|Detail from our 2014 master plan. |
Everything in red is proposed.
If you've been following our master plan revisions, then you know that the thing about which we've been the most indecisive, has been the barn; it's size, shape, and location change on every revision. We've finally settled on what to do: build both a new chicken coop and a new goat barn. The chicken coop must be first so that we can use the old coop area for storage when we tear down the existing dilapidated coal barn. I'm pleased to announce that building the coop has commenced.
How to Build Animal Housing. It includes a feed storage area which we liked, but I didn't like the arrangement of the doors, so we modified the plan. I wanted a straight shot into the chicken area for a wheelbarrow. We also moved the location of the exterior door based on the arrangement of our own buildings.
|Very rough sketch of the new chicken coop floorplan. I'm thinking |
of putting a Dutch door between the chicken and storage areas.
Before you look at the project photos, I'm supposed to tell you that this is not conventional construction. This is get-er-done construction. If some of it looks a bit unconventional, well, that's just how it is.
|Corner posts were sunk and concreted in.|
|Dan dug a trench and used cap block for a footer. It needed to be buried|
deep enough to prevent critters like dogs or foxes from digging underneath.
|Cinder blocks are dried in on top of the cap blocks. As you can |
see, the new coop sits across the chicken yard from the old coop.
|Anchor bolts and concrete trowel for the next step.|
|Anchor bolts were cemented into some of the cinder block holes|
|The sill plate will be attached to the blocks with the bolts.|
|First, however, an in-between layer of flashing. We didn't have metal|
flashing so Dan used what he had, asphalt flashing. It prevents moisture
from wicking into the wood sill plate and keeps termites away, hopefully.
|Folded over the cinder blocks, the flashing makes a drip edge.|
Sheathing on the outside will cover the flashing so it won't be seen.
|First wall framed out. The entry door is on the right|
& a window to light the storage area is on the left.
The chicken entry will open into the existing chicken yard. The real challenge will be convincing the chickens to use it.
Continued in "Evolution of a Chicken Coop."
The Master Plan and The Chicken Coop © February 2014