My coop update!!!

Posted on | May 13, 2009 | 4 Comments

As of Thursday, the 7th, this is how far along the coop is. Let me share a little secret. Most of the posts I make are about a week behind. I typically unload my camera on weekends, and then I schedule posts for the whole following week (M-F). By the time you read this, I pray I have already had the animal control officer out & that she has approved my chicken dwelling & I am shopping for day old chicks!!!

Anyhoo, again, as I mentioned before, it’s a cramped space & not easy to take pics in.

The door formerly known as the doggie door. I removed the rubbery flappy thingie, and added a hefty door on the outside. I kept the sliding door thingie though, as added protection from prey-seeking vermin.

Here’s the nesting box made from an old kitchen cabinet. I still have to slope the roof. As soon as they *hopefully start laying, I’ll remove the door & add straw.

Oo, oo, what’s THAT?!? That, right there!!!!

PEEK A BOO!!! It’s my handsome little helper!!!

Whoops, I guess I should have aimed my rear a little better…..

OK, there ya go. My butt moved over so you can view the door in all of it’s wonderful & unshadowed glory 😉

Left to do- “de-gravel” the run, pray, add roosts, pray, slope nest box, pray, chicken wire the top of the coop, pray, finish covering the run, pray. Apply for permit, pray, get permit, pray, get chickens. Thank God.

By the time winter gets here, we’ll have insulated the coop as well, hopefully with re-purposed styrofoam! So far the only things I’ve bought have been hardware, 2X4’s & a piece of plywood. I tried to do as much of this project with re-purposed/used/trash stuff.

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4 Responses to “My coop update!!!”

  1. Millie
    May 13th, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    Looking good! Those are going to be some happy chickens.

  2. Shannon
    May 13th, 2009 @ 7:44 am

    Great coop!

    Just a note/tip. Chickens are dusty! My whole coop is coated in dust! This is just to warn you that whatever else you have in your blg. will have lots of dust on it too. 🙂


  3. Kelle
    May 14th, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    Great tip from Shannon, they are dusty and remember to always wear a mask and gloves when cleaning your coop, because I don’t care what you do you’ll have mice living in there too and you don’t want Hanta virus.

    Another hint, you mentioned insulating with strofoam, that’s great but you’ll need to put some sort of wafer board or thin plywood over that, because the chickens will eat it! Yep I don’t know why but we learned this the hard way.

    You’ve done a fantastic job and we’re praying you get your approval. Chickens are fun to have, fairly easy to care for and loads of entertainment.


  4. Michaela Dunn Leeper
    May 14th, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    THNX, all. Kelle, we had planned on putting plywood over the styro. The reason we chose styro is because of the lack of toxic/dangerous dust.

    I appreciate the prayers. No word yet from the officer, so with each passing day, er hour, I get more & more nervous.

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