Saturday, May 28, 2011


Stupid rooster never tries to crow when I'm ready with the camera, but I finally got him.  He sounds much clearer now than when he first started trying.  Then it just sounded like he was strangling.  The first part of the video is just to show what he looks like now, its almost too dark to see him in the bit where he actually crows.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Field Trip

We took a break from building on Sunday (well, I took a break, Sean kept working) to take the chicks out into Sophie's dog yard.  They are too big to fit through the bottom part of the fence now so its easier to watch them. 

Sunflower Seed and Rainbow.  Rainbow always has to run over and stick her nose in if it looks like someone else has found something interesting.  

Chickadee and Rainbow having a little spat.

Here is the whole flock.

Coop Building - Day 4

Today we got the roof panels on,

got the other two walls up,

got tar paper and most of the house wrap on.  I forgot to take a picture before we came in for the night, so this last one is through the window of our sunroom.  I was too tired to bother making sure the camera focused on the coop rather than the apple trees.

Coop Building - Day 3

Sean installing the nest boxes.  I didn't even know Caitlin had taken this picture until I cleaned off the memory card.

This was on Saturday, May 7.  Most of the day was spent shopping for supplies.  I'd rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick than drag the kids through Lowes or Home Depot ever again.

Here is what the nest box looks like.  Still need to make a lid for it. No, they don't each get their own room.

Caitlin doing some decorating.

Okay, the palm nailer is pretty cool.

And the framing nailer is one of the best things ever.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Coop Building - Day 2

Sean built the nest boxes last night, pictures to come this weekend after they are installed.  We have to go shopping tomorrow for the stuff to build the walls and roof.  I wanted to go for a hike for Mother's Day, but I'd rather get the coop done ASAP, so that's what we'll be doing the whole weekend.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Coop Building - Day 1

Yesterday was the start of coop building.  The chicks are growing so fast, and can now fly/jump over the top of their brooder enclosure.  Gotta raise that fence if I want to contain them until we can finish the coop.  Anyway, our friend Mike has a lot of framing experience and came over to help.  Its amazing how the right tools and someone who knows what they're doing can make a job so much easier.

Floor is done

3 walls are up.  The nailer is in the front door.

Here is the back wall and half the roof.  That rectangle in the wall is where the nesting boxes will go.

Done for the day.  That's one of our geese laying in the corner, checking out the new addition.  The other goose is there too, just out of the frame.