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Elcyd's Chicken Coop
Heres the basic story of the Coop and Chickens.
Let me introduce myself- I am a true City Slicker who is now a certifiable- I mean certified- Country girl. After wearing down my husband (2 Years worth of nudging) he conceded to let me ....LOL.......have Chicks. I began by doing a bit of research- and talking to everyone I knew about my plans of getting some egg laying hens. I went to livestock auctions, surfed the net etc. I had a coop designed- but soon after a neighbor offered their coop to me. It wasn't truly what I wanted- but did fit the bill in terms of price and my desire to do this with as much recycled material as I could. What better than a recycled coop?Off I went to pick it up with a small trailer. The neighbor was nice enough to throw in some shingles to roof it, and a feeder. A good start!
I got to work and cut the siding- then realized they needed windows.
Initially it was just Tyvek covered. I got two sheets of T-111- painted them to match our house and on they went. I did build a new door- because the old one was a bit rough.
I had some old cabinets that already had the Chicken wire so I cut some windows. Of course then I realized I needed a way to shutter them in inclement weather.I am starting to get the hang of the power tools- so I decided to get fancy and go for the sliding door entry. It actually works!Once done- The help arrives and its time for it to go to its home on the hill.
Much heavier than it looks!For the fence. I decide to go with some fencing I got off of Freecycle. I did have to buy the posts. I then realized that I needed Chicken wire because the holes were way too big - and I had been cautioned that raccoons could reach in, and chicks would wander off. The chicken wire is in the works- but the little ones are too small yet anyway. I made the gate out of scrap lumber we had around the property. All in all I doubt I spent over $300- in paint hardware, and lumber.
Of course I did the whole thing back wards.
The coop was pretty much done and I realized I didn't have a brooder. We had an old headboard in a shed that was there when we built the house and I converted it into a brooder.
My son unscrewed the top and we used an aquarium lid
I had to put a little door on the back so I could convert it to a walk through.
Last week was the happy day of arrival. Three Buff Orps, Two White silkies, and 2 Delawares.
More to come as they grow. Thanks for visiting my page.
An update- a nice day- tractor built- time to meet the big dog.
Glad the dog doesn't realize thats one thin net!
Of course the Silkies have no fear.
Spring arrives- First day in the new coop!
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