Winter accommodations - lotsa pics

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lisebarb, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. lisebarb

    lisebarb Songster

    Just thought I'd put up some pics of our hastily assembled winter accommodations. We built the Catabwa Coop this fall but as it got colder, we figured it wouldn't be warm enough to keep our girls over the winter. Just after we got our girls I was in a little car accident and haven't been able to properly build them anything so we rigged up a winter run in the lean-to behind our shed.

    We live in a cottage and the "shed" is where our furnace and hot water tank are so it's attached to the house and the temp in there never gets to freezing point.

    We've had our first real snowfall as there was a winter storm today. We don't usually have this much snow and when we do it doesn't last long.
    We laid a sheet of plastic over the Catawaba coop then laid a couple of sheets of that styrofoam sheeting they use on the outside of houses over that and weighed them down with some scrap lumber.

    I had a big cardboard box and so I folded it and cut it to wedge here to cover the ends. You can see how we backed the coop into the end of the lean-to.

    A little better pic of how the coop meets the lean-to.

    We covered the open areas of the lean-to first with plastic hardware cloth (so much easier to work with than the wire stuff). Then covered everything in plastic sheeting which makes a big "tent".

    Here's the other end where we can access the inside and commune with our gals.

    Inside it's quite cozy. An infrared heat lamp keeps the temp just above freezing and the girls love the space.


    Since I'm still recovering and can't build, I put an old saw horse and a couple of small logs inside for the girls to climb on.

    Incidentally, we keep a couple of 55 gal drums in the shed filled with composting worms. Here's a couple of pics of those bins:

    And the little worms themselves. We've tried feeding them to the chickens and they will peck at them but otherwise seem disinterested. They do, however, go crazy for crickets and were in "bug heaven" this fall when the crickets were out. We're going to try and feed them some worms again now that the gals are older and see if they'll eat them.
  2. portlandpeeps

    portlandpeeps Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    Portland Oregon
    They look snug and happy to me! They look like they're camping out. Good job keeping them warm and healthy during a cold winter!
  3. lisebarb

    lisebarb Songster

    Quote:Thanks! They say necessity is the mother of invention so I just did the best I could. I've got plans though to build them a proper winter/summer coop this spring. Then I think I might get 4 more hens!
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    They say necessity is the mother of invention

    My son always told me that mother is the necessity of invention. [​IMG]

    Looks like you have done a great job of keeping your girls warm and dry. Though the heat lamp makes me nervous, paranoid person that I am. I think I would make a cage out of wire hardware cloth just to keep them from accidentally tossing some hay up there and starting a fire. Especially with it attached to your home. imho.​
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    lol..they DO look like they are camping out! cute!..and they look nice and warm to me....good job!
  6. Beau coop

    Beau coop Songster

    May 19, 2008
    oops sorry wrong thread!
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2008
  7. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Fountain, Florida
    Wow...all that snow! Your chickens look happy with their house! [​IMG]
  8. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    They all look nice and cozy!

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