Beau May 7th, 2010
A recap of building the chicken coop this week. It took a while to clean up the area and add soil and gravel for a base. Well maybe more than a little while!
Little surprises always pop up that you don’t plan for. I needed to cut and replace a rotted end piece of the old shed where I intended to join the new coop.
Grading and setting the base and floor foundation was more than I planned or expected. After all, how much do ten chickens weigh? I started wondering if I was “in over my head” so to speak. Maybe I am… But maybe that’s the challenge for now. I could have reviewed some decent chicken coop plans first of course… and there’s a lot out there to look at… but I didn’t do that – I just plunged ahead trying my best to figure things out along the way. Which is both fun… and quite frustrating at times.
So I pressed ahead using the references I had on hand… my son started to wonder what his father was doing?! We fiddled with the drawings for the chicken coop, and adjusted our planning along the way.
But then I thought we might need to get inside, or it would help to stand on during construction, etc. So I used some leftover concrete blocks and broken pieces to serve as supports on a gravel base, and spaced the floor joists for strength.
I wasn’t sure if that was enough support across the flooring, and I added another set near the front doors.
At least now the floor is really strong. More than the chickens need, but we’ll be walking around in there as well.
Today I’m trying to finish the framing to get the roof on (with rain in the forecast), and maybe this weekend to put the sides on. I’ll probably use osb sheathing all the way around… and I’d love to use horizontal planks of some kind for finished siding. Matching the older shed siding would be too expensive, but maybe boards made from cedar or something would work?
Another trip to the lumber store… I was inside the store a few days ago and met a guy who was a carpenter. He was kind enough to answer a few of my questions. He said, “What are you building anyway?” “Oh, it’s a chicken coop,” I reply. “Wow,” he says, “everybody is building a chicken coop! I hope you have some plans…” Ha! No, I only had a pencil sketch on paper. I do think the better chicken coop plans you can buy are very nice out there. But you have to decide which is better for your home. So I guess chickens are the big thing these days…
The chickens are only five weeks old but really growing.
They are now living inside the old shed. Which was painted with really cute designs for a granchild, and has a linoleum floor. They seem to be enjoying themselves and are living in style I tell you. But don’t get used to it chickies! Besides, your new home will be nicer, with about twice as much inside room. The things we do…