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 start moving fast. We realized we had no choice: It’s time to start multi-tasking our chicken prepping. So we hopped in the truck and headed north to the nearest Tractor Supply Company (about an hour’s drive away).
We scoped out the chicken department and quickly determined that we were not the only ones preparing for babies. The wood nesting boxes (which we really wanted) were sold out, as well as chick-sized feeders. Still, I was able to get a heat lamp and bulbs (which will keep the chicks warm until they can regulate their own temperatures), a chick-sized waterer, a hook latch for inside the chicken run door and a more substantial latch for the lid of the nesting box.
The last item we got: a 10-gallon metal container with locking lid to store the chicken feed. I already ran it out to the coop, and it fits perfectly under the hen house.
We still have a moderate list of things left to do on the coop, but the most important task is to finish building the windows before inspection. Next weekend, that will be our goal.