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western maryland coop

Fou goes upndation in and first wall

 

three walls up

 

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Getting approval

 

Interior roosts done, floor down,walls insulated and 6 mill plastic vapor barrier. This spring i hope to line the inside walls with quarter inch luann plywood and paint

 

Coop at Christmas 2012. hope to add metal roof and exterior nest boxes this spring

 

West side of coop. Plan on cutting out little squares of plywood that are painted red on windows and replace with plexiglass to alow more natural light

 

Roof framing with rafter ties in place. This roof is not going anywhere

 

Our cat charlie, who we saved as a kitten when we found him down at our camp is giving the coop his approval

 

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Everyone getting settled in for the night

 

View of the pop door

 

One light fixture i have on a timer. This winter i have a 100 watt light bulb in it for a little heat i hope. I have it set to come on at 4 pm, about a hour before the girls go in for the night and stays on till 8. Then it goes off till 5 am and comes back on till 9 am, about the time i let them out for the day. Hopefully with the insulation it will hold some heat.

 

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Temporary nest boxes i made from milk crates and a little plywood. The plan is to build some exterior boxes come spring

 

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Ramp

 

Added some old fence i had laying around as skirting to two sides to give the girls a shady spot to hang in summer and also serves as a wind break in winter. Now if i could just train them to take their baths under there.

 

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Missing hen check

 

Describe 'western maryland coop' here                  This is my coop i build out of necessity when my son brought home 5 hens and a rooster one day a friend had givin him. with no housing for them i had to get something built before our often cold winters here in western maryland set in. I still have to put on a metal roof and finish up some trim work on the outside i hope to do this spring. I had no real plans when i started building it. I am  union carpenter of 32 years so i just kinda built it as i went. I think it turned out pretty well and my girls seem to love it. When we first got them i threw 4 sections of wooden fence together for a temporary house for them that was not predator proof by any means. After a week or two in that,i went out to collect eggs on day and was suprised by a 5 foot black snake with his head in the nest box going after my eggs. Now the girls are movin on up   to the east side    to that deeeluxe chicken coop   in the skycelebrate.gif                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Comments (3)

Wow how nice and with lighting too.
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