the girls get a house ~ part two

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

the girls get a house ~ part two

 

The rain stopped and the outside dried up a bit & I finally got the girls' coop/nestbox/nighthouse painted up. Joe got super creative with the sweet little door he & Sophie cut out. He said we should probably cut a few holes around the top for ventilation, then I got all excited about stars and such. Joe looked at me and laughed and said, "Woman, there's a pair of safety glasses and a jigsaw. Have at it."

Hmmmmm……

So I got out a pencil and a big eraser and started drawing around the coop and before I knew it, there were stars and some other random curvy designs. Then came the saw…. it was time consuming, but in a fun sort of way. I was so glad to get it painted and outline the shapes and such. I really love their little house.

The spot where the coop is was all bushes when we moved in. Joe has spent hours clearing it out and making room & sun for the chickens….. and he built a nice little fire pit area too. In the second photo, you can see a patch of sun to the left. That was also trees and brush. We cleared that out for the garden! We'll be building raised beds for that soon. I think he's cut down about 8 trees to open up the canopy for sun? It's hard to cut them down…. but so good to make room for food growing! I get so excited thinking about next year's garden….

As for the rest of the coop details, Joe salvaged a door from the house. It opens by pulling out, making it a tiny bit safer for the hens if someone forgets to lock the door up. Joe used a bungee cord to make the door shut itself and he twisted up a piece of copper tubing for a "lock". We have a sweet neighbor dog that is always loose, and we recently saw a coyote in the yard too…. for this reason we opted for hardware cloth on the bottom half of the coop and chicken wire along the top. There is a strip of wood for extra stability where the different wire types meet. Joe built them a ladder from limbs we had lying around and a roost inside and outside their nestbox. You can see the nestbox access on the outside, plus the other side comes completely out for easy cleaning too. We used pretty much all new material for this and it cost about $425 to build. I don't even want to think about how many years I could buy farm fresh eggs for that price! (about 2) 

I guess that's really it. I'm thinking Joe & I could probably build a house after this, right? I mean, it's kind of similar…..

If you have any questions, we'll do our best to answer them!

Also, thank you to my sweet man for stapling/nailing extra wire around the tiny open space at the top when I got all neurotic and worried about fisher cats eating my chicken girls. He's good like that.

Enjoy the last bit of your weekend….

xo,

s

 

25 thoughts on “the girls get a house ~ part two

  1. Looks great!! The only other thing I would worry about is something burrying under. My friend up here is having a terrible time with skunks burying UNDER the coop and getting in…in the middle of the day so his hens are outside and get attacked. We also had rats burying under at night. You might think of digging a trench around it and burying hardware cloth 6 inches down.

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  2. We're keeping a close eye on that! The base is being lined with rocks as we collect them. The good thing about the road dog (Ms Maggie) is that she is the queen of the one acre lot. Barking and chasing anything that comes close between dusk and dawn. And she digs to catch moles!! Crazy right? We lock them in the coop at night too…. so we're hoping they are pretty safe & sound in there. Did you notice Todd's wind decor on the front? Last photo??  πŸ™‚

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  3. That looks so great, Stephinie! A labor of love. I don’t have chickens (yet), and this is inspiring. One question: Why is the food container on a bungee. Is it to keep ants out?

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  4. Thank you πŸ™‚ We bought hanging containers to keep bugs and mice out, and I hear it keeps the chickens from scratching it all out of there too. Their water will be hung up too soon.

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  5. I love the coop. The stars and other designs and wind chimes are greats! We are hoping to refurbish an existing one of our property for future chickens. I plan to use your ideas as a model. So simple, functional and pretty.

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  6. i love the stars & sun & door & wind chimes & clear roof!!! wonderful design for the ladies…and i love seeing the step by step too! we have barn board on the side of ours, but i love the idea to add wind chimes. And, it is so lovely to be in the middle of baking and simply head out to the coop for the eggs πŸ™‚

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  7. Thank you Kim πŸ™‚ I am so excited to have it done. I plan on hanging flowers on the front of it next year….. and maybe painting the door grey + more designs just for fun. I really miss having fresh eggs, I’ll be so excited to have them again. There is no equal to them! Plus They are such good composters those chickens. Veggie peelings and wilted greens are devoured. It's so exciting looking out the back and seeing all we've done to make room for homestead projects in the last few months. Next summer is going to be very exciting!

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