Remember when I first posted about the construction of our Chicken Hotel, over a year ago?
Well it is finally finished! Tim and Steven finished the Chicken Hotel a couple weeks ago. Two nights ago, the hens were forced to sleep in there. Boy were they not happy. Only one of them laid an egg. I bet they had their tail feathers between their legs and quickly ran over to the hen house in the morning. Things will get better, chickens (like humans) don’t like change.
Our hens have a top-notch Chicken Hotel. We built it on an old hay rack. There are access doors on the outside, for us to easily grab eggs and freshen feed without entering the hotel.
There are plenty of nesting boxes for all the ladies. The floor is made of chicken wire to keep the hotel clean and to conveniently spread the nutrient dense chicken manure as the Hotel moves throughout the pastures.
In the back there are roosting bars for the chickens to sleep on.
It is even complete with a rain barrel to supply the watering system.
The goal is to get the hens out of the yard in the next week or two and out to pasture. We are guessing this will have to be done at night, or they will probably come right back to the house.
Change is tough. What are some ways you deal with changes? Any advice for the hens?