- Reclaim the garden bed in the run to plant a crop of chillies,
- Reclaim the path to the shed so I didn't have to sweep it every day, and so that I can brew some more beer, and
- Allow easy access to the nesting box without having to enter the run.
After two more days of hard work, all objectives have been achieved! I built the picket gate on Saturday, and painted it, hung it, and finished the remaining fence on Sunday. I even scrubbed the path clean and planted six chilli seedlings in the garden bed.
Here are a few shots of my handy work;
Before the final clean up.
A nice clean path to the shed.
A proud tradesman.
Inside, looking out. Happy hens.
Easy access to the nesting box. No more stepping in chicken poo to get the eggs.
Chilli bushes, all in a row. The old bush will finally get a chance to grow some leaves.
Kim was so proud of my work as am I with the end result. The temporary gate and fence that has been in place for about 6 months has been removed and I even put a single paving stone at the end of the nesting box to avoid muddy feet after rain. The hills hoist clothes line will stay put for now as we have no where to store it. We have been hanging our washing under the carport for the last year, so decided that it would be a permanent arrangement and give up the backyard for the chooks. All that remains to be done is to install low pressure drip irrigation to the garden bed and my work is complete. Sounds like a job for my Christmas break!
It looks and feels like a petting zoo, which is just the affect I was after. I want to show visitors how easy it is to care for backyard poultry and that it doesn't take a lot of space to keep 8 hens happy. Kim even suggested that we get four more. Don't tempt me honey, be careful what you joke about!