Today after lack of sleep we decided to stay home. Needless to say it was a productive day. The weather held out and we only had a few sprinkles to deal with.
Today we utilized our stock pile of scrap metal roofing, and pallets to make a “duck hut”. The Peking’s don’t go into the coop for whatever reason, and I felt they needed some protection from the weather, and a place to hopefully nest and/or just lay eggs.
First we stripped the pallets until we had enough material left to join the together. Like everything we do it’s trial and error, but it all works out in the end. After cutting the pallets down to size we started making our “teepee” or “A” frame.
We joined the two pallets together with three inch screws along the top, and began working on making the frame stable. We used the boards we removed from the pallet to brace the back of the “A”.
Once the structure was more secure we began adding the metal roofing panels, and created a ridge cap with an extra small piece of metal roof.
In no time at all the chickens were checking out our work, and the Peking’s even poked their heads in a time or two!
Don’t think that’s all we did today we also got the hog pen finished up! We also got creative making a trough!
We had a half of a plastic barrel that I got from my dad, and the top off of an old microwave cart. Luckily the old cart was made of wood and we’ve been able to use it on a lot of projects.
Easily enough we cut the tabletop length wise and attached it to the barrel with screws. Now we have a trough that will hopefully be a little harder to flip over.
After all the projects Rooster went to oldest’s soccer practice, I picked up the youngest after running a few errands, came home to whip up a salad for supper while youngest did his homework, and I am now enjoying a Lavender Vanilla Chai while youngest has his first guitar lesson!!
After this it’s home for family supper of spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. After we unload all the feed out of the truck LOL.
I almost forgot we also made a little improvement to the run! We added landscape timber around the outside. The chickens have a habit of making dust bath pools along the fence eroding away the bottom of the fence. Hence leaving me to worry about them getting out, or something easily getting in.
Sometimes the best pay check is the reward of a good days work. Dirt under your nails, blisters on your palms, or the typical scrapes, cuts and bruises.