The Coop has begun!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bakindance, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. bakindance

    bakindance Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 1, 2010
    Ontario Canada
    We are still finishing it. But here is what we have so far.

    We used pressure treated lumber for the base, and weedcloth in the run area. That area will be filled with river sand.

    A close up of the run area, we put chicken wire underneath just in case something managed to dig underneath and try to get up through the sand.

    The framing has begun!

    Windows are in

    Almost there...we got the hardware installed, and the insulation inside is done. The soffits are fully sealed with hardware cloth, as are all of the nooks and crannies.

    We had a bit of snow yesterday which slowed us down a bit.

    We still need to finish the electrical, and get the run area completed. I am considering whitewashing the interior of the coop, and then we have to put in the roost and the nest boxes. Hubby is going to put a plug just outside of the run area to plug in my heated waterer. And there will be three lights, one in the run area, one in the hen house, and one coach light outside of the door. More photos to come! I am so grateful I have a hubby who is handy. [​IMG]
  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    WOW!! Looking good!! [​IMG]

  3. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    Very nice..(except the snow).
  4. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    Great job!! [​IMG]
  5. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    That is looking really great. Love the black hardware. Be sure to use 2 x 4 with wide side up for your roost so your chickens can keep their feet warm at night.

    You will need to compact the sand down in the run to prevent the chickens from scratching up the weed cloth. They LOVE to scratch and spend most of their day time doing it unless you will let them out to free range.

    I look forward to seeing how you progress.
  6. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wonderful coop! Great photo's !
    Awesome hubby!
  7. bakindance

    bakindance Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 1, 2010
    Ontario Canada
    More photos of what we did last night

    Nest boxes

    10 in total

    Will I need another "step" at the very top of the ramp?

    I love this part, he hinged it so that I can hook it to the ceiling for easy cleaning of the run area. [​IMG]

    This has to go on a pulley system, so I am looking for ideas.

    Inside nest boxes. I am going to do the floor in linoleum, I am thinking of doing the top of the next boxes too for easy cleaning?

    Light to extend the daytime hours

    Plug for my heated waterer

    Outside run light

    Door to the run area

    I am thinking of putting the roost in opposite the nest boxes, but higher. Would that work?
  8. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    looking good. ! [​IMG]
  9. Rivers

    Rivers Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2010
    Looks amazing,

    but I thought Id warn you that chicken wire rusts when you have it against the ground like that, the galvanised coating does not last long in those conditions.
  10. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Great Job!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]

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