Got the coop, where are the Chickens?

Well, last night I finished the coop.  On Saturday Lauren and I had Aaron, Rebecca, Graham, and Savanna come over to lend a hand with the roof.  We paid them with an awesome breakfast.  They were a huge help.  Without them the coop would still not be ready.  I learned that roofing without wearing gloves is probably a bad idea.  I had taken them off because I was struggling to hold a nail and hammer wearing the gloves.  The result it lots of tiny cut on my hands that I can’t even see.  Those shingles slice you up.  Also I hit my finger once really good.  That was fun.  But all that work was worth it.  We have a finished piece of awesome! Here a pics of the finished coop.

Here is a shot of Daisy in the coop run. She is not sure about this whole being a chicken thing.

Here is a shot of the coop door all painted and hardwared up!

Here is the coop run. Ladder leading to the pop door and there feeder and watering bucket.

This is inside the coop. the white boxes will be there nesting boxes, the board above them is the poop board, and the poles above that are the roosts for them to perch on. Just have to add the shavings.

Here is the finished roof!

Well that is all until we get the chickens (hopefully this week!!!).  Again thank you to all my friends who have helped during this project!  Can’t say thank you enough!

-Daniel

Nearly Chicken Ready

Well after months of on and off work, the time is nearly here for chickens.  Things I have left to do are: attach roost, install poop board under roost (you saw that right, poop board, for them to poop on), hang our feeder and water canister.  That is all before chickens arrive.  The roof still needs shingled, but that can be done after we get chickens.  Although Lauren and I will be trying to work on that Friday evening Saturday morning, then getting the chickens Saturday!!!  Now here are some pictures for you to be envious of, enjoy.

Here is the coop after I painted, framed some walls, and added hardware cloth.

This is the entrance to the coop's run for the chickens to play in. The door was recycled from an old closet door I found in the garage. It was crooked, so I had to do some interesting frame work.

Here you can see the wall containg the windows is up!

This is the door to the coop. The whole wall hinges for easy acess!

And here is the door slightly ajar.

Painted!

This is the coop all painted! The theme for the colors is an egg. Yolk for the walls, everything else white! Lauren's idea.

And now for something to make you say awwwww... Daisy and Bea at the Dog Paddle. Don't worry Daisy isn't sad, just exhusted.

Well other than what I have shown you, I have installed a rope and pulley for the pop door.  That way we can open it and let the chickens out from outside their coop.  Also inside there is linoleum flooring installed for easier cleanup.  We hope to have chickens in there before next week is done!  Visit again soon.

-Coop-Master Daniel

Long Time No Write

Alright, after weeks of fan mail, you all have been begging me to update.  Well here it is!  After what feels like forever I have begun work on the coop again.  Since the roof and tarpaper I have done the following:

Framed the windows

Framed the wall for the nest box and the "pop" door

Here is the pop door closed (the pop door is where the chickens enter and exit the coop)

And here it is open

That’s all for the coop, check back soon for shots of this years harvest and our growing garden.

-Daniel

We have a roof!

Well after a long day of work we got the roof up.  Graham, Rebecca, and Jenni made it over and helped.  We  worked hard and got the tar paper up (making the roof waterproof) just as it started raining.  We made good time.  So here is the coop as of now, I must say it is coming along nicely!

Here is a view underneath, looking at the trusses and roof!

Also We have tomatoes and we have ground cherries growing!!

Tomatoes! NOMNOMNOM

Ground Cherry, I am really excited bout these!

Well that is all that is new on the farm.  Hope you visit again soon!

-Daniel

I get by with a little help from my friends

A big shout out to Graham, Rebecca, Savanna, and Aaron.  Without these people this coop would be much more difficult.  Aaron helped a lot in the design aspect of the project.  Graham, Rebecca, and Savanna helped with some of the grunt work.  Rebecca even went above and beyond and cleaned our drive way and under the some of the rose bushes! Here is the progress we made!

Well I spent all day today working on the trusses for the roof.  Unfortunatly the four we had built weren’t gonna work.  So I had to take those apart, and make a few new cuts, and rebuid them.  I finished the day with all nine Trusses complete.  Here they are!

The garden is doing well as well.   I got the cucumbers to start climbing their trellis.  Also our ground cherries are starting to flower!


Thats it for today!  Next step on the coop is to put the trusses up and get the roof complete!

-Daniel

Coop of awesomeness

Well I have broken ground on our chicken coop.  And I literally broke ground.  My fist step was to level the ground for my 2×4 frame of treated lumber.  Then I constructed the frame and laid it on my newly leveled ground.  From there I started building up!  Here I my photos of my progress.  I will keep you all up to date.

 

Here is the progress after day 2

 

Here is what I have currently

Check back later for more,

Master Carpenter Dan

Master Carpenter! and plants update.

You read that right, I am on my way to master carpenter.  Ok, maybe just novice.  But I made a wooden pallet trellis and an awesome solid wood bookshelf.  Since we love to cook we have lots of cookbooks.  We were running out of room on our current bookshelf.  This prompted me to build a larger bookshelf!  Well I started it over a month ago, but finished it last night.  Now the next project, a chicken coop.  That bad boy is going to be a beast to build.  So if you want free eggs, feel free to contribute wood/labor to help me out!

Some of our plants are doing well, while others not so much, and some of them plain gave up.  We have lost 3 tomato plants, 1 eggplant (the other looks soon to follow), all of our herbs except our basil and one oregano.   The Arkansas Traveler tomatoes are doing very well.  As well as the cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cucumbers.  We also have some ripening fruit on out bushes in the front!

 

That is all for now.  Time to take the wife to Acres of Land for Lunch/Dinner!

-Daniel