Lauren Scheuer and I have become great friends over our common love for chickens. We spoil our girls. We love them deeply and are constantly entertained by their antics. So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally got to meet the girls I knew so dearly through her blog!
It was a cold January morning when I met the girls. There they were; Fern, Pigeon, Lucy, Daisy and Lil’ White. Lauren shared some treats as an icebreaker. At first they were afraid of me, until I squatted on the ground in the run and said hello in my best chicken voice. Somehow, the language is universal and they all came over one by one to greet me.
Her run and coop are covered and are designed with an A-frame roof. It is perfect for rain and snow to melt away and never create too much weight. She covers the hardware cloth with plastic sheeting in the Winter to help minimize the girls’ exposure to the elements. This also serves to keep the portion of the run closest to the coop sheltered. A ramp leads up to the entry door of the coop. A heated dog bowl in the covered run keeps their water from freezing in the winter and food is available at all times. Play things are abundant including logs, treat containers and perches. Lauren tells me that her best idea was adding play sand to this portion of the run.
Inside the coop, there are a variety of perches of different widths and heights to meet every chicken’s desire. Lauren uses pine shavings on the floor. Despite her best efforts, poor Fern always needs to retire at night with the help of Lauren. The coop has a large window that faces the morning sun. It is perfect for early risers and wonderful to give outsiders a glimpse in.
Soon enough, the cold began to nip at our noses and we needed to return inside to the warmth of the house and get ready for our day trip to the Poultry Congress.
Lauren reminded Marky of his chicken duties. I watched the two of them communicate without words. It was clear he understood.
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Photo Credits: Tilly’s Nest