The Pink Place
I've really needed to build a new coop lately, since we've acquired more hens and it got quite cold for a little while (I know they are fine out there but I just feel bad ), and then lastly, the coop we have now is extremely hard to collect eggs from, unnecessarily hard, actually, and I wanted something that was easier to collect from, easier to clean, and easier on the eye
I found all sorts of different coops that I could buy online that were beautiful and functional but very expensive :/ So my husband, being the Eagle Scout that he is, said, "Just get me some blueprints and I will build you whatever you want!". I couldn't say no to that, so I started looking online for ideas, and came across all the OUTSTANDING and beautiful coop ideas that all of you lovely people have happily poured so much time and energy into. I was so excited!
I finally found my favorite: designed and built by member whillo
I especially loved the hearts
I can never say no to any extra girlyness!
So I showed it to my husband, but unfortunately, he wasn't as gung-ho about it as I was!
So I decided to take matters into my own hands!
Even though I know nothing about building or construction or tools in general
I've been working on it for about a week now, and so far I am kind of close to being done. I have actually done EVERYTHING by myself! Once my husband taught me how to use a drill and work the circular saw, I was just workin' away!
I even got the supplies at Lowe's by myself!
I never would have thought I could do this, never, never, never, not in a million years.
That being said, there are OBVIOUSLY lots of things wrong with it (imperfect corners, lines that aren't straight, things I would have done differently if I had had the slightest clue) BUT nevertheless, I am so proud of it and can't wait to get the girls in there
Things that still need to be done are: framing for the roof
shingling the roof and nesting boxes
building their ramp
putting in the hardware cloth
put the door in
cutting out the hearts
and finishing the painting.
I also got some amethyst crystal cabinet knobs, since the pink wasn't girly enough
(excuse my mess, building gets messy when you are disorganized and have no clue what you're doing!)
I will be sure to update as I am getting ready to finish! I do hope to have it completed by next week sometime.
Thank you whillo for your awesome coop design and inspiration!
p.s. the color is called "Cotton Candy"
Update: January 19, 2012
So, We've gotten a few things done.
Most importantly, we have cut out the hearts
We put the front door on.
We added the plywood lid and shingles to the nesting box.
Finished painting most of the trim.
We got the a-frames in place on the roof (only 4, I wish it was five.)
We put the plywood roofing on.
(Please excuse the HUGE mess I have made)
(Below) Not happy about this huge gap/hole in the roofing AT ALL. I guess that's what happens when you get people that don't really care about the project to help you put roofing on I mean, there should be a frame there first of all, but definitely a triangle piece of plywood to close that up. Or else what's the point of even creating the little house?? I mean I know I am a "dumb young girl" but I am pretty sure I am right on this one!! I'm gonna have to fix that before we are finished.
Still left to do:
Add shingles and drip edge to the roof. (I honestly have no idea what drip edge is, my stepdad just told me I really needed it lol)
Cut out, paint, and attach chicken door and ladder
A second coat of pink on the back panel
Painting the top plywood triangles white
Adding the roosts
I have not yet added a separator to the nesting box, and am wondering if it is really necessary?
Lastly, add hardware cloth.
I have the perfect place for it in the yard
I preordered a couple of climbing Queen Elizabeth rose plants to line the sides
I can't wait!!
Now, just to figure out how to move it out of the garage