Well, since all 17 chickens have decided to live, despite my care and attention, they needed new digs. They were getting pretty cramped in the coop built for eight. This is the Annex. It adds an additional 32 square feet of coop space and an additional 320 square feet of enclosed run space, giving me over 450 square feet of enclosed run and 48 square feet of coop.
There's still some painting to do, but the basic structure is livable. Thanks to my friend Laura for the great idea to make the 8' lean-to between the houses. It's a swell place for the feeder to live. I've been having problems keeping it dry.
This is the current nest box setup. Not that it matters. The little freeloaders still haven't laid any eggs, nor have they shown any inclination towards egg laying. Little snots.
We now have 16 linear feet of roost space and 10 linear feet of chicken. The 10 linear feet of chickens somehow seem obligated to roost on the top 8' of roosts. Silly little chickens.
This is the entire set up. Eventually there will be grapevines on the original coop and blackberries, raspberries and blueberries along the sides of the annex. It should be shady and pretty once it all fills in.