The fence is made of horse fencing covered in chicken wire. Eventually, and much to my DH's disappointment, we had to put a top on the entire enclosure. This investment was inspired by an event called "The Raccoon Massacre" in which a masked devil killed five of our beloved, hand raised hens by chomping on their necks.
|From the inside|
|Some of the seventeen|
|Nesting Boxes and Ramp|
Good things about owning hens:
1. Fresh, delicious eggs
2. Lovely creatures
3. Kids spend hours in the coop completely entertained.
4. Easy to keep, cheap to feed.
5. Great composters - they love table scraps (soggy cereal, carrot peels, bread crusts...).
Bad things about owning hens:
1. They get sick and the vet will try to charge you African Grey Parrot (exotic bird) fees to treat them.
2. If the antibiotics you bought at the feed store don't work, they die and the kids cry - esp. if it was their favorite. Sometimes DH has to kill them because they're suffering. I can't do it.
3. Chores - feeding, cleaning, dusting (for mites)
4. The cost of building a good coop can add up depending on the size of your coop and how resourceful you are.
5. Coops attract rats. Looky here at this cute one....
|Secondary fence inside the door in case of potential escapees.|
I think we'll always have hens because - they amuse me. I tell my kids "when I am old, just roll my wheelchair inside the coop, put some scratch on my lap, and I'll be happy."