Delivery of barn
After we got the building, we insulated the interior and put up interior walls to cover the insulation, built an interior wall to divide the chicken coop from the rest of the building, put in a door on this interior wall to enter the chicken coop area, and caulked, sealed and painted the interior.
Before insulation & walls
Interior wall going in to separate chicken coop area
Interior door going in
We then put up plastic chick separator mesh to keep the chicks we have raised so far without a mother separated from the hen which has 8 chicks. We didn't know how the hen would deal with all the additional babies and especially with the guinea keets.
After putting down straw, heat lamps, feeders and waterers, finally the big moment came last Tuesday evening. My baby chicks were big enough to live in the chicken coop by themselves. They were so excited - they ran all around and tested their wings. They nibbled on straw and ate food from the big feeder. It was the biggest day of their lives, and they were so happy.
The momma hen loved the freedom, too! Her babies were very excited to see the other babies. At first she tried to control them by keeping them near her, but eventually she let them run near the other babies. The mesh netting keeps them separate, but they can see each other. Here one of her chicks gets a free ride on her back.