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Chicken Coop #1: New Year - New Project

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Blog entry by Bermuda_Les posted 01-04-2016 11:34 PM 629 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I trust you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Well it’s the start of a new year, and time for a nice new project. I have a small collection of chickens (5), and up till now they’ve been housed in some really make-shift housing. They are dutifully providing me with a dozen or so eggs a week, so the least I can do is build them a proper chicken coop. I plan on making at least two of these.

So I drew up some plans. I wanted the coop/run to be roomy and portable. So yesterday I started putting it together. It measures 4’ x 3’ by 4’ high. The coop portion is 3’ x 2’ by 2’ high, and all the rest is run or external roost. Here are some shots of the general framework of the whole structure.

The section to the left top will be the coop area, and the remainder is open for run/roost. At the far bottom right you will see two protrusions that are the wheel struts that will allow me to add two wheels, on which the coop/run can be moved to different locations to allow fresh grass for the chickens and to let the old grass to regrow.

This is the opposite side, showing I have yet to add the cross-brace members used on the other side. I have done this so I will be able to get inside to paint the exposed frame. After most of the frame has been painted, I’ll add the other set of cross-braces, which I will have pre-painted. I would have pre-painted the other parts but for the fact that my paint company took and extra long holiday over New Years from Thursday afternoon through Sunday. So I decided ton build and then paint, but it is definitely easier to pre-paint because of all the awkward surfaces.

This is a look at the wheel struts close up.

I put 1/2” hardware cloth on the underside of the run to prevent rats (which are our only real predators) from tunneling under the frame and getting inside the run to access the food, which is a definite problem with the current coop. I have started painting the frame, so next blog installment will be a little more colourful. Till then…

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!



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racerglen

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#1 posted 01-05-2016 12:19 AM

A pleasure as always Les ! Make the sawdust fly, not the chickens ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 08:07 AM

Hello Les.
So another fact about Bermuda,... Rats! the pesky things are everywhere, I would have thought they would be the last expected there.

The coop looks good, and the menaces will get a surprise after tunneling under the frame this time!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 01-06-2016 01:27 PM



A pleasure as always Les ! Make the sawdust fly, not the chickens ;-)

- racerglen

Thanks Glen,

Glad to be back in the saddle so to speak.

Les

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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Bermuda_Les

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#4 posted 01-06-2016 01:34 PM



Hello Les.
So another fact about Bermuda,... Rats! the pesky things are everywhere, I would have thought they would be the last expected there.

The coop looks good, and the menaces will get a surprise after tunneling under the frame this time!

- robscastle

Hi Rob,

Yeah we have rats! A legacy of the old ship trading days. For awhile, in the early 1600s we had no rats, but sure enough, over time they came with the ships. They’re good little tunnelers, those buggers, everything I try to do, they defeat. My wife thinks they’ll even chew through the hardware cloth, so that remains to be seen. Time will tell. I guess as long as there’s food to be had, they’ll respond to the invitation.

Les

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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