We started leveling off an area for the new chicken barn! The girls will still be in open air pens, but with a solid roof over them. The new structure will allow a watering system to be installed and maintained without freezing (or lugging buckets!) through the winter. The pens will have individual access to an outdoor run with grass at all times. Most importantly, the whole thing will be surrounded by electric fencing, because predation is always a concern. This metal barn can be enclosed for severe weather when necessary. I firmly believe that chickens (no matter how fancy!) cannot be raised in a completely controlled environment. They need fresh air and seasons! Those that prove too susceptible to the climate are weeded out of the breeding program.
More pictures to come as the building is installed. Stay tuned!