We've gone from this empty mess (wish I had taken a picture of it BEFORE the other bushes came down - there were bushes full in right up to the stairs which my son cut down) (Two of the ladies supervising the platform building)to this new coop for ALL my chicks...It's not anywhere near done, but it looks pretty great so far. I'm REALLY excited that it turned out so well. Can't wait to put a window box full of flowers under the window, and I think I'm going to paint it an early-American red (sort of a brownish, maroonish red?)
The ones below are the bunch I got in mid-May (Black Australorps, Welsummers, Cuckoo Marans, a white somethingorother, one Wyandotte, one redandwhitesomethingorother, and two nifty little crowing roos, that I THOUGHT were Bantams, but aren't, because they are already bigger than the Bantams I brought home, but smaller than the laying hens of the same age. If I can't figure out what they are, I'll have to post a picture of them to see if anyone can tell me what they are. These guys will be joining the other, temporarily-free-ranging crew that is currently outdoors - all of them in the new coop and new pen.
You can see the free ranging bunch, or some of them anyway, hanging around under the bushes to the right of the coop, watching and checking things out. They LOVE to spend their time under the bushes anyway, and if I pen that in, then I've already given them shade and their dust baths. I'll go a little way out from the bushes to give them some grass and sun, also. Perfect location.
Post-Script: I DID figure out that the two roos I have are both Eqyptian Fayoumis. Funny, because I ordered one male on purpose, and for some reason, got two. But, in the meantime, I have also begun thinking that the bunch that I THOUGHT were Black Australorps may not be. They are black and white, and ALL the pictures I can find of the Australorps show that they are ALL black. If you happen to know anything about chickens, and I know several of you have chickens of your own, could you click on the picture (click twice) of the smaller ones IN the pen, the 7th picture down, after the new coop pictures, and tell me what you think the black and white ones might be?