Every weekend, either Saturday or Sunday, the chickens get moved.
The purple coop is stationary. After its little tumble during the initial move out of the pole barn, Vince has it anchored . . pipes attached and driving deep into the ground. It isn’t going anywhere . . I hope! 🙂 We move the run around the coop and Vince has all kinds of positions for the stairs to the coop. He has to get real creative sometimes to get it to all work out but it always works out. That’s how things work for engineers, you know?
Here’s a setup with a long “tunnel” to get to the stairs. The chickens don’t mind . . they probably don’t even notice.
Vince always moves the coop over to the left just a little but when it gets to where it was last week (the deadest spot right in front there in the first picture), we can’t go any farther to the left because the pole barn is there. So, he has to move it all the way back to its starting position which is a long ways . . as far as moving a chicken run goes. He usually moves it an inch or two at a time with all the chickens in the run.
Since it was so far to go this time, we decided to lure them into the coop and close them up so we could move the run without them in it and wouldn’t have to worry about crunching their little feet. A few chunks of bread in the coop and nine of the hens were inside the coop. One . . just one contrary hen wouldn’t come inside, even for a piece of my homemade whole wheat bread!
Guess which one it was . . Smokey! Dang that’s one hard headed, uncooperative, belligerent chicken. Remind me to tell you the production she makes when she decides to lay an egg . . which doesn’t happen with any regularity! We loved smoked chicken! 🙂
Anyway, it wasn’t so hard to move the run with just one chicken in there but it sure would be nice for Smokey to be cooperative and go along with the plan . . just once!
One thing I’ve been meaning to say . . for those who have asked about the purple coop – when Vince first built it, we both thought he’d made it too tall off the ground but it’s actually perfect. That’s how things work for engineers, you know! They’re perfect even when they don’ t know it! When Vince cleans out the coop, he just parks the wheel barrow underneath the door, rakes all the straw and droppings into the wheel barrow and doesn’t have any hassle with having to pick up the straw. He couldn’t have planned that any better if he tried! Engineers can be so good to have around . . most days! 🙂