Today I put together a little chicken shed that I bought off eBay months ago. Now that I am further into my life here I realise I probably wouldn't have bought this little house (manufactured in China) now. I probably would have had a go at building my own. However, I did buy it, so I am going to use it.
It is going to be the maternity home or, if necessary an isolation house for an unnecessarily broody girl. It has a lift up roof on both the main part and the nest boxes. It is now sited in a quiet corner behind the hen house, north facing and protected by the big loquat tree. It already has a fence on two sides and the shed wall at the back. I will put a fence on the fourth side to make a little outside run for Mum. I can shut the door at the front to keep her safe from foxes at night.
I will wait a while to see if one of my girls goes properly broody and if not, I will try to buy a clucky hen from a nearby organic free range chicken farm. I plan to put some of our eggs and some bought fertile eggs under the hen.
I am so in love with Brewster, I just had to post yet another photo. I think he is the most handsome fellow. I love the way he marshalls his girls and clucks to show them where the food is (as if they couldn't see it themselves). I am not so enamored of his tendency to spring surprise sexual attacks on his hens...but I suppose that is the way of roosters. Hopefully his efforts will result in fertile eggs which will be a cross between the two breeds. I can't wait!