Monday, May 12, 2008

Mothers Day Project!

First news to share is that for Mothers Day -- I got a new digital camera! So as a result I carried it around all day Sunday when the boys and John started constructing my new chicken coop. The chicken high rise has evolved into a whole new structure and is functional and works just fine. But in our travels, John and I saw a chicken coop that some folks put together that looks stylish, functional, and more like what we want. So the first ingredient is a satelite dish. No, not like dish TV, think Wineguard, like the 12 foot model that requires a motor to aim. Right, now flip it over so it's the dome. Use your imagination, it's going to be the roof of the new coop -- the goal being that it is more like an aviary you might see in a zoo. We were able to find eight foot T-Posts. John wanted to drill holes in the top of the T-Posts so that we could attach the top of the posts to the dome, but there where already holes at the bottoms. So the boys knocked the flanges off the posts and they put them in the ground upside down. This also means that the white painted tip of the posts is buried. Andy put every pole in the ground, since he is the one with the strength and talent to get them in quickly, and straight. As Andy pounded them all in, Tim and I tried to get them fairly level. The area we were installing this structure was not really level, so we knew we would have to do some trenching to get the wire in place. While we were working, Vivie was pretty interested in the proceedings. I'm sure she was wondering what in the world was going on, but she liked having us all outside. She especially liked Tim feeding her her favorite Poplar tree leaves. They will eat them as long as you keep on feeding them. Tim seemed to be facinated at the way she could pack them away.

Towards the end of the day, the new chicken coop really started to take shape. After Tim packed up and headed for home, Andy and John went out and put up the wire. After that, we'll need a door, some nesting boxes with ramp and the food and water. Then the birds can move right in. Once they've vacated the chicken high rise, the chicken high rise will be lowered back to its original configuration and become the new home of the 10 Rhode Island Reds we've acquired. They are outgrowing their bin in the family room and need to move outside, especially with the weather warming up.