So how much interest does the Piper charge?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kizanne, May 21, 2011.

  1. kizanne

    kizanne Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    Cause I"m gonna have to pay that piper later with interest!!!

    I got my chicks close to 8 weeks ago and started my coop that weekend.

    Then stuff happened, my mom started falling, my mom moved in, my mom died, a wren build her nest in a half finished wall. It was a very busy 6 weeks and the poor chickens didn't get a finished coop.

    So this weekend, determined they have to get out of their 2 foot tall brooder since some of them no are 2 foot tall and the space is too small I am putting the necessary items on like hardware cloth and doors. I will not have time to paint, not all interior boards are on (although the ones down bottom are), and I don't have a run yet. But my girls need more space and more head room so this will give them alot more space. Once the run is done, one weekend I'll throw them out of the coop, clean it and paint it and finish the interior wall. I know this will in the end take more time than painting now but... tomorrow is my daughters make up birthday party for the one we cancelled since it was 4 days after my mothers death. So tomorrow is shot and the light is waning. I feel bad because I read all the forums and had planned on following all the wonderful advice I had seen on building the coop including painting everything with a good easy to wash paint.

    So any suggestions on how to get those walls ready when I do have to pay this piper in about a month (make that close to 6 weeks cause the wren babies won't fledge for at least 4 weeks)? Maybe a floor brush and hot water? Or just scrap with a wire brush to keep the wood dry to be painted. How clean does it have to be for the paint to stick good? I think a wire brush will work.

  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I didn't read all your post cuz I'm in a hurry but.

    If you've got four walls and a roof and a secure door? I would move them to the coop. The walls can be finished later and you can throw up a simple run easy enough.
    Don't know where you live but.

    Home depot sells "culled" 2x4 and such and they're usually 48" high and that's plenty high enough for any chicken. I started with a small run attached to the coop so it's was three sides. Each time I added more I just took off the end and added two more walls. I have it wire together for the first years. It's now 24" long. I even made another on the other side of the coop.

    Hope you can get the idea. Part of it's covered with plastic and it is tall, but you can make your shorter.

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  3. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chirping

    Feb 7, 2011
    Lantana, Florida
    Wow, you've had quite a time - and all the time, those growing chickens in a brooder! I would put them out ASAP if I were you - build around them! They'll be happy to see you working in their area.

    All paint sticks to primer - I use Kilz, it sticks to anything, and then paint sticks to it. Sounds like you've had plenty of stress lately - don't stress about a perfect coop, just make sure the chickens are safe, the rest is incidental. So sorry you've lost your mom - mine lives with me, and I know that day will come, but not too soon, I hope. Relax and enjoy your daughter's birthday, and many hugs to you:D
  4. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    First off [​IMG] So sorry about your mom! Sheesh talk about stress!
    I agree with the killz IF you have time....otherwise your scrub /dry/ paint idea will have to work!
    But yeah..chuck em out there so you can get the BD party done at least.
    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  5. kizanne

    kizanne Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    thanks for the advice. I have some kilz

  6. Azriel

    Azriel Songster

    Jun 19, 2010
    Sorry about your Mom, I know how you feel, my Mom just passed this past Thurs, its been raining non-stop, can't start on the coop, I have 23 2 month old and 10 6 week olds in the basement, and 10 newly hatched to 2 weeks in the small brooder in the living room
  7. kizanne

    kizanne Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    day 4 is still very rough (or was for me). I'm on day 12 and found I;m moving forward now with bouts of brooding but My girls really needed out so I did it this weekend. working right now on a water stand so they can go out today. Almost ready.
  8. AZSummer

    AZSummer Chirping

    Apr 22, 2011
    I'm sorry to hear about your mother.

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