Thursday, March 21, 2013

Renovations to Peck N Paw Resort & Spa

In the course of my life I have owned several homes and over the years I have learned one thing about home ownership:  after you've lived in it you will want to change it.

Last year (at about this time) we decided to start planning the building of our chicken coop.  We googled plans.  We You Tubed plans.  We drew out our own plans.  We had a plan and we built it.
We built it and they came.  The chickens moved in.

Peck N Paw 2012
The chickens have lived in and thrived and survived the hot, Florida summer.  They have survived hurricane "feeder-bands".  They have huddled together at night in the cold, coop windows closed for warmth.  Everyday they wake up happy and glad to be in their run.

In the course of the last year I have watched.  I know where they sit when its hot.  I know where they huddle when its cold.  I know they don't have the sense to get back in the coop when it rains, so they get wet.  I know its time for an expansion.

.....HONEY!  I HAVE AN IDEA!!!!...

We have begun our coop/run expansion.
While the coop itself if sufficient, the ladies need more space in the run.  Below are the progress shots...
Footings and Flooring


Painted Framing with back wall

View from the Front
This coming weekend we will be getting the sand flooring and blowing out the back wall.  I'm so excited to provide the ladies with a new, better protected run.

And now....the YouTube video...

Monday, March 4, 2013

Chicken Chat Success!

On February 24 we hosted, along with SowShare, our first ever Backyard Hen Workshop. (Or, as I like to call it, Chicken Chat.)

The event was kept low key with only around 15 participants.  This bein my first "chicken lecture" I appreciated the intimate size of the crowd and it gave SowShare a comfort level in getting to know me and my workshop style.
Sarah discussing the pros and cons on baby chicks vs full grown hens.

The event covered a range of chicken topics:
  • Breed Selection - What breed will work best for a particular situation.
    • Noise
    • Temperament
    • Size
    • Egg production vs meat
  • Baby Chicks vs Full grown hens
  • Where to purchase your flock
  • Caring for Baby Chicks
  • Caring for Adult Hens
  • Coop Selection
    • Home-made vs store bought
    • Requirements
      • Size
      • Easy to clean
      • Ventilation
  • Free Ranging
    • Benefits
    • Dangers
  • Egg production
  • Bio Security.
Participants checking out the coop and meeting the ladies.

We were very please with the success of the event and more workshops will follow.  Our next event is scheduled for April 7th.

Come and see our next batch of Easter Peeps!
Felicia joining the after party.