May 26, 2012

Hacking the roosting bar

Admittedly, I was pretty out of touch with the roosting bar when the coop was first constructed. But I noticed the chickens fighting over space on a two-by-four used to hold up the nesting box. A google search later, it all made sense.

When the neighbor threw out a vintage wooden ladder this week, I grabbed it and cut it in half. The DIY, reuse roosting bar was born.

May 15, 2012

The little things

The first couple of weeks has felt a lot like product management of software. I'm in constant iteration on everything from the coop to the feeding and it's a ton of fun. I've done a lot of things wrong, but like software, it's easy to fix and try new things.

My favorite example is the latch on the inside of the coop. I never would have thought about that ahead of time, but when I need to get something done inside the coop and don't want to chase the chickens back in when I'm done, I simply lock everyone in!

May 2, 2012

Flying chickens

On Monday, when me and Charlie went to get an egg, Yellow (the brownish chicken) got out. She doesn't like me very much and  when i went to grab her, she flew up onto the fence. When I went to grab her there, she flew onto the neighbors playground and by the time i got around the fence she had flown into the tree.

We got the neighbors who helped us, and we tried a latter which just made him go higher. We used a long pole with a tennis racket ducked taped to the end of it and after an hour were able to push the chicken over into our tree. From there it fell into the back of Charlie's mini-pickup truck. Yellow appears to be ok, but we are going to clip their wings.