Monday, May 12, 2008

All We Need Are the Chickens

We finished up the hen house and chicken run. We divided the run into 2 paddocks so one can recover while the chickens churn up the other. We made nest boxes accessible from outside for egg gathering and there is a hinged board on the outside too that drops down so the boxes can be cleaned from the outside as well. The pop out door can also be opened from the outside by pulling a rope that runs through a pulley. Can you tell i want to spend as little time as possible in the hen house?
Does anyone know how old they should be when you clip their wings to keep them from flying over the fence?


ThomasK said...

Hi Duane, we still haven't clipped our own urban chickens' wings even though they're just about 13 months old now. We've got a 4 foot tall wire fence around the perimeter of our yard and the girls have yet to try to fly over it. Maybe it's because they're Plymouth Barred Rocks. Maybe it's because they've got a lot of room to run. While I've waited a long time, you should be able to clip the wings at six months and then after each moulting. Can't wait to see your chickens in their new coop/run!

Robbyn said...

It looks great! Can't wait to see the chickens :)