|Project by redsox9||posted 12-09-2014 03:06 PM||1598 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
My father-in-law, who was a dairy farmer for many years, passed away earlier this year. In his memory, my wife and I decided to start raising backyard chickens for the eggs.
The first trick was to find a place for the coop. We decided to keep it close to the house and away from the edge of the woods where we have seen foxes, fisher cats, and other wild animals lurking. The most ideal location ended up being tucked between the house and the stairs to our backyard deck. As the ground was not level (seen in the one photo), I had to use a little ingenuity to build a level deck for the coop. In addition, I also used my masonry skills to build a retaining wall and make a level surface for the run.
Most of the four-by-four coop was made of salvaged material from other projects. It includes two nesting boxes for when the chickens are ready to start laying eggs, which will probably not happen until early spring when they reach six months of age. I also made a tray that sits on the bottom of the coop and slides out from under the nesting boxes to ease the cleaning process. The run is four-by-five and was built from PT lumber. For the roof, I used corrugated PVC roof material that is partially transparent so that the girls will get natural sunlight all year long.
Thanks for looking!
-- Jeff, North Andover, MA