One of my goals for this past winter has been to complete our new chicken coop before the end of March. Most commercial chicken growers here in Idaho hatch their first wave of chicks in time for the first day of spring which was yesterday. I had poured a concrete slab and bolted down the treated 2X4 bottom plate earlier in the fall which had been buried under several feet of snow by Christmas. After some shoveling I started to frame the walls, put on the roof and spiked on log siding that had been left over from the barn. I had sealed the walls and the ceiling inside and out so that they would be protected from the intrusion of mice and bugs. On the south facing side I installed a passive solar window to capture the winter sun and provide warmth runon cold days. Already it has been providing heat for our new batch of Bard Rock chicks that we purchased from some good friends who recently started commercially raising organic chickens. We were excited to get them when we did due to the demand for chickens stimulated by the economic recession. It seems as if a lot of folks are seeing their need to prepare for harder times and are raising chickens in hopes of living more sustainably. Boise’s city ordinances make allowances for people to raise a few chickens in their neighborhood backyards (two hens per family member) as long as their small flock doesn’t include a rooster for obvious reasons. The following pictures will tell the story of the construction of our new coop and the chicks that finally came home to roost.