Look what Mike will be bringing home soon!
He got it in payment for some repair work his mechanics did at his shop and if I like it, I can have it! That's not the actual picture of it above; that one looks brand new. But the one he has at the shop is red and the same model and they're refurbishing it... even going to give it a new paint job. It can haul a little trailer for my gardening stuff and whatever else and will be super handy. If it doesn't work out for me for whatever reason, he'll just sell it. Either way it's a win. I'm kind of excited because my garden is down a hill and toting everything down there and back can get tiring... especially in 98 degree high humidity weather.
Coop Update: It's been emptied and we're hopefully putting the wire in the windows sometime today.
Here is Mike backing the trailer up to the coop so we can load it up; there was a lot in it!
And some of the mess that ensued:
... and another view that shows the garden area (extreme right bottom) in relation to the chicken coop... and how it's waiting to be planted (and how the little red ATV will be very helpful coming and going). Until Mike fixes the electric fence I can't plant because there are deer tracks all over it!
It's another rainy day and my Black Copper Marans are inside with cabin fever again. They are getting so big and will love their new roomy coop.
Yesterday I put them out in their temporary run that has a tarp on top so hawks can't swoop down and get them. But when it rains, there is no support for the tarp so it just fills up with water. I had to cut a hole in the middle so the water could drain through and not rip the tarp from the sides of the run. When I took the birds out, it was sunny, but a thunderstorm blew through suddenly and before I could get out to get them, the water was already pouring through the hole of the tarp and splashing in their run. They were freaking out in one corner trying to get away from the rain pouring in and all the loud noises they aren't accustomed to. I grabbed the dog carrier that I use to transport them and all but 3 ran into it. The other three ran out into the rain to discover it was wet and ran back in to get into the carrier. Once inside I think they were relieved and just cooed and talked. It was a bird adventure!