"Eggtopia" 10-19-08 update pg 8 The Girls are Inside...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cetawin, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Well we have gotten moved and are still unpacking and two of my girls have started laying. Now they are still in my portable hot tub frame so I immediately ran to husband with egg in hand and said "Dear time to start the coop...we are OUT of time!" [​IMG] DD has named the coop "Eggtopia" and so it shall be, besides I like the name too. [​IMG]

    So, DH, an extended family member and a friend sat down and began planning my coop. [​IMG] MY coop not THEIR coop MINE MINE MINE....but, they finally came up with a 12' x 12' coop that is being built as if it it Fort Knox (for security) and a Castle (for defense). This is what happens when you have two retired green berets and one former marine building a coop. I even overheard discussion of a mine field and booby traps on the perimeter...I left the room at that point! [​IMG]

    So, 9, yes 9 concrete pillars were placed down and tested by the DD jumping up and down on them.


    Then began the preparations for the floor joists and flooring.


    The plan: pressure treated 4 x 4's on the concrete pillars to level the floor frame area and 2 x 6's for frame and joists, with 2 x 4 cross bracing. And marine grade 1" plywood for the floor. [​IMG]

    Joists being set into place....


    The plywood going down ....


    the discussion of how wonderful they are and how great the coop will be, what kind of flooring inside, what type of roofing material and blah blah....


    I can only begin to imagine what the walls will be framed with at this point. I have given up discussing it with them and told them "Build the coop, make it secure and protect my girls". I listen to their discussions and hear things like "Well we could use 9 gauge chain link for the run and welded wired cloth on the inside... heck that would keep a bear locked up so it should keep one OUT!" or "I think the girls need skylights so they have the morning sun coming in for them" or "I think the girls will need this or that" These are the moments I leave the room or area. [​IMG]

    I will update as progress continues.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2008
  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Awww.......men can be so sweet when they get all motivated on stuff like this. [​IMG] Sounds like your girls will be well protected. Looks great so far!!!! [​IMG]
  3. vicky

    vicky In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2008
    Brisbane, Australia
    wow! That place looks massive. :)

    I can't wait to see more photos.
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Thank you...I was having my coffee when the Friend and his son showed up to say...

    "We are going right past the tile place...what color flooring do you want for the girls?"

    I just laughed and said..."Oh I dunno, anything pretty" [​IMG]
  5. wishin4chicken

    wishin4chicken Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    Hayden Lake, Idaho
    I love it! Look forward to watching your progress. [​IMG]

  6. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    don't forget the moat![​IMG]

    looks like it's going to be great! when they are done, send them over here! someone just gave me a play house that is being moved....do they accept pizza and thank you's?[​IMG]

    hope it is as great as you want!
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Ah yes...they do accept pizza and thank you's. But they are a nuisance so I will not burden you with the three of them. [​IMG]

    It will be great I am sure. I just bought a door and two windows for it and have to go back and pick them up with the truck later. So, it is moving along. hehehe

    [Edit] PS...they talked about a moat too! Also chicken operated catapults and trebuchets. Could you imagine the surprise for the fox....he sees chicken dinner and then flaming eggs being lobbed at him with the sound of an evil cackling in the background (produced by my Light Brahma Lilly who sounds like a growling bear at times of agitation)? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2008
  8. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

    Jun 18, 2007
    Can't wait to see how it progresses. Sounds like it will be nice and big [​IMG]
  9. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Looks great!
  10. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    This looks great, cannot wait to see more pictures. Just give up and rename it Fort Eggtopia when they bring in the concertina wire.[​IMG]

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