In the trenches

Matt begins the trench in front of the chicken coop.

Matt begins the trench in front of the chicken coop.

With the last bit of summer running past us, I decided to embark on a large pre-winter project: running an electrical line out to the chicken coop.

Matt and our neighbor To finish up the trench.

Matt and our neighbor to finish up the trench.

Why do chickens need electricity, you ask? Mostly so I can plug in a heated water jug. I just don’t have it in me to run fresh water out to the coop three times a day in freezing weather.

Having power in the coop also gives me the option of hooking up a small radiant heater, in case temperatures drop below zero. I’ve heard that most chickens are hardy down to this temperature, but I’d like the option to add a bit of heat if things really get cold.

So, to run power out to the coop, first I needed to get a permit from city hall. A neighbor and his cousin (an electrician) offered to help with the project.

This morning I rented a trencher to dig a 24-inch trench from the house to the coop. It took Matt and my neighbor to wrestle this 600-pound machine across the yard. But we now have a trench that we can lay the electrical line in.

In the next week, I’m hoping we can add a power circuit in the house, and set up the rest of the line.

My goodness, these chickens are spoiled!

After returning the trencher, I checked on the girls. I found all three in nesting boxes, working on their daily offerings!

Gigi, Loretta and Nellie settle into the nesting boxes. Can a girl get some privacy?

Gigi, Loretta and Nellie settle into the nesting boxes. Can a girl get some privacy?

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  1. Pingback: Hooked up for power | Chicken Scratch Fever

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