The really exciting improvement developing over at the barn is our tack room. Yesterday we pulled the chicken girls' gypsy wagon coop outside the barn and halfway to its winter destination in the other half of the Chicken Palace, next to the brooder room. Then Herb spent the day removing all the boards and chicken wire that we had put up to give the girls a safe, enclosed run in the barn. This is what's left. The tack room will be in the back corner of the barn with the future milking parlor in front.
At left is one of Herb's pillar supports, buried below ground level. It takes more work to do it that way, but it's easier to build around. At right is one that was already in place elsewhere in the barn. Luckily, we don't want to build anything there, because when the concrete footers are above ground like that, they make it impossible to nail anything flush against the bottom of the pillar.
I'm very excited about this project! It will be great to have a safe, dry place to store my tack. And the tack room will serve as one wall for the milking parlor, so we're that much closer to our whole milking project. Sara's developing quite nicely, too! :) Her growing girth makes us realize we need to get going, since her calf is due in about 6 weeks!
Here's a picture of Pepi-Two (center, reddish-brown with buff around the eyes) another Ameraucana who is turning out to be a pullet like she was supposed to! One more of the seven is questionable, one I had called Robin until I realized it might be a rooster. Now the former Robin is called Emu because he (?) is huge and waddles around like a flightless bird. The other girls are (new) Robin, Chickadee, Sparrow, and Lark--and they seem to be staying girls!
Anybody have any suggestions about what to call a rooster who was formerly a Wren?