Today was an exciting, tiring day. The coop arrived from ebay last night at 6:00 pm, which was great, but dashed all hopes of putting together the coop that day. This morning bright and early my husband, daughter and I assembled the coop and run. Let’s just say the instructions left a lot to be desired and the youtube video link provided wasn’t for the same style coop. It took longer than we had expected, but these things usually do!
Later in the day my ever-supportive parents came over to help with final touches and coop installation. It’s a family affair! We’re all excited about our new brood. During my coop safety research, countless forums and blogs touched on the importance of adding a hardware cloth floor to the bottom of the coop. This helps protect the chickens if a predator that likes to dig (ie: coyotes and raccoons) is able to dig under the coop and access the birds.
We purposefully left extra netting on all sides of the floor. This adds an extra barrier of digging protection to deter the persistent predator. So many times chicken owners have stated that they thought their coop was “safe enough” only to end up losing some or all of their chickens. It’s amazing what hungry wild animals can do. Better safe than sorry!
Next we added some recycled bricks on top of the hardware cloth 2 high and 3 deep to minimize access to the underside of the coop. Next we swept in dirt between the bricks. Plus it turned out so pretty! We added dirt to the floor of the coop so the silkies would still have dirt to walk on and scratch in (way more than what’s pictured here!)
The main door was a different situation with the brick. Because the door needed to be able to swing open and for extra security, we buried some bricks under the doorway under the hardware cloth and covered it with dirt.
Our sweet silkies arrive tomorrow! I think we’re ready…it’ll be a great experience! From an unused space home to a hedge to an open area big enough to raise chickens and provide my family with fresh eggs… it feels good! I found the biggest hornworm on my tomato today and wished I could have saved it for a silkie. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.