Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Chicken Coop Progress

The coop is almost done!  I spent the past week building the nesting boxes, roost and painting the inside white.  The white lightened it up wonderfully!

Here's the inside before, starting from the door and going counter clockwise around the space:
Pretty dreary huh?  It's sturdy and ugly!  It was also very dark inside, especially at dusk.

The plan was to white wash it with watered down paint and an old brush. arm would have fallen off!  I painted one end of the coop and threw in the brush.  Next, I searched out our old electric paint did not work...bit the dust...dead.  Story. Of. My. Life.

So I ordered a new HVLP sprayer from Harbor Freight.  It had really good reviews and was on sale.  While waiting for it to arrive, I built the nesting boxes and roost and installed them.  All by myself.  With no help from my helpful hubby.  I am woman hear me roar!

In the meantime, my helpful hubby was busy too.  He got the fencing intalled and built the gate, with a little help from me ;)  I guided the post hole digger on the back of our neighbors tractor, held the posts level while he backfilled the holes,  helped stretch some wire while he stapled the fencing on a couple corners, and held the gate while he attached it to the post.  It was a big job that he did the lions share of.  Love you honey!

The sprayer finally arrived so I painted yesterday.  After one "white wash" coat, I was underwhelmed.  There was nothing for it but to spray another coat.  The job still took several hours even with a sprayer.  I would have been painting right up until the snow flies with a brush.  That OSB board really eats paint!

So here's what it looks like inside now:

I love the Z framing on this door!

My new nesting boxes

I popped a hole in the wall for the chicken door.  I still have to make the door for it.

The new roost.  I'm starting with two rungs for now.  I may need to add a third later.  

I still have a few things to do.   There's the chicken door to cut, paint and install, a screen and glass to replace in one window.  I'm also going to change that door over the window opening in the above picture.  We are replacing a tiny window in our half bath.  If it fits, I'm going to use the old window from there, otherwise I'll staple screening over the window and build a shutter on the outside that I can close.

Then I just need to get a chicken feeder, waterer and some feed, and bring the chickens home to roost!  I'm determined to get it done this week.  I can't wait to see how they react to their new home and lots of grass to roam around on.

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  1. Oh girl! You keep yourself pretty busy, that's a lot! Paint totally transformed the place! I like the Z door and that litte chicken door is so cute!

  2. Hi Deborah, what a nice job! The white really made a difference. Those girls are going to be so happy there... and they are certainly going to reward you! Lol! Great post! Thanks for sharing it. Wishing you a beautiful fall day!

  3. You did Good! Those are some lucky chicks, LOL. Can't wait to see them in their new home. Hugs, Lynn

  4. I LOVE that you're building a chicken coop, Deborah! How fun! My husband is always threatening me with building one so that we can have fresh eggs.....and chicken dinners! Noooooo!!!! I immediately warned him that I WOULD NOT eat any of the sweet little chickens that I'd be feeding...and naming, of course. lol! And I'd be constantly worried about raccoons and fox nabbing the little darlings.

    So your little chicken adventure is going to be fun for me to watch! :)

    Oh, and I truly enjoyed your posts on Mackinaw Island! LOVE that place!

    xoxo laurie

  5. Oh, my--lucky chickens! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

  6. Wow! What an amazing undertaking. That is going to be fantastic!!

  7. So great...I've always wanted a chicken coop...but we live in the suburbs so I don't think I can convince hubby any time soon....thank you so much for sharing looks great ! xo Lucy

  8. The chicken coop looks great!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime.

  9. I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  10. I just found your in process post on Hometalk and jumped over to your blog. I like how you painted the inside white. This is SO spacious!! You may be able to keep your feed, bedding and litter right inside the coop. I am envious! We too are from Michigan (SW MI) and are in the process of building a chicken coop too, using repurposed exterior paneling we found along side of the road. Our coop is very modest, just 48" X 48". I am planning on about 5 chickens max. I follow Kathy Shea Mormino The Chicken Chick. She has a wealth of great ideas! I also like the Mother Earth News, Chicken Community. Both are chocked filled with idea and tips. I hope you'll post on Hometalk again! Donna at the Small House Under a Big Sky.


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