Now, I am not one to look a gift chicken in the mouth, but the chicken coop is not exactly what I had in mind. It is really too small for that many birds, it has no nesting boxes and no roosting bars. The chickens just scratch out a nest and lay their eggs wherever in the straw that covers the floor. The biggest problem I have with it is that there is no door to close the chickens in. The chickens can walk in and out of the house at will any time of the day or night. From everything I have read, this is not safe. This is what the coop looks like:
You can see behind this coop is the one my husband started building. We plan to finish this coop use it in place of the small one. We also plan to replace the fencing around the chicken yard. I don't think that chain-link fence is the best choice for keeping chickens safe.
The chickens have been living in this situation for most of their lives, so they can do so for a bit longer, but as soon as we get the time we will finish up our idea of safe and comfortable chicken coop and yard. I think they will like their new home!
Have a great week!
Jade, the Crazy Chicken Lady! :)