- Nest boxes
- Door between the storage area and coop area.
|The bottom door swings into the storage room.|
The top of the door swings into the coop. Slats
allow for light, visibility, and air circulation.
I really like the dutch door in the goat shed, so Dan also made one for the coop. The bottom door swings out, the top swings in. The thing we learned from the goat shed is that it's difficult to swing the bottom half in, when the floor is covered with deep litter! The top is slatted so I can see in, plus allows better ventilation and light. Best of all, it's wide enough for a wheelbarrow!
Still to do:
- Exterior door
|Dan's looking into a sliding barn door|
- Coop entry door for chickens
- Finish painting exterior
- Cover openings between storage and coop with hardware cloth
- Paint interior
- Gutter and rain catchment
|We will probably use one of those 275 gallon totes like we did for the |
rainwater catchment system on the house. It will fit under the overhang.
- Extend chicken yard (a fencing project)
|Green shows the proposed expansion of the chicken yard.|
Stars indicate separate chicken gates which could control
(theoretically) which pasture the chickens have access to.
Expanding the chicken yard will give them more room when they aren't free ranging. There's also a nice little thicket there, a perfect hidey spot from hawks. The yard will border both front and back pastures. With a second chicken gate into the front pasture, we can direct where they graze.
So much to do and never enough time! Such is the plight of every homesteader. The key is to find contentment in the work itself, not in the expectation of the work finished.
Chicken Coop Countdown Checklist © April 2014