A Frame Ze Plan

  1. O.Wendell Douglas
    In the beginning....

    I had the urge to move to the country. She was a city girl with a penchant for shopping. You probably saw the television series modeled after us...

    Design Principles....

    • easy cleaning, so easy my wife could do it!
    • child-friendly, so they might someday assume some duties and satisfy their curiosities
    • accessible, so that we all might be able to harvest eggs, clean the house, etc.
    • inexpensive, so that it might some day be actually built
    • recycled, built by-and-large of repurposed materials
    • wary of predators (we have coyotes, snakes, cats, etc.)
    • room for 20 layers, at 4sq ft per bird, thus 80 sq ft
    • considerate of our climate, central Kansas

    Here is the beginning of our coop:
    AHHHHHHH can't figure out how to host/post pics

    Update: May 30, 2011
    This is not a cheap venture, is it? Even with reclaimed, salvaged, etc...
    $70 2x4's, screws, etc.
    $100 chicken wire for moat (to be around the garden, will need much more wire, yet to come)
    $100 chicken wire for run
    $70 hardware cloth for hen house
    I think I've spent too much time on it already, but then most of the investment has been ciphering and thinking things through on site. I am using junk around the farm, so I have to design to fit. I spent 2 days framing, another day re-framing, 2 days on the original tin, 1 day on tin work since, 4 hours on trenching and hardware cloth work so far....so since Spring Break, I've invested what seems like about 6 days on it. I keep thinking that it will break loose and go faster here sometime.

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