Hugo and I made it all cosy with fresh straw and the girls have moved in already.
I'm so pleased we managed to recycle so much of the building materials for this shed, tin from a friend's roof that was recently replaced, timber from the stash, an old screen door from our former laundry, and my favourite, a nesting box made from solid timber kitchen cupboards that was found at the tip, for free.
As the girls are settling in nicely, scratching through the new straw, my next move is to organise some medicinal plants to grow around the edges for the chooks to peck. Armed with a copy of my chook bible, I've ordered wormwood, scarlet nasturtiums, tansy, comfrey and some barley through Diggers. No hardship there - I love shopping for seeds and plants.
I also plan to give the whole house a lick of lime wash, the real stuff, made from a bag of builders lime and water, which should not only keep parasites at bay, but provide a real Mediterranean feel!
All we need now is the girls to lay some eggs, but I think we'll be waiting for their moulting to finish before they start to lay again. In the meantime, a pair of wooden eggs sits in the nesting box, to hopefully inspire that urge to return.
Actually the girls are getting older, so I'm hoping to pick up some young new girls this weekend and our old girls can retire in style. In their white washed Mediterranean villa.