Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bring on the chickens!

Finally got around to finishing the chicken coop. A big thank you to Ben for helping set the posts, running the fencing, and bringing over the reciprocating saw to cut the openings in the double walls.

The construction of the coop was pretty simple. Using the free doghouse I acquired from Craigslist, I attached a nesting box (built from donated plywood), cut a large door in the back for cleaning/maintencance, and attached a hinged door for the front. I also built a gate out of scrap wood and covered it with extra fencing.

Total Cost: about $20 for hardware

I'm still working out the ramp setup, but it looks like we are ready to pickup the chickens this weekend.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The "Dog" Coop

My brother is graciously donating a few laying hens for "the cause", so I needed to find a way to build a coop. After thinking about it, and browsing the "free" listings on Craiglist, I came across this beauty.

Whoever built this dog house must have really loved their dog. The house weighs about 500 lbs. and is double walled with insulation. All of this makes it PERFECT for a chicken coop!

I'm in the process of designing a mobile run with advice from many different sources. I'll keep you updated with the progress of "Mi Casa de Pollo", so be sure to stay tuned. :0)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010