|The parts of the 4x4s that I used a chainsaw to cut off to "slope" the ends should I need to move the coop after it's built.|
|The treated plywood floor laying out across the 4x4 skids. I HIGHLY recommend to build it from the ground up in the spot where you want the coop to be located. You CAN move it, but why when you can start from there.|
|11 week old turkeys inside their yard with Reilly the newf looking in at them. Reilly has visited inside the yard a couple times and the turkeys really dont' care much about him.|
|I wiggled the yard dimensions so i could enclose the small pine tree inside their yard. This is the turkey's enjyoing what shade they can get under the pine tree on a hot afternoon.|
The turkeys mostly wander in and out now at their leisure. I've secured the door open with a piece of rope and a bungie. I've also moved their water container outside the coop. The floor slanted JUST enough that it was dripping and making the since water-logged. If I lock them in the coop for some reason, I just move the water back inside on a temporary basis, but they seem to enjoy being able to come and go as they please. I've only had 2 turkeys fly over the fence. The first time I came home to find 'Lefty' (my resident pirate turkey -- see pic below) outside the fence. One call to him/her and the silly bird came running right to me. The other time was yesterday... the lawn mower startled the birds and as they ran across the yard, several flapped their wings and one actually flew/jumped the fence. Not quite the easy catch as Lefty but certainly not difficult and the escapee was back inside the yard in a matter of a minute.
|Lefty, the pirate turkey (because he's always squiting and looks like he's saying "ARGH!") seems to enjoy his new coop and yard.|