After 3 weeks of intense graft the coop is up and my three Sussex light chicks have a home of their own! :yiipchick I have had just about enough of their stinky butts in my passage! At 6 weeks they seem to be fine outside. Cape Town has warm evening temperatures this time of year. I wanted something simple but aesthetically pleasing and decided to design a coop that is quite plain but with some Victorian accents.
This being my first foray into anything of this kind- we did needlework- not woodwork at school!- the project saw more than just a bit of blood sweat and tears!!- and all my nails are gone! I hope the chicks appreciate the sacrifice!
I used exterior ply for the walls that was attached to a internal pine skeleton. The coop measures +~ 90 x 130 cm. The roof is covered with a tar treated material- I would have loved shingles- but these are not readily available in South Africa.
Besides the front door it has large access doors at the back for room service and cleaning.
Time will tell what should have been done differently, at this stage I am pleased with how the coop has turned out- once it has made it through the winter rains I will be super pleased!!!