A basic chicken coop was built in the garden by the previous owners, and it needed some attention before chickens could call it home.
By November 2007, the chicken coop was painted to match the house colors, and a shake roof added with a green gutter and downspout. The hillside was dug out with soil and bushes removed from the hillside. The outdoor run was expanded and rebuilt with new wood and wire mesh. The roof was covered with a tarp.
Progress digging out the hillside:
Another outdoor run was added to the right side of the chicken coop. This space was built using recycled wood, so unfortunately, it didn’t last very long. It basically housed one chicken who was very dominant and had to be separated from the others:
Because the farm was adopting four turkeys around Thanksgiving 2012, the outdoor runs were rebuilt and made into one large space. The wood had to be replaced and the dirt floor reinforced with gopher wire to keep away the river rats:
In April 2013, a wine barrel and redwood branch fence was built around the coop to keep the turkeys and chickens out of the garden.
In September 2013, a new corrugated plastic roof was added to the outdoor runs. Also, the sides were finally finished and decorated with old bottles and metal artifacts found on the property.