At any rate, I hope to con-struct a combination of these two structures seen here. I am leaning heavily toward the shed roofed coop, mostly because there is far less roofing material required. However, we won't be extending the covered roof to the chicken run, but rather make the chicken run roof as shown with the white coop - with hardware cloth. I like how both coops have the hen house off the ground, making it easier to clean and gather eggs, as well as providing more real estate space for the chickens to roam around inside their
Whoever made this dog house gets an "F +" ; the F stands for "fasteners' and the "+" is for the amount and variety of fasteners they used to hold it all together! I am so sick of this tear down already, I have been working on it for a couple of hours a day, for the last, what -- two weeks? Not really, but it seems like it. During this project, I have acquired several boo-boos, aching extremities, and far too much sun that is causing my sunscreen slathered alabaster skin to break out into freckles. I'm very close though, but even with the help of my eldest son, it has taken a long time to get this far. I don't want to admit that this chunk of roofing and concrete nail encrusted wood is winning, but I'm beginning to think about anointing it with some lighter fluid, striking a match, and calling it a day. Pfff - - I need a break from the sun!
Can you see the boards leaning up against the wall in the back ground? Well, that is how much salvageable wood I have stored up so far, but none of the pond liner wrapped plywood has survived, save one or two pieces, and they are barely usable. None of the pressure treated 2 x 6 boards made the cut, except two small lengths, and this is the wood that is expensive - the plywood and pressure treated stuff! Oh well, still I shouldn't complain, after all, it was FREE. I would have been very disappointed if I had actually paid for this wooden monument to the drywall screw, and dry rot - very upset.
run, and it should give them more opportunity for shade at noon, well, that's the theory anyway. I realize that the gabled roof looks more like a craftsman chalet, but I feel it seems to be a waste of interior space somehow. I shall continue to press on toward the goal - a finished hen house, with chicken run and all!
We have recently acquired an abandoned dog house and we will be turning it into our chicken house! My sister's boyfriend called me yesterday evening to report that he saw it on the curb while driving home from his auto garage, and I wasted no time in obtaining it, because cast offs like this get snatched up pretty quick these days! Fortunately for my husband and I, my brother has a big truck and lives close by, because there was NO WAY we would have been able to fit this honking structure into our little C.U.V.! Oh yeah, it is also pretty hefty too.
I know --it doesn't look like much right now, especially since it is on its side, but soon, Lord willing, I will be able to dismantle it, take an inventory of the pieces and then reconfigure it into a nice sized chicken house by using all this FREE wood! I will keep you posted on my progress in this endeavor, and I might even document our developing plan to raise chickens with my awesome photography skills!
The Whittier Housewife
Welcome to my blog, dear reader. My name is Heather, and I am a full time housewife and mom living in Whittier Ca. with my wonderful husband of 20 years, and our two sons. I welcome you and hope you enjoy reading what is on my mind.