I have wanted chickens all my life and finally my husband
said ok. Even though we live in a flood zone across from the NE Cape Fear River in Burgaw, NC, he came up with a design with everything I wanted in a coop and so much more.
It all started like this....with woods to be cleared.. It took almost 4 months.
The unconventional way to set pilings with logs.
The pilings in and flooring done.
Then we had a flood on July 4th, 2013! Glad its on 4 foot high pilings!
But the flood subsided and we carried on!
My husband working hard on making my dreams come true!
High tech laying box. My front load washer quit so I decided to get a top loader so instead of throwing away the pedestal, he cut out the top and added wire so I can see into it. To gather eggs I will pull open drawer, get the eggs, then push the drawer closed.
The view from the inside.
The feeder my husband designed and as you can see the girls are loving it.
So the sign is up and we are almost done with the project.
Chickens are loving the roosts in the run. The run also extends up under the coop for protection from the sun.
Here is the view from the firepit we put in, to sit out and enjoy watching the girls and the bunny....yes take note of the bunny house that is in the run. We so enjoy coming out at the end of the day and sitting back and relaxing.
Door into the run for easy access. Electric fence all the way around to protect them all from predators and neighborhood dogs.
You will notice bunny not in her house, but in the coop....had to put up a barrier on the ramp to keep her out. Chickens afraid of her, but slowly everyone is getting along much better.
Even our Coco getting in on the picture taking. The coop itself measures 8' x 10' with a 2' porch. The inside is divided into 2 sections with storage for food, etc. The run is 10' x 16' plus the area under the coop. Sunflowers planted around the coop that will be enjoyed by the girls later on. It has truly been a wonderful journey and I am so lucky that my husband did this, for not only me, but for our family. Hope you enjoy...I got so many great ideas from all of you! Will send updated photo when sunflowers bloom....can't wait!