UPDATE - It's About to Kill Us...Chicks out in New Coop!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SB Austex, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. SB Austex

    SB Austex In the Brooder

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    I think it will be worth it. Between my wishes around making it hen appropriate and predator proof and looking good and his insistence on building it right and making it look well built -- and the 90 - 100 degree weather with high humidity, it's very fortunate that we get along so well. I live in Austin only a few miles from the capitol so this is an urban coop/run. I'll build a coop page eventually but in the meantime....

    Framed coop:
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    Putting in the walls:
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    Nesting boxes - backs have holes for egg doors on outside.
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    Trench for buried panels around run
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    Close up of underground and bottom 4 feet of above ground panels: braced corners of 2 x 4 frames with hog wire for structure strength and 1/2 x 1 welded wire for critters:
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    Where we ended tonight:
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  2. 12henfun

    12henfun Songster

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    great work!!!!!
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Dang, that looks to be about 34th Street? Just off Guadalupe? Or N. Lamar?

    Great looking coop! There are a lot of raccoons in town and it looks like you have stymied them. [​IMG]

    ETA, can you tell I'm still homesick? (9 years and counting.)
     
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  4. SB Austex

    SB Austex In the Brooder

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    Similar to the 34th street area - lots of old live oaks. I'm in Travis Heights, just south of the river.

    ETA: Austin has a lot to be homesick about!!
     
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  5. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
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    Is it just me, or does anyone else love looking at pics where the family pet gets right in the way of the coop work? I see it a lot, cats, dogs, all "helping". So funny.

    Coop looks great by the way.
     
  6. SB Austex

    SB Austex In the Brooder

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    Yeah - and here is our other girl, Lily, 'helping' with trench digging:

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  7. MaureenL128

    MaureenL128 Songster

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    awesome! looking good guys!
     
  8. lurky

    lurky Songster

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    [​IMG] Very nice!!!!!
     
  9. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

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    Quote:Ha! Exactly! Too funny! [​IMG] It's like when you try to read a paper and the cat decides that's a perfect place to take a nap. [​IMG]
     
  10. mylittlechickpea

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    Wow!! Looks great!!! Can't wait to see how the finished project looks, awesome job! [​IMG] Your puppies are doing a great job, too [​IMG]
     

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