Here you can see the beginnings of the curved floor joist extensions on the coop. They are attached with joist hangers and corner brackets for extra strength.
The girls came up from the creek to see the construction. Boy are they going to be mad when they find out Farmer Rick is building this for another group of girls!
Ruzina and Georgia at their posts, one on each of my knees. Georgia is a Sicilian Buttercup. According to the Illustrated Guide to Chickens, this breed is from the Italian island of Sicily, having come across from Tripoli. It is thought they originated from the drier climate of northern Africa where they developed the cup-like comb to hold rainwater and become drinking receptacles for each other.