Progress on the Ice Shack Chicken Coop


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


6 thoughts on “Progress on the Ice Shack Chicken Coop

  1. Michael says:

    You may need to make a fenced in area with screening over it. On several occasion we have had hawks and harriers com to feed on our “welfare bums” here. Last week I actually got some awesome pics of one hunting the finches that live in the bushes around the back patio. I was going to put them up on the blog, but my laptop crashed last Thursday and I lost those pix.

    • I’ve thought about that. Being that we are in a pretty farmy area, I’m thinking we have a lot of hawks. Just gotta find the right way to do it. The posts are about 7 feet high. I might just run some wires across the tops.

      • Michael says:

        Must be someone around the Wiscassett area that has an old retired fish net. I bet whoever delivers the seaweed to the plant might have an idea where to get one.

  2. Rick Searles says:

    Predators are like burglers…you never know where they might show up, so I guess you do what you can and leave the rest to God…hawks will have their fill but the bear…not sure if he will take the time to break in or not…like the looks so your time in CO. was well spent, and now you see how all that “stuff” leftover can be put to use…blessings…

    • The wife and I are constantly talking about how CO was a dress rehearsal for all of this stuff. The big difference here is that I can be *ahem* a little more aggressive with the lead to stop predators. You should see the size of the raccoon tracks I found in the swamp!

  3. MansWhirld says:

    Lookin good. I’ve been contemplating a coop, but right now we’re using a chicken tractor. The chickens are doing a good job clearing our future garden area.

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