Here is the build...
Jerill did most of the work. He is a molecular biologist but I think he may have been a great structural engineer too!
This is inside the habitat, where the ramp goes up into the coop/nesting box
The nesting boxes inside the coop
I brought home four adult hens first, from Diane's farm. Diane is growing her flock with other varieties of fowl and she was ready to part with four of her lovely ladies. The other three hens came from my neighbor's house. He had gotten three chicks for free at the Issaquah Grange and didn't real need more chickens, so he was willing to part with them.
As we finalized the habitat, Diane's four girls waited patiently in their carrier.
Lucky has assumed the role of livestock guardian dog
And, they're in!
I intend to provide the hens with different fruits, veggies and berries. Here, they're feating on blueberries and lettuce!
Myrtle - she is a Russian Orloff
Mergatroid - she is also a Russian Orloff
Fannie - she is a Sicilian Buttercup
Flo - she is also a Sicilian Buttercup
Holly - I'm not sure what breed she is, but likely is a Plymouth Rock
Here are Kendra and Bridgit - they are Rhode Island Reds
Flo and Myrtle are definitely the head chickens of the flock. Flo has put the three Girls Next Door in their places already, demonstrating what "pecking order" really means. The three young hens will probably start laying eggs in about a month - they're still pretty young. From the four older ladies, in 24 hours, they've given me 2 eggs already!
During the day, we intend to let the hens free-range in our 3000 square foot fenced-in garden. They should find plenty of bugs and slugs to feast on (I hope!). I'll use Scott at night, if needed, to wrangle them up and put them away.