|Project by Dan||posted 03-03-2015 05:16 AM||1670 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
After Christmas this year we decided to get some egg laying chickens. This of course meant I got to build a coop!
Bigbox 2×2s and cedar fencing makes up the body. Put together with pocket screws (greatest invention ever), chicken wire, cursing, and hardware cloth. I dadod the coop walls to fit planed fencing in, which was probably more work that it’s worth and I missed a staple so I also gouged a set of planer blades.
The general idea is that the run (larger fenced in area) is a playpen and reasonably safe, but the coop is where they sleep and night and needs to be bulletproof. Chickens metabolism slows down at night and essentially they turn off. The hanging bucket has some watering nipples underneath, and the PVCC tube is the chicken feed.
The chickens are much happier with their home done, and once they get a little bigger we’ll let em roam our fenced in yard unsupervised during the day. A full grown chicken can intimidate a stray cat, but they might get our smaller ones (~8 weeks old) right now.