Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chicken Coop Remodel

Spring

There are so many things that need tending to every spring and poor Hubby's 'honey do' list is growing by leaps and bounds *grin*. This year getting new chicks is high on my priority list as I miss having our own eggs SO much so the coop was the first place we hit as soon as we had a break in the rain :)

Sawing

I normally raise our baby chicks, geese and ducks in the garage as it's the easiest place to get the heat lamp plugged in but this year Hubby is in the middle of building another new bed for the kids so there just isn't room for my brooding pen.

So I needed to come up with a new spot that was easily accessible but our old coop is really really hard to get into unless you're about a foot tall and covered in feathers. The only solution was to cut out part of the wall :)

Framing

We assessed the situation, made mental notes of what we wanted to do and then when it was time to frame in the door we found out just how crooked everything was *grin*. None of the walls or the floor were level LOL. The original shed was built sometime in the early sixties and over time it has begun to sink making everything slightly wonky :)

Scooping Poop

Once the wall was opened up I could get a good look inside to see what sort of clean up job was needed before the chicks can go in. The floor was surprisingly clean actually but there was some leftover chicken manure that need shoveling and my little guy was more than happy to help out.

He didn't really get much of it out of the house but had a lot of fun trying. At one point though he had a huge chunk of it in his hands as we were all telling him to drop it. Nothing like packing around poo! At least it was good and dry, and sadly that wasn't the only time I had to tell him to drop it that day LOL.

Digging

I love watching the kids muck around in the dirt :)
If you don't have enough arm power to push the shovel down when digging then you RIDE it down *grin*.

Dirty windows

Next to the new door is an old single pane window and it was just thick with cobwebs and dust so I got the windex and some cloths so that L could shine it up.

Washing Windows

I was a little worried about letting her wipe away on the old panes as they are so fragile but the window made it through it in one piece and she was so pleased with herself :) I actually don't remember the last time that we could even see through the glass!

Daddy's Helper

Who knew that opening up the wall could be so much fun :)

Daddy's Helper

With the wall back up around the door frame all that was left was to cut down the door to make it fit and get some hinges so that we could hang it.

Chicken coop door

Now I just need get the floor cleaned out nicely, give the whole thing a good bleaching and then I think I'm going to white wash the walls with lime :) The lime helps inhibit the growth of any harmful bacteria and it will brighten the whole place up real nice.

We're back to pouring down rain again though so I'm going to have to wait for a nicer day again so that everything can dry out nicely after I get it good and wet *grin*.

Hugs,
Rosina

5 comments:

loulee said...

Your chooks will be living in 5 star luxury! LOL
Can't beat fresh eggs though.

Jenn4him said...

You do keep your husband busy! :-) I bet the chickens will love their new home sweet home.

eidolons said...

Wow! I hope to own chickens some day. I have to admit that it's more than a little intimidating, though.

verdemama said...

Your coop is shaping up lovely. Chickens are first on my list after we move out to the country in 2 months. I've heard there are coyotes in the area though, not sure what to do about that...

Erin said...

Wow, what a great remodel! It must be exciting to think about the chicks coming soon. Do you know what you'll get yet? I would love to try ducks, too, but fear that without a pond they would leave home looking for one. And I fear they would eat the garden. Did you have flightless ducks?

It's nice to see these working-on-the farm shots Rosina...so comforting somehow. :-)

Can't wait o see pictures of the new flock members!!