After some pondering and research we decided to convert our potting shed back into a chicken coop, use part of our existing fenced-in garden for a chicken run and, since these two structures are about 50 feet apart, connect the two with what we are calling a chicken tunnel.
Below Steve is at work fencing off a corner of the garden for the chicken run (so they can have access to fresh air and sunshine):
Here you can see Jennifer at work using some wire fencing to build the chicken tunnel frame, which will connect the run with the coop (you can see a bit of yellow in the background - the coop):
Here you can see the corner of the run and the wire tunnel that leads to the coop:
Of course, the chickens need nesting boxes inside the coop so...into the woodshop:
Nesting box installation inside the coop:
The chickens also need a place to perch. Below Jennifer installs some sticks (that will serves as perches) that she salvaged from one of our wildlife brush piles:
The chickens arrive on Sunday but we are getting close to ready...wish us luck!
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here's a song that made us smile.