What could be more cosy for the chook that decided to come live with us. It is not quite the coop that I wanted but it will do. I had searched far and wide on the internet for the right coop for my tiny brood of backyard chooks (which of course totals one chook at the moment).
I really wanted this coop that I found on the Appleton’s website. You only have to read their website to realise how superior their coops are compared to the type that we ended up buying but Appletons are in Nelson and I live a long way from there. They do flat pack their coops for freighting but the cost was already quite high without the freight (you pay for quality) and being impetuous, I didn’t really want to wait. So we ended up going to our local RD1 store on Saturday morning and found this one in stock (flat packed of course).
A quick phone call to my brother and I had someone to put the coop together for me the next day. (Husband Haitch was sick so couldn’t do it.) I was a little worried as I have had problems in the past with imported kit set products where screws and other such bits were missing and almost impossible instructions supplied but although the instructions were not the best, all the bits were there and we did find a place for each one of them. And the coop ended up looking like the picture on the box and all the doors and things fitted well and opened and shut where they should so he did a brilliant job!
And as you can see, Hannah Hen is very happily pecking away inside the coop at her pellets and little pile of kitchen scraps and wanders in and out at her leisure. We have decided not to shut her in at night at the moment as we want to leave the coop available for the rest of the brood while they get used to living at our house and thought it easier that she stays sleeping in our garden for now. That way we can keep her and the new ones separated for a while and hopefully get used to each other.