Can I just tell you that I have actually shed tears over this chicken coop? No joke, if you happened to be in the area in the early afternoon on Wednesday, you would have seen a 30-year-old woman out in her front yard, beating the shit out of an old door with a hammer, and sobbing like a toddler. The good news is I'm totally over it now, and things are starting to proceed smoothly again. I just had a tiny little melt down over the fact that my easy, little, cheap coop project had turned into a complicated monstrosity of materials that we couldn't afford. but no turning back now...it is what it is. So here's the progress report since last Friday...
the railroad ties were poached from my mom's house, and the pressure-treated decking was salvaged from what was left of our root cellar. Yes I would like to have another one someday, but that one had to go.
From this post (where we left off on Monday evening).
the roof was supposed to be free, but it didn't work out that way at all. We had a bunch of scrap roofing from an old shed we'd torn down years ago, and I was all excited to reuse it...until we discovered that it was almost completely rusted through, and where it wasn't, it had about a billion screw holes in it. So that was another $60 spent. thankfully the roofing panels didn't need to be fancy, and we were able to score the cheap ones at $15 a panel (with the contractor discount that i now get at the lumber yard, I think out of pity).
(because apparently I'm expecting Godzilla-chickens, and needed to build an extra tall coop)?
|Where I left off on Wednesday. 2 sides done, 2 sides to go.|
Still to do:
~finish other 2 sides
~make nesting boxes
~put flooring in (I saw a genius idea on another blog about adding easy-to-clean material to the coop floor to make mucking a whole lot easier). I'm all about making cleaning easy, so I'm NOT skipping the flooring step.
~fill gaps (lots of them) with caulking and spray-foam. Vermont Winter wind is not very forgiving, and I'll be damned if I'm going to put in all this work just to have 6 frozen chick-cicles next January.
The chicks will be here in 2 weeks. Oh, and we have to finish our master bathroom before our appraisal for our refinancing...also in 2 weeks. Sweet!
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