This post has been a long time in the making. Our chickies have been comfortably settled into their new home for quite a while now, but I'm so proud of my man's design and construction skills, I still want to share the details.
Because, if you know my husband, you know there were lots of details. He thinks of everything. To begin, he dug a trench all around the base (see first picture) and put in six inches of chicken wire to keep predators from digging. Once the base was leveled and all the boards cut to the right lengths, he thoughtfully and carefully put together each part.
Obviously, I didn't take many pictures between the next few steps, but let me just say - that chicken wire especially was tricky, but Daniel masterfully figured out how to cover ever opening.
The roof was the very last piece to go on, and just in time to keep our chickies dry.
El Fin. Isn't it awesome? Who knew a chicken coop could be so hip and so practical all at the same time?
I'm kind of jealous of the chickies when it rains, because that corrugated tin roof makes a beautiful sound.
These doors open to the laying boxes (although some of our chickies haven't figured out that's what they are for), so that eggs can easily be retrieved by small hands. You can also see the hinges for the inside door which opens entirely so the coop can be cleaned.
Daniel has since added a couple more roosting bars.
The chickies love to come out and peck for bugs and other goodies, but for now at least, they stay pretty close to the coop.
My favorite little chickie: