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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by green_thumb, May 19, 2019.
Great socket re-purpose!
It looks great. IMHO $500 for an Amish made coop is a steal. Yes, you put a lot of work into it to make it clean and safe for your flock. But still, you know it is solid and well built. Can't wait to see it completed with a flock of happy chicks.
That is awesome! I love it.
This Memorial Day weekend I spent every day working from dawn to dusk- I’m a big gardener so I’ve been trying to hustle and get things in the ground in between the endless rain we’ve been getting.
I made some great progress on the coop with my new circular saw!
First step was to replace the roof on the nest boxes.
(Here you can see the previous owners made holes for 3 eye bolts that were secured with c-clips to deter prying raccoon-y hands)
The holes were letting in rain as they had worn larger over time. The roof edges also hadn’t been sealed up quite right and the layers of the wood were starting to separate.
(Shiny and new! Will be painted along with the rest of the coop so you’ll never know the difference)
(I pried the interior framing off the old lid to reuse, since it was still in good shape)
I also added the guillotine style door to replace the swinging door to accomodate my plans for a chunnle/bridge from coop to run.
(I used a pulley left from another project and 160lb rated mason line for the string, tied to a screw on the door, with 1x4 for the track)
(I was pleased I got the groove lines aligned! Old door will stick around until I finish repairing the trim)
And finally, I also got the poop board put together. I used 1/2 plywood with 2x4 framing at 2’ deep. I plan to construct 1 roost that will be centered on the board.
(Poop board is held up by screws through the framing into the coop wall studs. It seems very sturdy)
I got a lot done but still loads to do. I go pick up the chicks from Meyers today so I am sure you will see some pictures tonight!
Good work there!
Does poop run from wall to wall, so that front 2x4 is screwed into wall framing at both ends?
Should be plenty stiff, unless you plan on filling it with PDZ or sand.
@aart Yes, it runs from wall to wall, it was a tight fit getting it in!
They’re here (yes, I know there’s a lot but some of these guys will be sent to freezer camp before winter, not all are staying long-term)
What a beautiful job! I love that Amish coop design, they are thousands of dollars now in that size... and then the shipping... I live in California, so just couldn't afford to buy one, but love seeing yours! Chicks are beautiful too! Do I see some EE's in there? So adorable...
This. Is. Fantastic.
Congrats on a job very well done!