Learning how to use the saw. Measure Twice Cut Once.
One sheet of plywood, $16.00 at Ace Hardware.
The chicks have been in the house in this dog kennel – but it’s been 4 weeks and those girls are getting a mite stinky! Here is a Pallet with a frame. We’ve been hounding local businesses for their plant frames. We’ve built several coops with them as a frame. You can usually pick one up for 1-5 dollars. I think this one was a dollar. Hubby picked it up. You have to be able to load it when they call!
Jon wants the coop painted, he choose Blue.
As you can see in the above photo, we have been collecting pallets to make a pallet barn. The boys are going to use a few of them as a walkway in the forest. We made a few cuts and additions to the pallet crate. The coop part is 16 5/16ths by 24 by 45.
Here’s the chicken tractor we made. A smaller Pallet Crate. Jon likes moving it around the yard. It is a nice size for 3 chickens. Right now they are only 4ish weeks old. They have a good view!
Jon likes to bring them worms and such. They love to see him comin!
Hinges for the side door.
This is the spot that will change, These three pieces are here to make a warmer night time spot for the little pullets. We will unscrew these boards and make nesting boxes out of them. The side the walls are on hinges to help with egg collection and mucking out the coop.
We have little clickable latches for the doors, but the fog was rolling in heavy, cold and wet, so we did a quick latch system.
So – Two Pallet Crates from a local store that sells Planters, they were the shipping crates. One sheet of plywood. We measured several ways to get the project down to one sheet. We still have some plywood left too! Two rolls of chicken wire, on discount, the wrapper was really disgusting, but the wire was nice inside, I’m glad we took a chance. Oh – and a container of t50 staples and a box of screws. One Chicken Coop, One Chicken Tractor. One happy happy little boy!