"Fort Scrub Oak" -- New Pictures on Page 4

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sillybirds, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Ok, here's an update on our new chicken saga...

    The week after the awful "garage massacre" (which occurred about 5 weeks ago -- see post here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=78120 ), we got 8 replacement chickies. I was glad our local feed store had a nice selection of 1 1/2 week old sexed chicks (that they got from Privett Hatchery). It helped ease the pain of losing our original 10 a little. We now have one Delaware, one Silver Laced Wyandotte, two Brown Leghorns, two Black Australorps, and two Light Brahmas. We like our new birdies a lot, but they're already 7 weeks old and are getting huge!

    The coop's taking longer than expected to build. I've enjoyed looking at all the nice coops here on BYC, gathering ideas. Since I have no construction experience, I decided to go with a relatively simple design, a rectangular building about 4 1/2 X 6 1/2 ft., with shed style roof. The siting of coop, on a hillside amongst some scrub oak, is making contruction more difficult. The foundation is set on four piers set in concrete.

    Here's the progress so far:

    Baby steps...

    Well, I'd better stop typing and start building! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2008
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    It looks great so far. I like your little helpers! [​IMG]

    Can't wait to see more progress pics soon!
  3. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your property looks a lot like ours!!!! Lots of hills, rocks, and oak. At least the big oaks provide shade for the birds!!!

    You've got a great start to a coop there - I'm sure your girls will love it.
  4. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Good start, can't wait to see more.
  5. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    Looks like you're off to a great start! We're just building a run now, and our terrain looks much like yours. Since we're in the Sierra foothills most of our property is hilly.

    Looking forward to following your progress.
  6. La Banan

    La Banan Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2008
    Looks like a great start and building on a slope is positive in the world of chickens cuz the water will roll down the hill not pool and cause problems. That's what I tell myself anyway! I'm trying to do my run which is also terrible sloped. hmmmm....
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    It looks great so far! You're off to a great start! [​IMG]
  8. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    What a wonderful start!
  9. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Thanks for the words of encouragement!

    I got a little more done today... got the floor plywood down. I also mulled over some design issues regarding construction of the nest boxes and windows. Kids cleaned the oil off of the galvanized steel vents so we can prime them and then (hopefully) the paint will stick.


    skeeter9 and ChanceRider: I'm in California too, so that's probably why our land looks similar. [​IMG]

    LaBanan: I too hope our chickens like hills and rocks, 'cause that's what they're getting! No lush grassy lawn for them. [​IMG] Good luck with your hilly run.
  10. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Oh, by the way, here are our girls, enjoying a treat of yogurt and broccoli. I call this the "Pullet Pinwheel" [​IMG]


    (I'm almost embarrassed to post this picture as our chicks have long outgrown their brooder! I'll probably get busted by that new law [they're trying to pass] against overcrowding chickens!) [​IMG]

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