The new ladies are here and they have their own living quarters so Taj's fears are finally put to rest!
This started as a group of five which lasted right up to the first one that crowed! Yep, a male was hiding amongst the gals, trying to keep silent but his instincts betrayed him and he quickly ended up in Heidi's stew-pot... You see, these critters have a purpose aside from just providing entertainment value! They are hopefully going to be productive little egg factories providing us with healthy, nummy food! Obviously, only the hens can pull that off :)
Heidi has been busy over the last few weeks preparing the fine home you see above. She located it via Craigslist at a great price just down the road from us a few miles. Both the coop and the pen were part of the deal and Heidi has made many improvements to each. Even with the addition of the roof on the "chicken run" and extra material to strengthen & secure the coop, they are both easily moved to keep the girls on fresh, "scratchable" ground.
I admit I even think the inside looks sorta comfy.