Super excited! DH decided my coop wasn't good enough @@**UPDATED PICS*

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stone_family3, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    so instead gave me the shed! It's much bigger and there is more potential [​IMG]

    I got it cleaned out and I'm trying to keep it simple and use materials that I already have. So far so good, biggest obstacle were the two mud dobbers I had to kill.

    Here is what I started with (well some of it..LOL)

    I added a lip to keep bedding and hay from falling out

    Here is my roost area with a poo tray

    I made a feeder out of a plastic bucket and a leaf blower tube.

    Here is the door from the inside (not quite finished still but is closed).

    Here is the outside of the door

    Here is their nesting boxes, plain old milk crates on a shelf.

    My daughter Sophie got a pic of me installing the sliding window.

    My helper [​IMG]

    Outside of the door and the window hole

    Inside of the window, the window slides open.

    Another outside pic of the window and door, window is just about finished with trim

    I used hay this time since my rabbit refused to eat it and I had pretty much a whole bale.

    Nesting boxes with hay

    Food and water area with nesting boxes

    Finally put Bruno and Mei in, used a baby gate since I'm not quite happy with the door yet and I felt better with just a bit more protection.

    Amount spent
    $35 for a tank of gas to get materials
    $3 for cable ties
    $10 for feed
    total spent: $48, everything else was recycled material or trash treasures
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  2. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    I don't even think I want to know what mud dobbers are! However, the shed sounds like it will be great. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
  3. afchicken

    afchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Quote:i do and want to see a picture
  4. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    They're a type of wasp, parents make a small mud tube and lay eggs and food then the babys grow and eat the food then try to sting you when you try and kill them. Luckily there were only two [​IMG]

    I hope to post pics soon, not much to look at now. I do have to hurry though Bruno and Mei are getting restless in the rabbit run.
  5. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Folks that don't know what mud dobbers are, where do you hail from? I thought everybody had mud dobbers.[​IMG]
  6. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I haven't heard of mud dobbers either [​IMG]

    We used a shed too! Best of luck with yours.
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    When I was a kid, we'd break open the mud dawber/dobber nests for fishing bait [​IMG]
    [​IMG] Yay on the shed!!!
  8. LeelooD

    LeelooD Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2011
    NW Florida
    Quote:I've always heard them called dirt daubers. We have the kind that just build a small, round, dome-shaped nest.
  9. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

    Apr 24, 2009
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    When we were younger, we called them "Dirt Dobblers". We didn't know better. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011

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