1. jespere
    We started building the new coop! Its a 6x3 tractor with a slanted tin roof and coop with nesting boxes and a roost. So excited!! Here are the plans:

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    After cutting the major pieces and starting to notch all the lap joints... plus a close up of the notches.
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    This is a close up of the lap joint after being glued and attached. Notice the seamstress notations! *My addition* to his carpentry skills. :)

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    Hard at work rasping and filing!
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    Things are starting to come together!!
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    Starting to paint!!

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    Got the walls cut and fitted for the Hen house. Next is to paint and attach them. We are saving that door until last...

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    Just another view. Notice that the side wall goes all the way down to the bottom of the coop. We were not going to keep that but they love sitting in there in the temp coop.

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    And, one of the ladies checking out the new digs! She was confused to say the least but it looked like a good curious confusion.
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    We fitted the roof slats and finished painting last week. Last night, we attached the first section of hardware cloth. Hopefully, the ladies should be enjoying the new coop by tonight!!!

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    Tin roof held on with 3/4 inch roofing screws (rubber seal).​

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    The ramp, being held on with an eye and hook assembly that came with the screen door assembly
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    [​IMG]The Finished Chicken Mansion!!![​IMG]


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    And, with the coop door open (french doors!)

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    She's not too sure about this ramp thing ... but she'll get there.



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    Thanks for looking!!
    2/19/2012

    Update: Wood used was 1/2 inch OSB board, similar to plyood in durability but much cheaper. Has lasted two+ years with the initial two coats of paint.​

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  1. BantyChooks
  2. jespere
    To answer a few of the questions about the wood, we used OSB for the panels. It's in between ply and particle board and is quite heavy and durable. With the paint on it, it hasn't warped, deteriorated, or otherwise shown wear and tear. We haven't repainted as it still isn't needed. Additionally, the roof looks as good as the day it was installed!
  3. jespere
    Thanks all, the coop is still in great shape. The icicle lights eventually stopped working so we replaced it with some white rope lights we found on clearance in mid 2013. Works great, even now. We never got around to adding wheels to the coop and so I wish we made the run a bit bigger for days we didn't have time to let them out to wander the yard. Unfortunately, after a little more than two years, a predator got into the coop this morning sometime and took our little ladies. We're going to renovate the coop and add some predator protection before getting new bantys.
  4. teneyck farms
    cool i like the lights i use rope light
  5. teneyck farms
    cool i like the lights i use rope light
  6. Chickenfan4life
    I agree with Sally Sunshine. I might build a coop with waferboard, but am wondering how hardy it is. Beautiful coop, jespere! I love,love, LOVE the lights!
  7. Red Barn Farms
    Looks very pretty night or day!
  8. Sally Sunshine
    nice looking! how long will particle board last in the weather like that? our ply was expensive!
  9. bk2gther
    Great job i luv the lights!!
  10. foxappleton
    You finished it on my Birthday!
  11. Whittni
    Nice job!
  12. ParistoCapeCod
    J'espere les poules y'aiment bien!
  13. jespere
  14. Baitboy
    Your attention to detail really shows in the final product. Good job!
  15. hangartnerchix
    I love the lights!
  16. campclaus
    So festivable! Good job!

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