New Coop – part two


A.K.A.  The Saga Continues

When I last updated you on the New Coop I had a nice structure ready for me to customize for the chickens.

 new coup 001

 I told my son,  ‘you know construction but I know chickens!’

He was out of town all week at a robotics class so I made some drawings of what I thought I might like and left them for him to look at when he returned.



He got back in town but we had to leave for the weekend for another commitment.

We got back to rain and weather in the 40’s.

Don’t you just love the Midwest?

Pearl, Snowball and Nugget are getting HUGE.  I feel so bad for them cooped up in the Pack and Play all the time.  If we get some decent weather I will put them outside in the fenced doggie area for some exercise.

I try to make myself feel better by telling myself they don’t know any different and still have it way better than factory chickens.

Note to self:  From now on make sure you have coop space ready BEFORE getting the chicks.

Plan:  It is supposed to continue raining and be cold Monday and Tuesday of this week so the plan is to work on the coop a bit on Wed. when it warms up and I am off.  My son thinks he can be available to help Wed. evening and I prefer to wait until he is around – not that I think hubby and I will muck it up or anything.

All went according to plan (amazing) and this is what we got accomplished:

Everything is enclosed except what will be covered in hardware cloth for the run.



Just inside the doorway, the hen house area is to the left in the picture and above me is storage.  We still need to enclose the rest of that back wall –  another trip to the lumber store.

013This pic is looking into the hen house area.  We will cover the walls and I’m thinking maybe linoleum for the floor.  Then we will put the 3 roosting bars.  I hope someday to house a dozen chickens.   011






Th012is will be my storage area where I will keep my clean out tools, extra bedding or whatever.




I love my coop so far and can’t wait to put on the finishing touches!

So much to do, inside walls, floor,  roosting bars, doors, windows, hardware cloth, nesting boxes, siding, roof, paint, decorating, landscaping!

I will keep posting updates as we get further along and I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Oh, and I will have my flower box! 


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Thornton
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 21:05:08

    Are you go9ng to incorporate any of the things we saw at the Ames Chicken coop expo?



  2. azkricket
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 14:50:20

    Looking good so far. Hope the weather works in your favor.
    Today will be the 1st day my little ones stay out all day.
    Have fun!



  3. Steven Criger
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 12:22:57

    looks like it will be the best coop on the block



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