|Quarter inch plywood walls|
We bought the plywood at our area builders surplus store. It is kind of junky but nothing a good paint job can't hide.
|Cutouts for windows and chicken door.|
The windows are different sizes because they are the old storm windows.
|Good old barn paint.|
I splurged on oil based barn paint for, hopefully, better protection of the wood. I used one of those foam craft brushes to paint the bottom edge of the plywood. That edge is often overlooked but needs to be protected from rain and water too.
After the paint, windows and trim.
|Windows installed and trimwork in progress|
1x3s finish the corners and cover the seams between sheets of plywood. More 1x3s are nailed midway between the seams, so that they are placed every 2 feet apart. These ones are decorative but, once painted, will give the building a more finished look.
|Cap block floor for the storage area of the cop|
Next Dan worked on a floor for the feed storage area. We priced materials and he decided on a cap block floor, The dirt was leveled and the block dried in, i.e. there is no mortar.
|Wall to partition off the feed & equipment storage area|
He used scraps of leftover plywood to make the wall between feed storage and coop areas. If you look closely you will see it doesn't go all the way to the ceiling. That's partly because I didn't think it necessary for him to rip a narrow section of plywood to finish it off. Also, I wanted to leave a gap for air circulation and light. If chickens manage to escape through that(!), we'll cover it with chicken wire.
Last but not least, I'm very excited to show you the roost Dan made.
|"Tree" roost, eventually replaced with a conventional roost. Details here.|
He had a cedar post which was too short for a fence post, but the perfect length for a tree inspired chicken roost. The poles are indeed branches, which are anchored to both the post and the wall.
As you can see, we're almost done! Nest boxes are next, shelves for the storage area, doors, and of course I have to finish painting. I just hope the chickens are as impressed with all this as I am.
Next post, Chicken Coop Countdown Checklist.