I've been wanting a larger chicken coop and yard for the girls. Since Alan and I have busy schedules and building a larger coop would take an enormous amount of time for us, I decided to make things a little easier on both of us. I ordered a locally built 10x16 garden shed that we will convert into a coop. If the building is small enough, the company I ordered it from will build it at their location and deliver it to your location, set it, level it, and drive away. Or, if the building you want is too big to transport, they offer on-location building. Ours was small enough to have built at their location and be delivered.
Last week, a man in a truck pulling a really cool hydraulic trailer showed up with the shed, complete with wide swinging doors and one window. The trailer did all kinds of strange maneuvers until the shed was set very gently in place on our property.
Today we started customizing the building into the new coop! We added hardware cloth (sturdy woven wire) around the base of the coop to keep things like cats, raccoons, armadillos, and chickens out from under the coop, and then "disguised" the hardware cloth with short cedar flowerbed picket fencing, purely as a "cute factor" detail and to further discourage critters under the coop. The pickets are made of wood that I *might* paint white since they're currently all different colors of cedar. We'll see. *grin*
Tomorrow we'll start modifications on the interior. We'll be adding insulation, adding a dividing wall so we can have a feed storage area separate from the chicken house area, installing linoleum flooring for easy cleaning (we scored a new piece of linoleum flooring on clearance at Lowe's last week for $8.00), creating a large window on the backside of the coop and two smaller windows on the storage end, adding nest boxes, perches, brooders for chicks, and of course CHICKEN doors! We will also be constructing a large run that will connect to the coop, so the girls can safely get out and scratch around in their yard and do what chickens do.
Of course not everything will be done in a day, but we'll get there. I'm excited!! I have plans to do a little painting on the coop -- some red and some white, and maybe even add some shutters! Or a flower box beneath the window!
Every coop needs a good name. Care to offer up suggestions - I KNOW you'll have good ones!!
PS: See the band of purple in the background? That's one of our pastures, filled with bluebonnets! Gorgeous! Now that the cows and donkeys are all out of that pasture, I'll be able to take the dogs back there and get some photos. That'll be fun!