With all of this heat you would think that we would just stay inside and soak up the air conditioning but nooooo….. not us. We’ve had a very productive summer and it’s not soon to slow down. Since June we have had a major drive to build the chicks – who are now fully feathered pullets (young ladies not mature enough yet to produce eggs) – a full time home outside. It’s been quite an undertaking and other than a few cosmetic tweaks, the major project is complete. Here’s what we’ve done:
The original sin – a boy with his new girlfriends. This was June 6, 2015 and now his life has really changed. Altogether he has six new girls (not including his best friend in the background) and this 17 year old guy couldn’t be happier. Officially he has two Isa Brown chicks, two white girls, one black sweetheart who immediately earned the name Ebony, and a dark brown jitterbug. He wanted to name dark brown girl Road Runner but later he chose Beep Beep and that’s the name that stuck. The two white girls are named Betty White (like the actress) and Meg White (from the former band The White Stripes). The two Isa brown chicks are now Big Momma and Little Momma (and yes, you CAN tell them apart!). They each have their own personalities and he loves and dotes on them constantly even by taking them into the shower with him. Gotta give it to the kid – he’s dedicated…. so far…
Two weeks later we used Hardie Board to construct the coop walls. Shown here is the north wall of the coop and the larger opening where his hands are is where the egg laying box will be attached. The opening above that is where a permanent window (another freebie) will go. The entire coop is raised about 32″ off the ground on legs of pressure treated lumber. The actual coop will measure 4′ x 4′ with a pitched roof that resembles the roof of the run. The roof rafters were clipped on the corners for aesthetics.
Here’s the coop attached to the run with the roof roughly attached. The same pavers were placed around the perimeter of the coop so the legs of the coop were up off the ground and so it mirrored the run layout. Just like the run, the walls of the coop were erected and attached in place just like you would frame a house. Floor “joists” were then installed to support the plywood flooring which we then covered in super cheap peel-n-stick 12″ x 12″ tiles to make cleaning a breeze.