Here is the new exterior door which leads into a small "hallway" and the coop is on the left as you go through this door. Ruth helped me install this by marking hinge holes and shimming the bottom using a crow bar. Go Ruth! What appears to be a window in the upper right corner actually is a window on the far side of the barn, 60 feet away. There is a new wall there now.
The pile of dirt and debris on which I am sitting, will be carted away and a nice pea gravel sitting area will take its place. Don't you just love that old can in the foreground? Somebody was throwing it out.
Last summer I planted some zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and pumpkins. Everything actually did OK. We had lots of tomatoes, both red and also green ones for frying in olive oil. The pumpkins did very well. I think I harvested almost thirty nice sized pumpkins and even froze some for baking. This year I am trying green beans, lettuce, carrots as well as the same stuff from last year. The exception is that I am growing some Cinderella Pumpkins. These are amazing looking! if they grow, I may have a little stand and sell them. I want carrots, so the little kids who come to the farm can go out to the garden and pull some up! (Hopefully not all!)
The Great Escape
Friday afternoon the weather was perfect for taking some chicks out for a little romp in the grass. That was the plan anyway. The white crested one in my hand looked around for a minute and then took off at a full sprint for the woods next to our yard. Ruth was trying to snap some pictures, and then grabbed the two that hadn't run off yet. I came out of the barn and went off to the woods in search for the little Steve McQueenette! She played dodge around a tree and then ran into a thicket. Just then, Bishop the Barn Cat showed up and I was sure she would be able to capture the runaway, so I reached through the blackberry thorns and nabbed her.
No more playing in the grass!
I found a roll of chicken wire and was able to make a little playground but they spent their thirty minutes of freedom huddled together and looking worried.
I ordered a poultry electric mesh which will be installed so the chickens can romp around without fear of dogs, coyotes, etc. I still have to figure out what I will do for the hawks.