September 18, 2016 by Mike Oscar Hotel
Just a few pictures from my work over the past few weeks.
I got the roof decking on and I used the door from the two holer outhouse as a door to the coop. It was a cool door and I wanted to repurpose it, but couldn’t think of a way to effectively use it in the house. It worked out well. It’s overkill, but whatever.
I kept the hole in the floor that people usually fish through so that we could flip up the trap door and send dirty bedding underneath the coop. If I send it down below, the hens will turn it into the soil.
There are three rungs for perches. All of them pop out for easy access for cleaning. Hard to get a good picture of them.
Then I added roof felt and shingles. I’d never shingled before and I’m not convinced that I did it right. That being said, the shack was weather tight with the wood alone, so I’m not too worried about any leaks.
The cool part of all of this is that I’ve got a pretty small amount of money invested into the project. The coop and trailer came together at a cost of $275. I could sell the trailer right now for that price, so we essentially got the shack for free. The boards that I put up for siding were left behind by the previous owner, as was the roofing felt and shingles. I had just enough shingles for the project. Like, I had 1/3 of a shingle left when I was finished. I was cursing the fact that they left so much crap behind when we bought the place, but it turns out that it turned out, you know?
Next up is the exterior fence. For the most part, we plan on letting them free range. With 30 acres, there’s not much reason not to. However, when we’re not home for extended periods of time, we will need a place to put them. The shack itself is reasonably predator proof, save the unseen bear. As far as predators are concerned, I’ve seen several raccoons, a skunk (I don’t think he’ll be a problem) and lots of hawks. We’ll see how challenging they prove to be in the future.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike Oscar Hotel