Nest boxes went in, 4 is probably overkill for 8-9 hens, but while you are building...
The doors on the back of the coop to access the nest boxes, each door will allow you to stick your hand in two of the boxes - see why we did 4? Nice and symmetrical!
Got a 4th bed put together and dirt delivered for both the bed and under the chicken coop.
Got the winter rye turned under - I have been letting the big chickens hang out in the beds, they do a great job scratching and digging in the turned up dirt. As it turns out, winter rye inhibits seed germination which makes it a great living mulch to use in preparing a new bed, but maybe not the best for a working bed? Anyway, since our frost date is technically May 15 I am early enough turning it all under that it should be nice and composted enough by planting time.
Gratuitous Chick Photos