Ricks Chick Condo
As my wife usually says, when I build, I usually go over the top. Building in a back yard that goes straight uphill makes a challenge for any builder, and this build was no exception. I tried to find the best spot for the least amount of pain in my back and eye appeal to myself and my neighbors. as you scroll through my pics, you will see my 10 week journey in which I was able to shed 30 pounds, and spent nearly $2000. Some of the details that I do not have pics for, but are installed are the vents located on the peaks of the coop. The interior light of the coop is on a timer set for 14 hours of daylight. When the timer turns the lights off for the evening, a light sensor kicks on the night light located on the rear wall which can be seen in one of the pics. The window, which is south facing receives the morning light, but is shaded by the overhang. I am thinking about adding a south/western facing window for afternoon light. I am still kicking around the idea of adding a poop board which can be accessed from outside the coop. The floor of the coop has sheet vinyl installed for easy cleanup. There is an outlet mounted in the floor for the heated water hookup. The water will be on an elevated stand with a hole in the top for the electric to be plugged into the floor.
And now the Journey begins
I wanted a coop that I could expand my flock, but you can downsize to fit your needs.
Scrub pines keep me busy cleaning up after storms. Luckily there are only a few more left that need to come down.
My backyard is nothing but hill! Finding a site that will work for me on the hill has been a real challenge. Start date 2/15/2012
Clearing out the dead wood and underbrush.
Time to move dirt, and dirt, and more dirt. I hate dirt!
Started on the pen with retaining walls and anchors.
Retaining walls are in, pen is level with dirt. Pen size is 11' x 12'. Hardware cloth needs to be installed on outside perimeter and back filled at a later date.
Started on 6' x 8' coop. Added insulation to the floor. You can see how high up on the hill it is located. Bringing up materials from the back yard was back breaking.
Coop walls are going up.
Roof trusses installed.
Installed 4 nest boxes. Boxes are 12" x 14" with an opening of 6" x 9".