Winter Coop Prep-
We have a lovely weekend with mild,sunny weather, great after the cold and heavy rain! With colder weather gradually settling in it's time to look at the components of winterizing our coop. Dave was cleaning the outside house windows with our handy Windex scrubber. I had him do the upper coop window. It's recycled and we open and close as needed. There's hardware cloth inside the window where a screen would be. Below the window is a frame I had Dave build with hardware cloth. We use it in the warm weather for lots of good airflow and ventilation. In the late fall we pop it out and put in anther (recycled) window. We'll remove the tomatoes first, see below-
We also have a screen in our $10.00 Habitat for Humanity store door. I leave it uncovered until it gets really cold, then I staple plastic over it on the inside. I can open as needed if it warms up-
Note another area below the nesting box, open all year
There's a vent in the roof of the coop for more air. It's a flexible system and work well for us and "the girls". They had a blast free-ranging Sunday afternoon-
Gwynne looking much better now that her molt is over, feathers are back!
Rosie the Rhode Island Red and Ellie a Barred Rock
What's over there?
I love our apple green bath towels from Ikea (several years old) but the hems were getting a bit ratty on a few, see above. I went to the local fabric store with a washcloth and bought matching thread. I set up the sewing machine, all better, for $1.50 spool of thread-
I had the last six of our pears left, so I bought some puff pastry at for about $3.00 at Trader Joe's. I thawed, unrolled, rolled the edges, put on parchment, sprinkled with cinnamon/sugar. Topped with our pears, and some frozen homegrown blackberries. More cinnamon/sugar, baked for 25 mutes, perfection! I topped mine with TJ's custard ice cream, heavenly! I will do the next batch with some of our peaches :) Easy, low cost, fast dessert!!!!