It’s well-known that our chickens (aka The Tinys) are spoiled rotten. Ask them if they care. HA! But we really did not build the new front deck for them. It’s for us. Something, finally, for us. As it turns out, the new deck is a great asset for the Tinys too. The yard immediately surrounding the coop is full of trees. In the summer, that is such a huge benefit. Granted, it’s still hotter than H-E-Double Toothpicks here, but the coop and yard are completely shaded. That also has the added benefit of providing some air cover from hawks when the trees are completely leafed out – which is about 9 months of the year here.
But when the Tinys are in the front yard/garden area, it is wide open. It’s always been a concern for us that when they are milling around out there, it’s a long way to run for cover. The new front deck gives them an easily accessible place to run and hide in the front yard. It’s a great spot to get out of the sun, rain, or wind. As the grass that was growing there dies off, they’ll turn that space into a prime dust bathing spot, just like they did under the backyard deck.
As many of you that follow us on Facebook know, this last deck has been a looooooong-term project. Even when it was just the beams and joists for the longest time, the Tinys had already started utilizing it for lounging space. Since they spend so much time under there every day, we decided to upgrade their seating options and build in some roosts for them.
We cut 2x4s to fit between the posts of the deck. Because good homesteaders (and woodworkers) never throw anything away, we had a ton of 2×4 scraps available to use a cleats.
After installing the cleats, we attached the 2x4s, and Voila! – ready to go chicken seating. It didn’t take long at all for the Tinys to start using the new roosts. Of course the Georgies (our name for our Barred Rocks, because they’re always Curious Georges) were first!
We got the deck stained over Thanksgiving. Time to get to work on the set of steps that will go down into the front yard and the railings. But the Tinys don’t care about that part…that’s the unimportant human stuff.
Until next time, worms rock, bees rules and chickens are my Zen.
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