(I've gotten some questions about chickens and coop building and so I'm going to do my best to tackle them later this week -- if you want to know anything about my experience so far (since I'm practically a poultry expert and a master farmer at this point) shoot me a question via the comments section or an email and I'll do my best to get it into the post)
Mark my words, these birds will be out of my house when I leave for Snap! later this week, even if my kids have to eat PB&J's for every single meal until then because I'm outside working on the coop. The birds are big and feathery, kicking up dust in my basement and frankly they're starting to smell a little.
I they need fresh air and space and bugs.
(Look, it's a real chicken butt! I'm not juvenile at all.)
When I get stressed out I tend to get sick, and this coop has been weighing heavily on my mind and consuming most of our weekends for a while -- so color me stressed out. Between the giant chickens needing a home, several recent musical commitments that I'm wading through and some other craziness in my personal life, I wasn't surprised when this weekend I woke up with a cold. I've spent the last couple of days on autopilot, screwing on cedar siding while I daydreamed about naps.
This weekend we finished putting the siding over the insulation, we hung the large door into the coop, we built and installed the ramp into the run, built the track for their little coop door and finished building the nesting boxes.You can see that in my determination to get this coop done quickly, I nixed painting it - sadness, I know. Maybe I'll go back and make it a fun color later this year, but for now I just need it to be done.
The cedar matches my kids' clubhouse though, and I am liking how it camouflages the coop when you're standing on the back deck... so who knows, maybe I won't paint it!
Hopefully I'll be on the mend this week and I can finish up the few things to make the coop liveable (not to be confused with finished) before I head out for the weekend...
- Build roosts
- Hang egg collection door
- Staple wire to window in big coop door and add interior trim to cover sharp ends
- Add trim to cover any interior cracks and caulk with weatherproof silicone
- Install locks on all exterior access doors
- Staple wire around entire run & cover any sharp ends with trim
- Build 2x4 door to run
- Install roof
I can totally do it, right?