Will the Chicken House Be Built on Time?

March 10, 2010

Building an escape ladder into the chicken coop

Chicken House Under Construction

If our current project were a film, it would probably be called, “Laurel and Hardy Build a Chicken House. Nevertheless, much of the frame is now up. The baby chicks arrive at the end of April.

10 Responses to “Will the Chicken House Be Built on Time?”

  1. Pete Says:

    Wow! You are not messing around! Do they have an outside area, where they can play on swings and ride bikes and such? And when you get in trouble you won’t be in the dog house, you’ll be in the chicken house.

  2. modestypress Says:

    Of course we are messing around. We spent yesterday arguing about nails vs. screws for the window sills. Tomorrow, the Friendly Neighbor will come over and help us with shims.

    I visited my doctor today and admired the pictures of his chickens and his dog on his office wall.

  3. Pete Says:

    So what kind of chickens are you going to get? If you get the americana they lay BLUE eggs! And don’t get banties. THey are little and cute, but eggs are pretty much useless and they can be mean. Also do you want a rooster? I recommend no, but it’s your call. Contrary to ignorant though common belief, roosters are not necessary for chickens to lay eggs, only to fertilize said eggs. And I will admit, chicken sex can be entertaining, though sometimes appear cruel. Rabbit sex is very entertaining! Anyhow back to the point… There is a good chance you will get at least one rooster, even if you don’t want one, so if you DON’T want a rooster, you might buy one more chick than you think you need, as you might be trying to find a home for said rooster. In the words of someone everybody loves… “Your mileage may vary!”

  4. modestypress Says:


    We are going to get Dominique chickens, mainly because they are very affectionate and are reasonably good egg producers. The Friendly Neighbors have several different breeds of chickens, including Dominiques, and their examples of this breed live up to the affectionate label. My wife and I both like cats, but we both have some allergies. We are hoping with a little genetic modification, we can produce chickens that combine egg production with fur, the ability to purr, and will be house trained. Mix in a few dog genes and then they can take out rabbits and drive off the coyotes, raccoons, and chicken hawks.

    In about a thousand years of breeding or so.

    Also, we have no plans for roosters. If roosters have plans for us, they should have a chat with the rabbits.

  5. I can’t wait to see chicken pictures. Also, to hear RG’s adventures with the chickens.

    • modestypress Says:

      The chickens are preparing to be hatched. I have sent an invitation to the mommies and her little highness to visit us shortly after their arrival. We spent part of today banging nails, sometimes accurately, sometimes with clumsy ferocity.

  6. Pete Says:

    In the last week we have gone from 4 eggs a day to 7. There is still one chicken holding out on us… But we always got 2-4 a day all winter, which is very unusual. If you put a light in their house they will continue to lay in the winter. Normally they will stop when the days get short (An issue of light, not heat) We sell the extra eggs for $2 a dozen.

    • modestypress Says:

      Pete, we will have a light in the chicken house. We will be regular chicken slave drivers. Our neighbors charge $3.50 a dozen, so your neighbors are getting away with a steal.

      Also, my wife and I practically live on eggs as it is, now. Eggs and carrots that made it through the winter. Well, I’m still alive at 66, so it must be a healthful diet.

  7. Wow, that really is an impressively Random project. The vagaries of its construction notwithstanding, it’s shaping up to be quite the deluxe hen residence. I have a friend who keeps chickens here in Portland, and he and his wife refer to their henhouse as “the nunnery.” Yours is too fancy to be a nunnery. It’s more like a harem.

  8. modestypress Says:

    We do not plan to purchase a rooster for our harem scarum hennery. I do not know whether the hens will regard this as a boon or a blight.

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