take the playhouse, and add fencing around the bottom, extending 4 feet out in front and to the side (under the tree) of the coop. This will be a bit over 100 sq. feet of chicken run, about half of which will be covered (under the coop, and we will put a fiberglass roof over the part that goes under the tree). The existing ladder/steps will end at a door which is where the humans will go shovel the chicken crap and other inside the coop stuff, the chickens will have a ramp under the coop so they will come up through a hole in the floor. We are planning 4 nestboxes inside the coop, with two doors outside to access the nest boxes for egg retrieval (assuming the chickens actually use the nest boxes!) The open areas on top will be filled in, with windows on either side for air. There is a gap right at the ceiling which will stay open (but covered with hardware cloth) for ventilation.

Step one - replace the roof shingles
We got the roof stripped, the yard cleaned, and fresh tar paper up on Sunday - good thing since it started raining on Sunday night and is not due to stop until Tuesday. Next weekend will hopefully be decent enought to get the outer roof material on. We would have had to do this anyway if we kept the structure as a play house, the roofing material had pretty much crumbled away from the south facing side of the roof.
Also, I cooked alot this weekend, got caught up on bread, granola (Sheherd Susies Terribly Inconvenient Granola - the best - but I use sunflower seeds instead of sesame seeds) and I found this recipe for candied ginger - which I love - from David Lebovitz's blog
(OMG yummy beautiful food) and tried it. It came out great and was pretty easy! I saved the syrup and put a spoonful of it in a glass with seltzer - it was OK, but when I added the juice from half of a lemon - YUM! Very refreshing! I didn't think to save the water from the initial boiling of the ginger, next time I will because it should be great in iced tea (or hot!)

Candied Ginger

(not as nice as David Lebovitz's photo)

Speaking of Shepherd Susie and the Juniper Moon Fiber Farm, she has had 2 of her nannies give birth to twins - the goatlings are named for Muppets so the first set of twins, a boy and a girl are Gonzo and Camilla. They had their first day outside of the nursery pen and the video is so fun - if you have never seen a baby goat, go look at this video, they BOUNCE just like Tigger! Twin boy goatlings, Statler and Waldorf came into the world this weekend. There are great photos on the farm blog, and a live "lambCam" focused on the nursery.


"But," you ask, "What about the chicks?" Well here is a video! Watch Mavis NOT escape!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting these videos, Lisa - it keeps me from having to get my own chicks. I've done that nearly half a dozen times in the past three years, and though it's fun and they are incredibly cute, I've had to turn my energies elsewhere. But I love to watch your babies!! PEEP PEEP PEEP!!!