Her night roost of choice is the top rail on the stairs out our back door. Rain or snow, there she sits. So last week I decided to get the coop in order for winter. Basically the girls had a roost, and a nest box. (We only have two girls.) Our neighbor had replaced the flooring on her front porch and I scored some of the old boards that were taken off. I broke out my circular saw and hammer and with no real idea what I was doing, I started construction.
Goldie was beyond interested and checked in often to see what was going on. After much cutting and hammering I had built a ladder up to a platform for a nest box (yes that is a plastic tote on it’s side) and a couple of roosting areas. Old pillow cases were used to make the walls a little nicer and of course I had to hang a sign to decorate. I placed Goldie up in the nest box, walked out, shut the door and left her to investigate.
Now I will admit, it wasn’t the fanciest of things, it didn’t cost any money though, but it was worth all the work. You see, Goldie had also stopped laying for about a week. Not only did she start laying again (the curtain on the box may or may not have played a part, I have no scientific proof) but for the first time ever, she put herself to bed that night. And the next night. And every night since!!!
So what have I learned from my redneck coop makeover? Even chicken girls like a little something special every now and again. And while they will never get a chandelier or a fire place, I think a little more decorating now and then can be arranged. Great, now I am decorating for chickens….