The Sanctuary

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 65browneyes, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know all you expert builders out there will think this silly, but when I consider the fact that I don't build anything outside of the kitchen (salad, cake, cookies, pasta, etc), I'm pretty proud of this little charmer.

    My broody and her lone, 5 week old chick have tired of the solitary confinement inflicted on them all those weeks ago. I needed to move them, but didn't want to throw that poor little chick to the "wolves" in the main flock just yet. And, I still had 8 week old Polish in the nursery.

    I felt like the Polish needed to be in with the rest of the flock (I'm hoping all goes well tonight and in the morning), but they are small enough that I thought they might need a shelter they can go to get away from the big girls.

    So, I set out to build it for them. Mother's Day weekend, we tore down an OLLLD barn and haven't managed to clear all the 'debris' from that away yet. I went scavenging and found 12 pieces of 2 x 4's in approximately the same lengths.

    I wanted to do this project by myself, without having to rely on DH for anything. I didn't want to use any power tools (I won't even use an electric knife!! LOL), so I didn't want to have to cut any wood.

    I got the frame built, started looking through the scraps from the barn for a suitable piece of plywood for a top. Found a lot of too big, too long, too short, too small; but kept going back to one sheet of 5/16s. It was the right width, but far too long. I broke and asked DH to cut it for me. I know, I know, I could have cut it myself, I just honestly didn't want to. I'm too clumsy to be trusted with power tools, remember? LOL

    DH cut it for me, DD and I painted it to protect it from the weather a bit, and this is what I came up with. Here you see the front view. I cut a doorway out of the chicken wire and covered it with a length of old rubber garden hose. I split the hose, fed it over the sharp edges of wire, and basically 'sewed' it on with the wire that wrapped the new roll of chicken wire that I bought months ago.

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    And, a side view. DD put our silky rooster, Sparky on top for fun.

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    It measures approximately 24" deep x 28" wide x 24" tall.

    Pics are big again, and I KNOW I resized them, honest! LOL
     
  2. paisleycj

    paisleycj Out Of The Brooder

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    I like what you did with the garden hose, good idea. It's always a good idea to not to push your limits with power tools. The accidents can be pretty unforgiving. I use power tools, but I grew up around them. I also have a pretty patient brother that shows me how to use them correctly. My son (he's 25) was giving me pointers on using a table saw the other day. That was a very neat experience.
     
  3. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea!

    Empowering, isnt it? [​IMG]
     
  4. warsaw

    warsaw Out Of The Brooder

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    I think its a great idea
     
  5. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In all fairness, the garden hose was DH's idea. I was going to just use duct tape on the sharp edges. The garden hose will last longer, and I think it is a better alternative.

    I haven't seen any of them in it today, but they've definately enjoyed standing (and pooping) on it! LOL Glad I took the pics last night 'cuz it ain't pretty today! LOL
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hmmm, that gives me some idea of what to do when my chicks hatch.
     
  7. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought the smaller ones would really appreciate having a 'safe zone' from the big girls, but they sure haven't used it! LOL

    Maybe I need to add a neon "OPEN" sign above the door? LOL
     
  8. FloridaChickenChick

    FloridaChickenChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great idea! Next time, your construction project might be a little bigger and more complicated...or not.

    I'm stealing your hose idea (YOU sewed it. That makes it YOUR idea.). [​IMG]
     
  9. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You go, girl! That garden hose thing is brilliant!
     
  10. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:HA!! I'm telling DH in the morning that the hose is MINE! LOL!! Thanks for pointing that out for me!![​IMG]
     

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