I’m due to pick up my three New Chook Girls this week, so the new system got some last-minute tweaks at the weekend.
Food containers installed. They look so clean. That won’t last :
Water (I may have to shift this to a less sunny spot so the water doesn’t get too hot) :
Shell grit :
Pop door between the secure run and the playground (no, its not crooked; it’s the angle—I was down on my knees taking this). The chooks gain access to the larger run through here. It will be closed off at night by a drop-down wire frame after they’ve gone to bed :
The two runs (the old & the new) have been connected by a corridor of wire panels with wire over the top :
I’ll keep the newbies apart from the oldies until they’ve settled in. Eventually they’ll all have access to the whole system in the daytime, but I want them to learn to go back to their own run and coop at night and not try and roost with Molly & Cheeky in their coop. Just hoping to avoid too much bloodshed.
I’m going to put a few new wicking boxes along the outside of the wire corridor. At the moment I don’t have any spare compost to fill them :
The view from the back deck. The old run :
And the new run in the distance :
I think I’ll call it Chook City.