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Summer project - Chicken coop

Last year, my mother-in-law started toying with the idea of getting a couple of egg-laying chickens. This summer, we helped her make that a reality.

First there was much cleaning of the site, a bit of land under some pine trees that was overrun by brambles, ivy, and pokeweed. The MIL and I were alone for this bit:

Look at those mounds of ivy runners. I had to use a weedwhacker to cut them because had we continued pulling, we would still be trying to get them all and would likely have uprooted the yard all the way to the house:

Future hen yard all cleaned up and staked out:

MIL and I then did a lot of research and planning and taking apart transport pallets. In the end, we didn't use the pallets. J's brother was able to get a lot of the wood for free.  We took the work-in-progress photos with his camera, so I don't have any of that to show.

Putting in a stone path in hopes of keeping MIL's boots more or less muck free when she goes to inside the hen yard. She can collect the eggs without entering the enclosure:

Remember those 4.5 tons of gravel I talked about shifting? We used the extra to try to keep the perimeter of the enclosure from being overrun again by ivy:

The two ladies, Lily and Cerise (Cherry), named by Sprout because "Lily has a pointy comb like a lily and Cerise's comb is round."

All the workers:

I can take most of the credit for the building design. J's bro did the plans, all fancy like on his computer, and then built the coop. :P  J did the fencing and gate (he went up the mountain and fetched wood for all the posts, etc, more money saved!).

Good practice for the Someday Farm...only our coop will be much bigger!


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 20th, 2015 11:36 am (UTC)
J'aime très bien the picture of all the workers! And I really like your chicken coop: it's very neat and ship-shape seeming.

I love that S saw Lily's comb and thought of a lily flower, too, and I love that the stones for MIL come with moss already growing on them :-)

As a PS, I didn't realize there was pokeweed in France!

As a PPS, news out of Egypt had me thinking of you guys and hoping J in particular was working nowhere near the newsworthy event.
Aug. 20th, 2015 01:32 pm (UTC)
Sprout cracked me up with the naming. My MIL looked at Sprout like she was an extra--terrestrial or something. "How do you know they are different?" MIL asked. "I just looked at them," replied Sprout, as if nothing could be more obvious.

Thankfully, J was safe. The blast was in the north of Cairo. He works in Giza, near the Nile, which is "westbank" and further south than the trouble.
Aug. 20th, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
That is sooooo COOL!

And I love the picture of you all!
Aug. 20th, 2015 06:21 pm (UTC)
Makes one feel quite accomplished seeing the before and after. :D
Aug. 20th, 2015 08:32 pm (UTC)
Space inside the coop structure for storing things like feed and scratch have proven a good idea for us; I don't have to worry about hauling perishable stuff around in the weather, nor carrying it through mud or snow. Of course, you have to have a way to store the feed/scratch so the mice which you will almost certainly have can't get into them!

Nice coop. :-) Lucky little hens!
Aug. 21st, 2015 07:54 am (UTC)
Space inside the coop structure for storing things like feed and scratch have proven a good idea for us

I thought this would have been a good idea, too, but my MIL preferred to keep the stuff in her garage, next to the house.

This was a very good experience because it made us think about the things we'll want later down the road.
Aug. 21st, 2015 12:24 pm (UTC)
We had the luck to see a well laid-out coop in use at the place we were caretaking before we bought our farm. I've mimicked a lot of what that one had, and been pleased that we did.
Aug. 21st, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
It is really important to see good techniques/systems in action, isn't it?

I love theory, but nothing compares to practice. :D
Aug. 21st, 2015 09:33 am (UTC)
Very cool!
Aug. 21st, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
It was a great experience. I enjoyed the challenge of "covering all the bases."
Aug. 21st, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
Lots of work! I think you need to spend part of your summers here as well. :p
Aug. 21st, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
Then it would be lots and LOTS of work. ;)
Aug. 22nd, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
lol...yeah. :p
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