Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Chicken Coop

Doug and the girls have been busy building our little chicks a new home. A few years ago we had turkeys, but there coop became the wood shed when we installed the wood stove. Thus the need for a new coop. Which is really a good thing, because the chicken need to make it through the tough New Hampshire winters where as the turkeys didn't. They were in the deep freeze by October. So after a little research and sketching, Doug came up with a design for the new coop.

Building the frame was easy. Finding a level spot in the yard - not so easy. A little work with the sledge hammer and it was level and ready to move on to the next step.

Sarah jumped in to help lay the floor boards. Here she snaps the chalk line to make the studs.

Wow! The walls are all framed. It is actually starting to look like a chicken coop. Don't you see it?

The walls were next.

Our little chick are growing like weeds. They are up to a wompin' 3oz. So I guess it will be a little while, about three more weeks, before they can more into their new home. Good thing as it isn't quite finished yet. Still needs the roof, doors, windows, and egg boxes.


  1. Elizabeth,
    I love that design! We are about to get chicks and I am looking at designs (we can't be too picky as we're making it from any kind of free lumber we can find!) now, and I love yours!
    I had no idea you are in NH - it's where I hail from originally. I haven't been back there in more than three years now. I miss the summers there!
    I love your blog, keep up the great posts!

  2. Great coop!! We just expanded our little brood to about 90. So my hubby has been busy building an addition...for the new ones.:)


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