We began this project back in May. My husband had to excavate (dig) out part of the side of the mountain to level out an area to put the coop. We planned to use an existing storage building (6 x 8) as the hen house. He dug out and poured footers and built a block wall around it. He added wood and screen on top of the walls and topped it with a metal roof.
He painted the floor of the henhouse and the insides of the nest boxes with an epoxy paint. Built a poop board and put stainless steel on top of it. We are using sand and plan to add PDZ to it. He found some old oak railings that he used for roosts (he put rubberized undercoating on them and then enamel) and added a board over the roosts to keep the draft off the chickens (vents on either side of the upper walls).
He built steps to go up to the roosts.
Here is the leftover hand railing that he made into a swing.
Here it the last scrap of the railing that he made roosting areas inside the coop.
My one contribution, made curtains out of vinyl tablecloth (unbacked) for the nest boxes.
There are storage cabinets inside the coop for feed and other necessary items.
The ladder from the coop to the hen house.
Made the PVC feeders and hung them in the coop.
And PVS waterers with the little cups that will fill with water.
The coop and henhouse, view from the old coop.
Put nesting sheets in the boxes.
He fixed the outside of the boxes to where you can open the top to gather eggs and then the front side opens for cleaning.
We are going to get our pullets from a friend who has been fostering them for us until we could get the coop finished. Eight silver laced wyandottes....... can't wait to get them.
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