We are taking the plunge! We’ll be getting a couple of chicks the last week of April (after our road trip to Cali) and we decided that we better think about a coop for them to live in before we get too far into things. I thought and thought about what our coop should look like, where it should go, how much room the chickens would need, etc. I read books about keeping chickens and building chicken coops. Then I drew up a plan of the hen house. It was pretty rough. This is an updated, revised version. The run is not included here as I have not completely figured out how I want it to work yet.
On Saturday, we took some old fencing from our neighbor’s back yard (with permission) and did some demolition on it during naptime. Adam says that demolition always takes longer than you think. That was true in this case. It took all of nap time. We also went to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and bought 2×4’s, hinges, nails, and door pulls all for under $15. We also went to Home Depot and got some clear plexiglas type stuff for roofing, some cedar fencing for walls, and some metal posts for the run. That was $40. I also need to buy some fencing wire for the run, but I haven’t decided what I want yet, so I’ll get back to you on that.
On Sunday, after Easter egg hunting (thanks, Erin and Terry!), Clara passed out in a sugar coma and we went to work on the frame of the hen house. We measured twice (or three times) and luckily only had to cut once except on one angled piece. Its official, though. I am really good at stripping bits in the drill while screwing in screws. Clara woke up an hour later and we weren’t finished, so after she went to bed, we spent an hour and finished up, brushing up on our Pythagorean theorem along the way. Here is our finished frame!!! Its not perfect, but I’m not going to live in it, so who cares. We left some “legs” on it for leveling purposes later. Thank goodness I have a husband who knows how to build things. I never thought all those tools he collected in high school would really get used as much as they have. Or by me for that matter. More on finishing the hen house later!