When we added a couple more chickens, we realized it's time for a real chicken coop.
While Milady was preparing the area and laying out the foundation, I was building the base of the coop.
First: I laid out the perimeter with treated 2x4s. These will set on top of the bricks.
I reinforced the corners.
Then I installed treated 2x4s vertically on the perimeter.
Here's a close-up of the corner's construction.
If you look closely, you'll see a layer of chicken wire dangling from the bottom of this base.
The orange gizmo is a level to help me identify "vertical." It doesn't go there automatically.
Getting a start on the frame for the roof.
We're planning an exit on the end, under the coop itself, to let the chickens in and out. We have odd ideas for this, involving a "chicken tunnel" to another area for them to roam.
Getting the screen up under the coop. Milady does details so much better than I.
And we have a roof up.
A good floor will be easy to clean. For this coop, that means linoleum. I've glued it on, and now I'm applying pressure the best way I know how.
There is a drawback. We've since found out that if they're tweaking out about something, then the pine shavings on the linoleum is awfully slippery. Several of them fell on their feathered little kiesters when they first arrived.
It was really funny, actually. I tried not to laugh. I failed.
Nesting boxes protruding out of the coop is traditional for a couple of reasons:
- It keeps the birds from roosting (and pooping) on the nests or nesting boxes.
- It makes it much easier to get at the eggs: don't have to go into the coop.
- It looks kind of cool.
Looks kind of glorious here, doesn't it?
Since it fits the raised beds, we might use it for a "mobile office" for the Ladies in the off-season.
Or we might sell it next spring and "re-coop" some of the costs of building the big one.
"No, girls. Those are for laying eggs, not for sleeping and pooping in."