Chickens and their coop

I’ve been meaning to tell you about our new adventure as chicken owners for a long time now. Well, I’m finally getting around to it! We started with three and now we have five (three would have been enough). They were so adorable when we brought them home on the first day of Spring.

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They were in a box in the bathroom until Matt built them a larger box for the garage. I was happy to get their little cheeping selves out of the house.

A couple of weeks later, my crafty husband began design and construction on a legit chicken coop for the backyard. He designed it in CAD (which he also teaches) and started building.

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It took about a month to finish, because, well he is a perfectionist, and also because he only worked on it on Saturdays. Although, he did occasionally have my help and help from a friend.

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In the meantime, me and the rest of our funny farm hung out in the sunny backyard. The dogs don’t even notice the chicks anymore (unless it’s to roll in their poop). At first, we were worried Pancho might try to snack on one. However, he surprised us by being so sweet to them.

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Finally the time came for the chickens’ move in day! The coop was complete–except shingles and paint (still to come).

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This door is on the backside and is for collecting eggs.

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There is a trap door in the floor so they can go under the coop and get outside in bad weather.

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Matt and Loca herding the chicks…I’m kind of scared to grab them now! I feel like they could peck my eyes out or something. Don’t judge me.

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First meal in the new place.

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Happiest chicks in Bozeman.

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It won’t be until August that we start getting eggs. I can’t wait!

PS: Suggestions are welcome for what color we should paint the coop!

XO, Tobi