During our house build, every time there was a length of wood that was going to be scrapped, I snagged it and put it in a pile. For the last two years, that pile has been a mouse mansion. A couple of weeks ago, we pulled the pile apart, separating the good from the too warped or weather worn.
Then, based upon the supplies available, I began building a chicken coop.
I had to be creative and even then it was a bit higgledy-piggledy. My lines aren't always straight because the wood I was using was not always straight! But some mistakes were just plain my fault, like this atrocious trimming around the arched door.
But I figured it wasn't something a lot of caulk, some paint, and a good deal of distance wouldn't solve. After washing all of the wood thoroughly, I got the kids painting one afternoon using leftover house paint. In the end, I did have to buy some wood and hardware, but it is 85% recycled or reused supplies.
It was about 1000° that day, but they persevered. It was fairly difficult to paint because it was a hodge podge of surfaces.
That work, therefore, earned them their first trip of the year to the lake!
Even though the air was hot, the lake remembered that it was early May. It was terribly cold, but the kids played and had fun anyway!
A few days later, and in typical spring fashion, the temperatures fluctuated wildly. The tarp roof wasn't cutting it, so I attempted my first trusses. The girls wanted to be right at my feet, "helping."
I did it! The trusses were tricky, but I figured it out and got them up on the roof.
(Yes, there was a window box and a pink door before there was a roof because, priorities, man.)
Inside, there is a roost with a tray underneath to help catch the majority of the night droppings. The ramps lead up to the roost, then second story to the nesting boxes.
Once we get the run built, there will be a small chicken door opened up underneath, too.
Everything was coated in a lime whitewash that is supposed to be good for the chickens and will help with insect and rodent control. I think the chicken's beaks are the best insect control, but I'll do anything to prevent a mice infestation in my chicken coop!
The view from the back shows a little roof over the nesting boxes with a door for easy access to the eggs.
The nesting boxes are actually removable dish washing tubs for easy cleaning.
Under the nesting boxes is a small storage cabinet with shelves for chicken and bee keeping equipment and a rodent proof metal garbage can for the chicken feed.
There are still a few small things that need doing, but for now, I'm calling the chicken coop DONE!
Isn't she adorable?
The girls seem awfully pleased with their new house.
And so am I.