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Le Poulailler

By Frenchicks, Mar 5, 2013 | | |
  1. Frenchicks
    I settled in a tiny farm where there is much to do yet. However I was wanting chicks and decided making a coop was the first thing I should do... but having no spare money to put into the project, I had to manage with whatever materiels I could salvage.
    This is what I had:

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    I decided to tear down part of the walls and re-use the wood for the coop itself.
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    It turned out the wood was oak which is nice but really hard wood to saw! Slowly but steadily I cut down and built the coop inside the right hand side corner of what was to become the run.

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    I used a pallet for the floor both of the coop and the nesting boxes. Then I built the walls with a pop-door.

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    I put in a roosting pole and made an opening so I could reach the eggs from the outside. The human's door gives access for cleaning and there's a poop board under the roosting pole.

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    Finally I put up the hardware cloth and a second door that I found lying around in the stables to get in and clean the run. The only things I bought were the screws, two locks and the hardware cloth (terribly expensive!) Total: 32 euros wich is roughly 42$.
    I still want to change the roof to make it a little less shabby but that will just have to wait a while.

    The girls moved in yesterday and look content, though a little surprised.

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    By the way if anyone could tell me what this chick is, they're called K├ękette around here but that just means little hen.

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  1. Frenchicks
    Thanks everyone for your nice comments, cheers me up. I do hope I'll get the roof done better some day soon.
  2. Stumpy
    Great job! I like the rustic look. Hardware cloth is expensive here, too!
  3. jenfarsh
    Well done! This old barn is coming back to life!
  4. celticgarden
    Nice work, good looking hen!
  5. paridisefarm2009
    Way to go Great Job

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