When last we left we were just finishing the platform for the new coop. Now, obviously much has happened since that long ago post. And here's the magical journey that got us to the end.
First, we picked the location for the new coop. Then we sort of leveled the ground and built a platform. Then we built walls. We wanted to use the siding from the original coop so we wiggled a few things around to suit the adjusted layout (I flipped the nest boxes and pop door sides). Took a bit longer to get it all laid out and built, but saved us much money on materials.
Unfortunately, things can easily go wrong when doing that kind of thing. For example, can you tell what's wrong in this photo?
|Sad face on Chris - why?
The original coop also had red tin on the roof. All of the tin on the property is black. Can you guess? Yup! Painted the tin black and it looks great, or at least looks good enough given that it's not particularly visible except from one specific direction.
|The fine art of making it work
|Attaching the run
|Checking out the new pasture
The big front door lets me get inside for cleaning (I can stand up in there) or just filling the internal feeder and waterer. And I can easily reach the ropes that operate the pop doors without having to enter the run or coop (a big improvement over the temporary coop).
|The coop is 6x7 and the run is 7x14
The nest boxes are just to the left of the roost bars. I'd seen suggestions that chickens like their nest boxes dark so we positioned them underneath the windows. They open from the outside so I don't have to get in the coop to gather eggs and I've already got them set up with straw, dried oregano, and golf balls as fake eggs. The birds should start laying this month so I'm prepping early.
|Nest boxes to the left
|Everyone needs a front stoop - rock in front of pop door
I also made the ladder to easily detach from the wall so I can clean up in there without banging it. The pop door to the outside is right underneath the highest part of the ladder so it's out of the way too.
|Checking out the new abode
|Repurposed weed clippers
Some minor modifications and they're now a nifty handle on the main door.
|Aren't they neat?