All Cooped Up, Again

All Cooped Up, Again
Add to Favorites By Mark Hall, Ohio It was a mild November morning in the year 2011. The ground was littered with autumn leaves that crunched under my boots as I stomped my way across the backyard. Into the field beyond I carried a bucket of water and an egg basket. Soon I arrived at the chicken coop and reached for the door. I had just finished building their  roomy, 100 square foot coop a month earlier. It had several good features, such as the 16 feet of roosting space, the four cozy nest boxes, a large double pane window, and numerous openings for ample ventilation. However, the latch on the door I was about to open was not one of those features. I initially should have used a latch that would open the door from the inside. Instead I had installed a self-latching gate latch, which, though cheaper and simpler, was a

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