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Chicken Coop Remodel UPDATE: Lots of photos, Roof is on!

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LOL I know this coop looks awful. It was originally our goat shed and thus was a temporary set-up for the goats over the winter. The goats now live in the old chicken shed (a huge shed, way too big for our needs and it was horrible to clean but worked out awesome for the goats). This shed is 6x6ft and is insulated well. Obviously this shed will be a tad too small for the birds when the young ones move in and the roof is sketchy at best.  In addition, the shed sits on an unprotected hill out in the elements (most notably SUN). Come next week we should have a new roof on it, and it should be moved under an area of trees to the side of our house. We are also expanding on it, creating another 6x6ft section before the winter comes as well as adding to the height of the actual structure to give us enough headroom for an average sized steel door (with openable window).

These are the before shots..

The shed itself. See the sketchy roof. Hate the sketchy roof. Obviously my roof building skills are lacking (and this was a quick fix for the winter). Yes, those are rocks in the gaps LOL and the sides are covered in hardware cloth.

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/lupinfarm/Misc%20Farm%20Photos/chickenshedbefore.jpg

And this is the new roof to go on, we have to take the plywood off before installing but its one gigantic unit that we'll lift onto the shed and secure with those nifty securing brackets you can get a Lowes. This is a small roof compared to some and the building is fairly small so after speaking to a few people I determined it'd be no big deal to use the nifty roof brackets.

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/lupinfarm/Misc%20Farm%20Photos/newroof.jpg

Yes that hole is for a roof vent. I bought, since it was only $28, a clear square roof vent (like the ones on houses). I'm going to put hardware cloth on the roof on the inside so if something gets in through the vent thats about as far as it will be going.



I will be updating this almost daily, tomorrow the new roof meets the old building.


Edited by Chick_a_dee - 7/10/10 at 4:15pm
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post #2 of 9

Looks like you are off to a great start.. Keep the pics coming

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Today my brother and I took the entire roof off the chicken shed and removed all the interior pieces (nest boxes and feeders) so we could get the new roof into place. The structure for the new roof, as you know, was built on the ground and is one solid piece ready to be installed.

Here is the shed without the roof...

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/lupinfarm/Misc%20Farm%20Photos/IMG_06571.jpg

And after we hoisted the roof structure onto the building. We still have to secure it into place and put the plywood back on it, install the roof vent and make it predator proof enough for the night. Tomorrow we will finish closing up the soffits with hardware cloth likely.

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/lupinfarm/Misc%20Farm%20Photos/newroofon.jpg

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Here it is at the end of the day. It is far from being completely predator proof, so we're going to use our rock trick tonight and set rocks up on the sill. Mostly its predator proof though and Kevin and I will take turns staying up tonight to ensure the chickens are fine overnight. I would be finished with the hardware cloth and all that but I ran out of washers and the hardware store closed at like 4pm so I'm out of luck tonight for it and cannot justify a trip to Lowes.

Front View


http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/lupinfarm/Misc%20Farm%20Photos/IMG_06601.jpg


Side View, the triangle openings at the side have hardware cloth in them on the inside. We are going to be siding them and leaving smaller openings for our vents as I had originally planned on putting one large triangular door on but it interferes with the roof line. Oh well.

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/lupinfarm/Misc%20Farm%20Photos/sideofshed.jpg


Inside View

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/lupinfarm/Misc%20Farm%20Photos/insidechickenshed.jpg


And just for fun, Cruickshanks who is enjoying life as an INDOOR kitty smile It seems we now have 3 indoor/outdoor kitties.

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/lupinfarm/Misc%20Farm%20Photos/cruickshanks.jpg

There is still much to do on the chicken house. I need to paint it still and install the soffits as well as put the roofing tin on and secure the roof vent. Lottssss to do. Plus moving it and putting an addition on it.

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post #5 of 9

Good job!!! Have fun moving it wink

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post #6 of 9

Looking good. Please keep the pics coming:pop

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Originally Posted by aka Rachel 

Good job!!! Have fun moving it wink


Haha I'm sure we will. I plan on jacking it up on car jacks and attaching wheels to it and then rolling it from that location down the driveway to the new location.

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post #8 of 9

Looking great... thumbsup

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post #9 of 9

Looks like the remod is going great. you must post pics on moving day, it will be just like mega movers LOL!ya

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