So let’s step inside the coop.
To one side of the room is the nest boxes, and the waters (sitting on heated bases right now). Also a black feed pan on the floor (in the lower right corner of the photo.)
Once in a while that pan gets flipped over. Imagine how loud I screamed and how high I jumped one time when I went to flip it upright and a rooster went running out from under it.
We were given this nice trough feeder on a stand
but they seem to prefer to eat out of the pan feeder on the floor. I suppose it’s more natural, more like pecking the ground for food.
On the other side of the room is the roosting area
That tarp is supposed to be covering the ceiling, not hanging down in the middle of the roost. We tarped the ceiling last year, when we rounded them all up and shut them in for a few days to remind them where to lay eggs. But some little smarty-pants chickens had been getting on top of the tarp and laying eggs up there.
This fall when I went to clean out the coop Matt pulled that tarp down and can you guess what happened? Rotten eggs rained down on us and holy cow the smell! So now it’s awaiting Matt to put it back up. In the meantime the chickens just roost around and under it.
Some of the chickens prefer to roost in the rafters of the crib.
How many chickens do you count in this picture?
As the weather gets colder some are forced to roost inside the coop, but there are always a few holdouts and I can’t believe I’ve never found a frozen chickenball out there.
And then there are what I’ve taken to calling the separatists, who insist on roosting in the cattle shed with the pigs. (Yeah, we’re multi-purpose around here.)
Tomorrow, Part 3! Which will probably just be some random gratuitous chicken pictures. Because we can never get enough chicken pictures, right?