Now, I realize it's big leap (but not at the same time) to go from "getting green" to raising backyard chickens. I figure there has to be some of you out there that might be at least interested in this as well. Plus, in case it's not painfully obvious, I'm really excited about this venture! I love anything that has a relatively small start up cost, can provide my family with REAL, unaltered food, and possibly make us some money on the side as well.
Without further ado, here is our progress on the chicken coop so far. It may not look like much and is definitely not pretty, but I think it will be a good starting point. We're planning on letting our future hens roam around the backyard during the day, so they will only be in here at night and whenever they need to lay eggs anyways.
Our only expenses so far have been for hinges and hardware cloth (the wire netting on the bottom of the cage). All of the wood being used is scrap from our "well loved", weathered bench (which also happened to be free from a previous neighbor) and palettes John was able to get from work for free. So far our grand total is $15 and some change. Not bad, huh? Now we just need to get some damn chickens!
He's making me nervous in that picture on the left. Is he making anyone else nervous?!
Middle & Right: Still needs some side walls, but the tall part is the back. That will be where the roosting bar is located. (aka The Chicken Bed) The shorter, front part with the openings will be where the nesting boxes jut out. (aka The Egg Laying Rooms)