The chicken yard has been divided in half and a new coop built for the blue Isbars and a couple of blue egg laying Ameraucanas. They can’t stay on the layer side because eventually it will house the blue egg laying Cream Legbars that I will be breeding. When Michael finished building the coop it resembled a jail to me.
So, I am all about working with what you have, so I got out the power tools and turned it into a jail!
My chicken jail is very basic. It has a vinyl floor and ladder roost.
It has a four hole nest box made from a set of overhead cabinets.
It has storage for fifty pounds of feed and scratch to make my life easier.
It has an automatic opening and closing popdoor.
It has a spacious, enclosed yard, which since this picture was taken has been covered with netting to deter raptor attacks.
You can’t have a wild west jail without a saloon so I converted the layer coop.
Each coop has it’s own yard, automatic waterer, feeder, nest boxes, automatic door opener, and small coop for broodies ar grow-outs.
The roof was secured before the netting went on. He looks pretty comfortable with the load bearing capabilities of his building.
Then an annoying branch on the fig tree had to come off so the netting could go up. It has to fit snugly or the visiting Icelandic babies climb the tree and go out the openings around the tree branches. Now there is only one trunk and the netting is secure around it. Ha! Babies!
Finally the new black netting was secured over both yards. It is still a work in progress as I have about a thousand more zip ties to put on. But the chickens are safe from the hawks.
The big chickens occupy the top roost.
The juvenile Isbars (1 cockerel and 8 pullets) occupy the baby roost.
Now if someone would just lay an egg!