Coop building (Father's Day bonding time!) PICS!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by grullablue, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We worked on our coop this weekend. Yesterday was just getting the site prepped, moving, and leveling it, in between rain and hail storms. Today, we got a LOT accomplished! Some pics from yesterday (including the rainbow over the coop, right after we got it moved!).

    Today, the work was done by my husband and myself, and our 6 year old son, who was proud to have his own tool belt, dig out his tool box, and actually learned to use a cordless drill today!

    We have the chicken door framed in on the inside...hubby decided he'd just cut it out after he got the plywood up instead of before. I still have some screwing off to do on the plywood, but the battery died and we were just pooped, so that'll be finished tomorrow!

    The coop is 8x12, I'll have a 4x8 storage area in front, with access to the nest boxes from the backside of the boxes, (thru the storage area), and the chickens will have the other 8x8 area.

    Thanks for looking!
    Angie
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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    What a great way to spend a day. Building a coop with Dad!
     
  3. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    very cool! Love the rainbow!
     
  4. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

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    is that tractor lifting up the one side of the coop???
     
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Wish I had some of them tools! Man, would they make my work easier round here...
     
  6. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To make the zoning department happy, we had to move the coop to a new location (it's obviously portable, not on posts sunk into the ground. My husband used chains and that tractor to pick it up and move it to that location before we added any more weight to it. We have a pond in the back of our yard, and it had to be75 feet away from the pond, it was 72 feet away....and with a permanent fence in the way, we couldn't have moved it even three feet further away. So it's in the front of the yard now. It took two tries to move it, because we had a storm come through with a downpour and some hail, so hubby just left it where it sat (in the rain pic) and after the rain stopped, we set it up level, on the area he prepared for it.

    We don't own the tractor....we borrowed it from my brother in law. Neat little contraption! They have two....so we can get it whenever we need it pretty much! It's a Magnatrac, made right here in Wisconsin.

    Angie
     
  7. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

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  8. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you pick out the landscaping yet? I saw your earlier post but we were busy all weekend building OUR coop. I know you were looking for a zone 5 northern side plant - I have annabelle hydrangeas (white snowball flowers) growing along the north side of my house and they do awesome with almost zero maintenance other than trimming in the fall, but they do get big and wide/shrubby. Heck, I don't even water them - just wait for the rain. Day lillies were suggested earlier, which are certainly low maintenance, but can look weedy when they're not blooming, which is MOST of the time.

    Have fun! Your son looks like he's right at home with his tool belt and rechargeable screwdriver! Little man!
     
  9. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I haven't decided on plants yet, I have been thinking about it, and trying to picture a few things yesterday while standing around it... but I figured I had some time since the coop wasn't moved or done yet....but now's the time to start thinking harder!

    Angie
     
  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    We don't own the tractor....we borrowed it from my brother in law. Neat little contraption! They have two....so we can get it whenever we need it pretty much! It's a Magnatrac, made right here in Wisconsin.

    Otherwise called a Trac-Hoe. I'd love to have one.​
     

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