Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chicken Coop Progress #4

Chicken Coop & Yard February 2016

As promised, here is the long-awaited update on finishing the chicken coop.  Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of pictures-especially of the chicken yard construction.  I think I must have been busy with harvesting from the garden and canning season by that point.  

May 2015- Chickens are approximately 6 weeks old here

We had quickly finished the front side of the chicken coop with the main door so that the chickens could be moved inside.  We set up a temporary fencing for them so they could explore while still being contained and protected.  

May 2015-  Finishing the siding on the other 3 sides of the coop

While the chickens were contained on one side of the coop, we were able to finish putting the siding on the other 3 sides.

May 2015- Digging the trench to bury the hardware cloth along the edge of the coop.

May 2015

Now that this side of the coop is finished and the hardware cloth attached to the bottom edge of the coop, the temporary fencing was moved to give the chicks a larger space in what would eventually become their large enclosed yard.

June 2015- Adding trim to finish off the corners

 June 2015

I can't believe I don't have any pictures from when the above photo was taken and when the below photo was taken.  I know I took some, but it must have been with my phone and I can't find the photos now.  We turned the pigeon coop and moved it over to form a corner of the chicken yard.  Then we started by constructing one "wall" at a time using 4x4 posts and 2x4 braces.  Once the walls were up, we stapled half inch hardware cloth around the bottom 2 feet and everything above was enclosed with chicken wire.

To support the chicken wire that creates the "ceiling", we ran heavy wire through screw eyes that crossed from each side and the corners.  Then we stretched the chicken wire across, stapled it to the wood frame and used heavy wire ties to secure the "seams".  It's held up pretty well for the past two years with only needing a few minor repairs due to the weight of snow accumulating (which thankfully, we don't get a lot of).    

December 2015

The pigeon lives with the chickens now instead of in her coop.  She really seems to enjoy having a lot more space and can actually fly inside the chicken yard.  Buster, the Flemish Giant rabbit was moved into the old pigeon coop.  He likes it outside and gets to run around the yard for a little while on nice days. He's drinking from his water bottle in the above photo.  

I have some pictures of the interior of the coop as well.  I'll share those in a following post.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Garden Update for May 22nd

May 22nd Garden Overview

Anyone remember my weekly garden updates from a couple years ago (or probably 3 years ago, actually)?  Well, with this being the beginning of our veggie growing season, I thought it was a perfect time to start the weekly updates again.  

This past Saturday we cleared the weeds, grass and remaining veggie plants from last year.  After working all day, we finally were able to top-dress the beds with organic compost from one of our local landscape supply businesses.  

34 Herb & Veggie Starts

Since I've been busy with other projects this year, I decided to buy the majority of my veggies & herbs as starts.  However, there are still a few things I'll start from seed directly in the garden such as green beans, pumpkins, and corn.  I feel like I'm running super late this year, but here in the PNW, we had such a long wet Winter & Spring this year.  It seems like late last week someone flipped a switch and turned off the rain and cold and turned on the sun and heat!  Now it's almost too hot to be outside.  Anyway, I'll be planting all of these plants and starting my seeds in the next couple of days.  Check back next Tuesday for another update.

A little snail (his shell was a little large than a quarter)

I saw this little guy this morning.  I've never actually seen one of these snails in my yard and almost stepped on him.  Being that he was "as slow as a snail" I was able to run and get my camera to snap a couple pictures. 

Chicken coop update is coming.  Just a couple years late, but it's going to happen!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

No, Seriously. An update is coming soon.

 Chicken Coop May 2017

No seriously, I'm really going to post an update soon.  It's been just over a year since I said that, but really, seriously, it's going to happen soon.  I've been itching to finally update on the finishing of the chicken coop construction.  Although, there are still a few things I'd like to do to it this year, the main construction is finished and the chickens have been living in it for 2 years.

The General Lee (Silver Phoenix)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Update Coming!

It's been almost a year since I posted here.....Eeeekkk!  I'll be updating soon. Stay tuned......

Friday, May 15, 2015

Chicken Coop Progress #3

This is how the coop looks today

Here is a photo gallery of our progress on the chicken coop since my last post.....

April 26th~
3 walls up & extended roof beams are being added so we can have eaves over the door & back wall

April 26th

May 1st
Plywood was added to the roof

May 2nd
Roofing tar paper was nailed onto the plywood & the tin roofing panels are going up

May 3rd
Finishing the tin roofing panels

May 3rd
The ridge vent cover is now added

May 3rd
Walls are finished

May 3rd
Windows & pop door are cut out

May 4th
Checking out how it looks with the round window

May 4th
Lots to paint on the inside!

May 4th
The roosting corner

May 4th
Say HI to the pigeon out the window!

May 4th
Nesting boxes will be in this corner

May 4th
Another shot of the roosting corner

May 4th
Feeder & water bucket will be near the door

May 9th
The interior has been painted & the Tyvek wrap has been added to the exterior

May 12th
Cedar fence pickets were used as the siding and to make the door as well.  We'll be adding a 3rd hinge in the middle and a simple slide lock to the top of the door to make it more secure.

There's still a lot to do on the exterior, finish the other 3 sides of siding & weather protect the siding, paint under the eaves, make plexi-glass windows & trim the windows and corners.....Then figure out the enclosed chicken yard.  

Here's the painted interior!

May 12th
Getting ready for the chicks....their new feeder & water bucket/nipple combo

May 12th
The roosting corner.  For now, the chicks have a low roosting perch.  We'll be adding 4 more in a larger diameter in the next couple weeks.

May 12th
Since the pop door isn't finished, we attached a scrap piece of plywood to cover the hole for now.

May 12th
I saw the idea for the roosting perches on Pinterest.  The 2x4s are attached with hinges so that the roosts can be lifted off the floor for easy cleaning underneath.  Whoever thought of that is a genius!

May 12th
This corner will have a table/shelf for the chinchilla cage to sit on and feed storage bins will be underneath.

May 12th
We saved the "potting bench" shelf from the greenhouse and mounted it just under the rafters for added storage.  We'll be making 2 triangle shaped doors to prevent the chickens from roosting up there.

May 12th

All ready for the chicks!

There are still several things to do inside~ finish roosts, add doors to the storage shelf, build nesting boxes, build shelf/ table for chinchilla, trim windows to cover raw hardware cloth edges & decorate.

If you need to catch up on the coop progress, click the links below.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Baby Chicks~ The 5th Week

As the baby chicks start their 5th week of life.......
These photos were taken on May 12th & 13th, four weeks after coming to us.
~The blonde Blue Andalusian~

Moving to the Big House!

We've been working tirelessly on the chicken coop trying to finish the interior enough so that the chicks could move in by the time they were 4 weeks old.  We missed the mark by a few days, but we were finally able to move them in on Tuesday afternoon at 4 1/2 weeks old.

~A Dominique....very curious~

I'll share pictures tomorrow of the actual coop and where we are on the construction progress, although you get a little preview of some of the details in the pictures of the chicks.

All of the chicks were very curious about their new surroundings.  Some were a little hesitant about exploring the new, larger space and wanted to stay huddled together.

~Golden Laced Wyandotte, Dominique, & Phoenix~

There was so much more space for them to spread out.  This was also the first time that all 26 chicks had been together since they were 1 week old, when they were divided into 2 brooders.

~Getting reacquainted with each other~

~A Dominique & both of the Blue Andalusian~

~Golden Laced Wyandotte~

~Golden Campine in the front~

~The Blue Andalusians getting a drink~

~A Dominique checking out the new large feeder~

Everyone seems to be adjusting to the new feeder.  I put their water founts from the brooders in the coop even though I have the poultry nipple bucket.  They didn't seem too interested in the nipples since they were in completely new surroundings.  I'll take the water founts out in a few days and see what they do with the bucket/nipple system.

~Golden Campines at the feeder~

~Blue Andalusians & a Dominique at the feeder~

Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the coop construction progress.  The interior is almost finished, but there's still quite a bit to do on the outside.  It's turning out to be really cute though!

***For anyone local~~~  I'll be selling about a dozen of these chicks....Golden Laced Wyandotte, Dominique & Golden Campine....only a few of each.  If you are interested, you can email me {here}