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Well, we’ve had 2 1/2 days of rain/thunderstoms, and it is now cool and humid, instead of hot and humid! My poor flock has had to be hurried (in the rain) back into the house twice now during a downpour(s), and let me tell ya’, it was not a pretty picture…no one was sing in the rain! The coop construction is coming along, the siding and the rafters are up…next comes the roof and ceiling. We decided to insulate the “attic” and put up a ceiling so that it would be warmer for the Seramas during the winter…the grownups have previously been in housing outdoors with no heat, but I’m afraid the babies and juveniles will need some extra warmth, and the insulated attic should help in that regard. I’m sure the youngsters will need heat lamps once winter sets in…It can get cold here in Charleston on occasion!

Since the coop, or should a say hen house, will have six pop doors on either long side, and since I want an automatic door opener/closer on those doors, I’m looking into the ones sold at Wells Poultry Housing and Accessories. I have had raccoons raid a chicken coop once before, and I really don’t want to experience that again! However, they are very pricey, so if anyone knows where to buy something similar, or if anyone knows where I can get plans to fabricate one, please feel free to email me or post a comment with the info…I would greatly appreciate it!

I am including some pictures of some of the “girls”, most of whom are yet unnamed…

One of the "girls"

One of the "girls"

...another one

...another one

...a line-up!

...a line-up!

And, here is another of the girls…Ruby, our red doberman with uncropped ears…she finds the chickens very interesting, and just adores the baby chicks!

Ruby

Ruby