Chicken Scratch Fever

Monthly Archives: January 2014


We did it!

This morning the chicken coop was approved for occupancy. The visit from Marc Howell, Ferndale’s building inspector, was short and sweet. He immediately said it was a sturdy structure, and well weather-proofed. He asked about underground barriers, and I explained…

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“Pretty much, almost, exactly.”

After two days of work in the wind, snow and sub-zero temperatures, we are about 95 percent complete with the coop. Our friend Eric showed up Saturday afternoon with pre-cut window frame pieces and a Tupperware container filled with lemon…

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Chick supplies, and customer service surprise

Piece by piece it’s all coming together. Today we received a delivery from Mills Fleet Farm containing three wood nesting boxes for the hens. Technically, we only need one or two for three birds, but I’m hopeful the chickeneers in…

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We ordered chicks!

The order is in, and we will become the parents of three baby chicks the week of March 17. In a stunning turn of events, we ended up switching hatcheries at the last  minute. I was having trouble confirming that…

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Prepping for chicks

While we still things to finish on the coop, today Matt and I refocused on our incoming chicks. With the chicken coop inspection a week away, and chicks expected at the end of February, we figure things are about to…

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The doorway to victory

Still in my pajamas, I joined Matt to trudge out in the snow and ice to install the hen house door. And with the last screw put in a hinge, we have an almost-finished chicken coop! We still have an…

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Victory and defeat

The day started out with great optimism. We were going to finally build the hen house door. When we walked out to the coop to take final measurements, we were met with a flood in the run. As the weather…

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