When someone says they want to build a chicken coop images pop into my head. When my sister mentioned that they needed Dan to help with her chicken coop while we were out visiting I had those same images. Something kinda long and narrow surrounded by chicken wire with a chicken wire top to keep hawks out. Her husband is a chef and his dad worked at Boeing his whole life so when they plan a project they have just enough knowledge to get them in trouble but apparently not enough to put limits on a task.
Those that know us, know how much Dan has been working for the last few months. Besides his regular job that keeps him away from home quite a bit he has also been helping out a friend by building his new restaurant. Since Dan has all the knowledge, skills and tools, work at the restaurant could only get done when he was there. Which meant all his weekends and non work time have been spent at the restaurant. So we have been really looking forward to this vacation for a break and to spend a little time together before he headed out on his week long fishing trip.
Back to the chicken coop; this is not the chicken coop that I (or Dan) imagined. This is a chicken palace, large enough to house, well us, next time we head out to visit. But Dan being the good sport and blinded by the vision of catching Halibut dove right in and spent quite a bit more time than we all expected building a chicken coop.
Here’s Dan and big Larry surveying the site. The posts had already been cemented in (which was the first clue that this was not going to be a small chicken coop)
Dan and Larry are working on the roof, as we all know it rains a lot in Seattle and that grass won’t last long once the chickens move in. So to help cut back on the muddy mess that is sure to happen they are putting a regular roof on the coop.
Here’s proof that the boys, Thomas and BJ, did help just a little bit.
Here’s the roosting box that Shauna did pay some else to build. She had a feeling if left up to her hubby it may not get done in a timely manner. The boys painted it with a little help from various adults.
and here’s 1 of the 5 chicks that will be making the coop their new home. I am so jealous, if I could figure out a place to squeeze them into my yard I would totally get some chickens. I love the idea of fresh eggs from my yard every day!
Sophie also seems to like the idea of fresh chickens but for a whole different reason.
The boys were being silly climbing into the roosting box.
So of course Isa also had to give it a try!
peek a boo
Those are some good looking doors! The other thing you have to worry about out here is all the wild life. The chickens aren’t just prey for the hawks. You have to protect them from ‘coons, possums and rats. So you have to use hard wire all around the open spaces so varmints don’t chew their way in.
And finally the completed coop, just in time for us to head back home to Columbus. What you can’t tell from the picture is that the hard wire is wrapped all the way around the coop at the top and bottom. The bottom is also cemented into the a trench in the ground to prevent creatures from burrowing under the coop and getting in. These are some well protected chickens.