They turned 8 weeks old this past Monday and were ready to move outside. By "ready," I mean they were outgrowing their cardboard box,
not needing the heat lamp anymore,
and getting too stinky.
Music Man graciously laid some laminate flooring in the coop to protect it from moisture (aka. droppings, aka. fill-in-the-blank). Thanks to Mari for passing along her extra flooring to us!
It's everything you could want in a coop; it's sturdy, roomy, and pretty. It's based on this coop design and seemed like the right solution for us, in that it's mobile. That way, the chickens can have access to fresh pasture (the backyard) each day while still being safe from predators (our dog).
They forage around on the lower level, then climb up the ramp to roost in the upper area at night.
And aren't they just the prettiest hens?
Here they are poking around in the garden.
And our house is currently empty of birds.