In the Brooder
- Jun 2, 2010
Where to start??? When we decided to "build" a chicken coop, we had a 12 x 20 shed that at the time we thought would be perfect to convert into a coop. Now keep in mind that we have only lived in our present home for approximatly 2 months. We bought this home on 5 acres in Kentucky with the dream of buildling our mini-farm. Chickens are first on the list. In order to recycle and reuse, we thought the shed would make a fine coop. The shed required extensive clearning and we really are not sure what was stored in their for the 15 years the shed stood prior to our owning the home. We went on our merry little way with cleaning the shed and transforming it into a coop. We put in a dividing wall so that part of the shed could be used for storage of chicken related supplies and the remaining 12x8 section remained for the chickens. We built in 3 nesting boxes, a roost, windows (although we need to add more ventilation) and chicken door and a 12x10 run. I would say we have about $500 in renovations at the moment. While it looks very nice, I still have some concerns. To begin, it still feels "yucky" in there (I think this may be remedied by a fresh coat of paint inside). The floors have some stains and I'm not sure what they are (I think this may be remedied with vinyl flooring) and I am concerned that predators may be able to dig under the run (again, can be remedied with burying fencing). I still feel like even with these fixes, there is the possiblity of things like mold etc... that we cannot see. So I told hubby tonight that I think we need to build a fresh coop. He is not opposed to this (because he is the best hubby in the world and tolerates my crazy antics... plus he loves the chicks too even if he won't admit it). But before we do this, I would love to know everyone elses thoughts on what to do. Am I just being a paranoid, overprotective new mom???