Through out the years I have had chickens! A few years ago I sold all my chickens when we bought the new house. I didn’t have the proper housing for them, so I decided I needed to focus on my family first. So I sadly sold all of them to my neighbor. (I state sadly because not long after I sold them all off a coyote decided he needed a midnight snack and ate them all!)
Now that we are well settled, last summer I decided it was time to start enjoying them again.
And the story begins!!!
A fellow co-worker of mine had lost her precious pig due to heart failure. She just couldn’t look at his hog pen any longer! She called me up one night and asked me if I would like to come tear it down and I would get to keep all the material. I jumped at the opportunity.
During the hottest time of summer, I got a group of 5 of us together. (3 adults and 2 kids) We started at 8 am when it was still a little cool outside and worked through the whole day. Not only was it hot and miserable, but the fellow who had put the hog pen together decided it needed a million nails and screws to hold it together! What a mess!! But all was glorious when we were finally finished!
The pile of lumber sat in my back yard for almost a month without being put back together. My father who is the carpenter in the family had an accident, and was not able to start building on it. But in the mean time… I researched chicken coops till my brain was fried.
Once he was healed up enough, one Saturday morning we got to work. We were down to 4 workers now, but nothing was going to stop us. We took the pig pen down in a day, and we raised a chicken coop in a day. It was all very hard work, but in the end it was satisfying.
I think it turned out beautiful! Rough cut lumber is so down to earth, it gives it a homestead/country feel!
This picture was taken before I placed the ramp on the out side of the coop for the chickens to go through the small door in the wall.
This picture is of the run that we made out of the live stock fencing! I then zip tied a mesh fencing over the top so nothing could get in or out!
These are the awesome nest boxes that we made! The girls are very happy with them!
This was before I got the bedding down and the ramp put in place! But you can see the single roost made out of a 2×4.
I now house 5 beautiful Hens, 1 handsome Rooster, and 1 Guinea! They are all very happy in their new home. Each day I think of something new that I would like to add to the Coop but so far I haven’t done anymore to it!