The chickens are in the house! The hoophouse that is! Last spring we erected a new hoophouse on some very rocky and marginal ground. One flock of our chickens (we have four separate flocks!) were already housed in a carport type structure adjacent to the hoophouse. This carport was a constant source of worry with all the wind we have had this year, so the hoophouse was a perfect solution! Our intention is to rotate our flocks through this and the two other hoophouses that will hopefully be built by next spring. The carport where they were housed has about eight inches of loose soil/compost from their constant scratching of the straw , leaves and bits of vegetation and manure and this is the same rocky ground!! This former shelter will be divided into new raised beds ready for planting in the spring . After the hens have spent the winter in this structure we can then move them to another house and allow this ground to settle, before using it to plant fall greens for next winter. Each hoophouse will be utilized in approximately the same capacity with one used for seed starting in the spring. The ladies do have outside access as you can see but when there is snow or ice outside they tend to stay in. We continue to provide sprouted grains(buckwheat, hard red winter wheat, oats and sunflower seeds) and wheatgrass daily .....and yes, the eggs are awesome!!!