Starting the Foundation
Working on building the Henhouse!! I actually don't eat eggs. I've never liked them. I'm also a vegan. But, I know enough people who eat eggs and I would love to give them fresh, cruelty-free eggs so they don't have to buy the factory farmed ones. I get the pleasure of tending to chickens and learning how to keep them. Nothing against roosters: I think they're beautiful! I just don't think I'm ready to hear one this close day and night. It's a bit tricky out here in the desert because the coyote are crafty and ever alert. So, although not as "free range" as I would like, they will certainly not be cooped up and will have as much space as I can safely give them outside their henhouse.
I started to build my henhouse last weekend and am continuing this weekend. A cinder block foundation with bolts concreted in every few cinder blocks to go through the kick plates of each wall. Tomorrow I begin the walls. I am handy, but I've certainly never built anything this big. It's a 10' X 6' henhouse. I have tons of ideas in my head how I'm going to decorate it inside... roosts they can hop up on, nesting boxes I can hopefully make out of things I scavenge up in the desert, their little ramp, etc... I orginally wanted to do a strawbale coop, but the cost of straw has gone up so much, it's cost prohibitive. So, I'll insulate nicely and put plenty of ventilation. I don't have any building plans, so hope what's in my head actually transpires!
Any good suggestions for hen names?? I've got Gertie, Matilda, and Hattie for starters. Ha!