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C'mon Spring!!

Posted by MIMarans on February 18, 2013 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I have begun collecting eggs and what an exciting time of year.  Even though it was -1F last night, I am hopeful that spring will come to Michigan sooner than later. 

I got three eggs today, not bad considering the frigid cold. 

They sure are pretty.  The light egg is an Isa Brown.  The Isa's lay eggs so large they don't even fit in an egg carton.

Happy 2013!

Posted by MIMarans on January 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, time has flown and I haven't posted anything good lately!  Hope everyone has a great year.  Here is the new condo 90% completed.  Need a few more trim items, finish the gutters but you can see the little problem there...ugh, winter.  I am working around it though.  Yes, that is a new vinyl window.  I know....I know.

Have a game in this photo..can you see the cat?  Hint: she's in one of the trees.

New Coop Construction

Posted by MIMarans on June 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

I have finally begun contruction on a more permanent residence for my flock.  Right now I have 3 small coops sort of pieced together.  So, this will be a grand consolidation when it is complete.  There are several features that I am looking forward to having, but most importantly, more room.  My other coops were small elevated coops, so they were difficult to clean, collect eggs, etc. This coop will have external egg doors.  Being able to walk into it will make cleaning much easier.  Will also have plenty of storage so I can keep the feed in the coop.  The 8' walls in the main part of the coop will be nice.  The roosting/nesting area has a 6' wall.  I was going for a little architectual diversity rather than just having a plain box of a coop.  It will have opposing roofs, the main will be a standard gable, and the roosting/nesting area will have an opposing shed style roof.

Yes, I am aware that it looks more like a house than a chicken coop.  My wife was kind enough to point that out already.  She asked if it was going to be two floors.  My 5 year old asked later, "daddy, are you building a new house?".  Straight from the mouths of babes.  I got down from my ladder and took a few step back....it's not THAT big is it?  Yep...it is. At least I am able to recycle my own cyclone fence I had laying around.

Spring is in the air!

Posted by MIMarans on February 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We are excited to be starting our 2012 season!  The kids and I will be planting seeds this week to begin our early planting.  Love is in the air in the coops and we are getting beautiful eggs.  Things that are happening:

  1. Starting to sow seeds for this year's crops.
  2. Have our first couple of egg orders for 2012. Order today to get in line!
  3. We will be consolidating our 3 coops into a large coop.  The foundation is in!
  4. We have developed a really neat ICF coop that uses insulated panels rather than traditional stick build. 

So....A LOT going on!  We will be posting pictures soon....

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