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By pevan10, Jul 11, 2012 | Updated: Jul 29, 2012 | | |
  1. pevan10
    Fun and games building our first chicken coop and run.

    I'm taking some long service leave so we have decided to start building a chicken run. We chose a location towards the back of the yard behind our new fruit orchard. We think it will blend in here.


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    Construction is nearly complete on the coop. Here is a quick tour.




    First step was to remove some of the soil in the area to try and level the site a bit. As it turned out there was quite a bit more soil (actually mud after the rain) than I thought.

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    Once the unwanted soil was removed I set out the boundary sleepers and posts. The scattered newspapers were an attempt to reduce the impact of the mud.


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    After the sleepers were in place I used them to position the fence posts prior to cementing them in. This gave me a clearer idea of where I was eventually going to place the coop.

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    Time to add the railings that will hold the aviary mesh.


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    I've dug trenches around the perimeter with the intention of putting the aviary wire and fine gravel in place to deter digging pests. I have seen a few suspicious holes in the garden.
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    I picked up three sheets of roofing today so I can work out the overall dimensions of the coop. I've sketched out a plan but it is still good to see the parts full size.
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    The first two posts for the coop are in place,
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    and are cemented into the ground.
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    Two more posts in place and the first of the bearers for the roof.


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    The basic nest box frame starts to take shape. The weather has fined up a bit.

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    Roof sheets are on so I have got somewhere to hide when the rain comes back!
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    I have left the space between the rafters and the beams for some ventilation.
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    The insulation is in place with a lining of polythene.
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    100 x 16 fence palings seal up the fibreglass insulation and add a rustic touch.
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    Some 2 x 4s and plywood and I have two of the back access doors in place.
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    Time to start the framing for front windows.
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    Add two doors for getting to the egg boxes.
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    A vent above the egg box that can be closed for bad weather. Apparently chickens let out a lot of ammonia.
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    I've added insulation to the access doors.
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    The coop construction is nearly complete. I'll put the windows in after the painting. [​IMG]

    A reasonably fine day so let's start the painting.
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    Undercoating of the interior is complete.
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    Outside undercoat complete!
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    Next job is to put drainage in around the coop. I had some gravel and pvc piping lying around so this should keep the area dry.

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    And then some coarse sand over the top.
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    First coat of trim colour is on.

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    The avairy



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  1. Stumpy
    Looks great!
  2. judyki2004
    there you go girl, looking good so far!
  3. pevan10
    I'm writing it as I go. It isn't a story I'm pulling out of my head, I'm actually doing it and recording it as I do it.
  4. chrismbhc
    That's it???? Where's the rest of the story....

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