This week Mike and I passionately worked to complete our chicken complex. The idea originally came to us when we first moved in, that summer was particularly hard for our last lot of chickens due to the sun exposure of the last pen.
We tore down the old space and placed our 16 chickens into a temporary shade sheltered pen for the past 5 months. In the mean time Mike, Ashley and I have worked together to meticulously measure, concrete and assemble a sustainably recycled shed and pen for our little chooks.
It’s just in time as these birds will begin laying soon.
When we first got them they were teeny tiny chicks. Wesley harassed them quite a bit with love during their time in the back porch and I was more than happy to take the chicken poop smell outside and while I can’t speak on behalf of the chicks I feel they might have been relieved to be away from prying fingers too.
This pen has ample room and a large shed for the birds to roost and lay their eggs in each day.
We’d love for them to be free range, but learned the hard way a few years back that fox and wild cats are always looking for an opportunity to get to birds left out in the open. There is already evidence that they have tried digging and also pulling on the chicken wire.
The concept for fox proofing the space involves laying the chicken mesh in two layers about half a foot below the sand and two feet away from the structure.
Quite a bit of sweat went into this project and I think it’s one of the biggest projects we’ve undertook as a couple together. I call it a sustainable effort because we salvaged the mesh doors and built the hut entirely from other peoples left over metal. Pretty awesome way to recycle and save some $ too.
For now there are three roosters testing out how fox proof the space is. Tonight is our third night and I really believe they will be safe.
The other night I heard some terrible screeching outside by a fox and took a headlamp to investigate. I found it climbing up a fig tree! The sound is similar to cats fighting.
Speaking of figs, we are now collecting fresh ripened figs in the quantities of about 20 a day. It might be time to make some jam.
- 1 tiny chunky jumping spider
- 1 large crevas dwelling jumping spider (the spider with the white line)
- A three inch long little lizard
- Beyond the bamboo and gumtree there was this wonderful creamy sunset.