I purchased new chicks two weeks ago with the understanding that I needed to get going on the new chicken coop but I have been so consumed with real estate school that I had not started the project. I passed the State licensing exam on Tuesday and I received my real estate license yesterday so now the learning really begins. I woke up this morning with about fifty things on the agenda and the coop was no where on the list. On the drive home from dropping off my son at school I decided to move the coop to the top of the list.
I took a detour to Home Depot and picked up enough materials to build the coop base. Now this coop is not going to be any regular coop. This is going to be a combination coop with a brooder section, an immature bird section and a laying hen section. I decided on a 12 foot long by five feet deep coop. To assemble the base I notched 4×4 posts to fit standard 2×4’s. I built front and back frames and I used five foot 2×4’s on the ends to build the squared up frame.
Once the frame was built I installed the floor joists. I had a bunch of old joist hangers in the garage but unfortunately they were for 2×6’s so back to the garage they went and I just nailed the joists in. I will not be standing on the frame so no joist hangers are really needed (I just wanted to get rid of the hangers).
It took a few hours to finish but the base turned out pretty nice. Once I finished the framing I leveled the base but I need to figure out how to nail on the back framing with it being so close to the fence.
Next step is to put down the floor sheeting (plywood), and then I will frame the multiple sections of the house followed by the roof which will be the subject of future posts. I plan to shingle the roof and place a gutter to catch water to a storage barrel on the side of the coop.
Today’s project would have been much easier with a little help but I managed to only smash my thumb with the hammer once. I did learn a valuable lesson building in an existing chicken run. Never put anything in your mouth that has been on the ground in the run (like nails). Funny how things taste a little funny.
This coming weekend I plan to get going on the Blessed Sacrament Garden expansion. I will rent a sod cutter and tear out 1000 square feet of sod, I will build a three bin compost system, a worm box and I need to install some railroad ties for edging. I hope to get these projects done by the end of next week. I have a winter market on Saturday at the Rio Grande Depot from 1000 to 2:00 so if you need something fun to do on a rainy day come on down. The market area is covered and has roof heaters so it a pleasant environment.
I even managed to plant some onions today. Tomorrow I need to finally clean my truck. That will take longer than the coop I think.