Well we made it through graduation! It seems just like yesterday that I was carting him around in a car seat and rocking him to sleep. What a long strange trip it is to raise another human being. Now its up to him. College is on the horizon and his adventures and dreams await. Mom and Dad are very proud.
After the graduation events we went back out to the farm. Grandma was out visiting and was eager to see the progress and to help. We set her to work on spray painting the trim on the coop. The aluminum edging didn’t lend itself to hand painting as it would be streaked, so a few cans of Hunter Green spray paint, some edging tape and it was good to go.
I got the first of the vents put in as well. An article I read said that it is important to have some ventilation lower to the floor so that ammonia produced in the litter can be filtered out. As chickens are prone to respiratory problems this seemed like a good idea.
The overhead tubing attached to the wooden posts is a “tic-tac-toe” frame that will be used to hold up chicken wire. It will cover the entire run to protect against falcons, eagles, and owls. Because of all the potential predators this all has to be something of a fortress. One step at a time. We are very pleased with the progress.
Next up…. windows.