This afternoon I took delivery on fifty concrete blocks, some anchor bolts, and cement. Tomorrow I’ll start leveling ground on an 8X12 space to be lined and divided into four with the blocks.
Once that’s done, I’ll build a 4X6 chicken coop that can be bolted down on one of those fourths. The idea is to move the coop from space to space and let the chickens enrich the dirt in each, which will become garden spaces. Since I never expect to raise much more than herbs, that should be enough. But the plan allows for alternatives. Since a lot of what I’d like to raise isn’t perennial, the coop might end up permanently mounted someplace else but doing it this way I can protect the chickens against predators and then fence the garden areas against rabbits. Alternately, I might build more coops in the fullness of time since there’s no plan for the birds to be pets. I’m a predator, too.
It’ll work! If I can keep the chickens alive. Landlady’s chicken-related experiments suggest that their care and feeding isn’t rocket science. I don’t expect the birds till spring, but I need to get the foundation in pretty quick.