A couple weeks ago, our Easter Egger caught us off-guard by starting to lay at 19 weeks old, followed shortly by the Rhode Island Red. How did they know what to do? We didn't even have our nesting boxes ready! We clearly had to get the boxes built ASAP, and we took the opportunity to rearrange the shed coop and get the positive energy flowing more smoothly.
|This is what the coop looks like from the outside, after rearranging. We don't have a picture from before we reorganized it because it's probably bad karma to publish such things.|
|On the innermost corner, we built a platform, supported between two studs and on some pruned buckthorn trunks.|
|Then we built a nest box or three to go on the platform out of old fence wood...|
|...set it on the platform, and filled it with some of the straw-like tall grass from the yard. This setup must be ok, the first egg was laid in it 20 minutes after the chickens first saw it.|
|Good job, ladies. Mission accomplished.|
How do you make the best use of your coop space? Let us know in the comments section below!