Are you ready to see our chicken coop tour? I can’t tell you how excited I was when it showed up Friday! We couldn’t wait to get started. I knew I would have to wait for my husband’s help, because this is not a one person job. Rather, a two or more person’s job.
As a result of us getting chickens unexpectedly, we had to build a makeshift coop (here’s a video of it). We actually had a raccoon in the chicken coop one night! Probably, because it was not very predator proof! Consequently, it was only a temporary deal. We knew it would probably not hold up very long.
We put our chicken coop together (see it on Amazon) on Saturday. It was pretty simple to do. There are a lot of parts but, the directions were fairly easy to follow. The chickens seem to love their new coop so far. They are free range birds for the most part, but they will be imprisoned, if you will, within the confines of the coop and run for at least a week. This will teach them that they have a new place to sleep. They will no longer be sleeping in the makeshift coop! We will be tearing that mess down immediately! YAY!
First, you start by building the coop. This is pretty easy because there are dowels that help line up these parts.
Now, can you see my husband down there? He is screwing in the bottom pieces.
The next step is is placing the ladder and the chicken door opener. See the metal bar on the door? It allows me to open the coop door without having to walk into the chicken run, which we will attach in later pictures.
Those holes are where the nesting boxes go. There are 6 individual nesting areas for the 10-15 birds you may keep inside! This picture shows one of the nesting boxes with 3 individual nesting areas. On the other side is another one!
The nesting boxes are attached at this stage.
And… the roof goes on!
The lids for the nesting boxes are installed.
The supervisor approves of the work so far…
Here we are getting the chicken run together.
The chickens are over there pecking on the wood. They are so nosey!
It is just about done! Finally…
After having this coop for several years now, I’ve come to the conclusion that we obviously should have painted it. We were in such a need for a better coop, we didn’t get around to painting it. It is falling apart now. Literally! The wood started rotting after it rained everyday for a couple of weeks. Mold started taking over the inside. This wood is very thin, not super sturdy as is most coops you buy. We have built a new coop, and are working on a second coop. I plan to write a new post for both of those soon to share with all of you. We expect the lifespan of the homemade coops to wayyy outlast this one!
It looks pretty good right? This photo tour is done now. I also hope that you will enjoy my video tour of the chicken coop, because it is my best one yet! Here is the video…
I made a video tour of the chicken coop I’m getting better at making these videos! This is the best video I think I have made so far! Let me know what you think of my new coop in the comments!
A week or maybe more has gone by since getting the chicken coop. We acclimated the chickens to their new home, because if you don’t do this, they will go back to their old coop. So, when I let them out I thought they would probably, run for freedom. Rather, the opposite happened. One of them ran out, and then ran back in. It seems like, they were skittish all over again. Unsure of their environment. They probably just needed a little while to come around to the idea of being free!
Now, it seems like they are very happy in their new home. Since they have had time to get used to their new home and free ranging again, they are more happy than ever! I am most of all happy of the fact that the chicken coop came together just before the cold weather appeared. The makeshift coop, was made out of fencing with large holes, as a result it probably would have been very drafty. Therefore, it wouldn’t have kept them very warm during these cold night we are having.
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