I asked for a chicken coop for my 30th birthday, and after months of anticipation the chicken coop construction is well underway! Thanks to my dad and mom it’s looking way better than my coop model. I was initially just picturing some boards nailed to some other boards with wire stretched over them. It’s turning out so much nicer, because my dad is an engineer with a garage full of saws and some serious carpentry skills, and my mom is amazing at visualizing how the pieces will come together and at catching mistakes before we make them. There’s more work to be done before the hens can move in this summer, but I thought it would be fun to share some photos of the unfinished coop (with a little eye candy from around the yard to pretty this post up a little).
Thanks for all your help Dad and Mom—you get first dibs on the fresh eggs!
I wanted diamond latticework on the coop door to tie it in with the style of our home. If you stand at just the right spot in our front yard, you can catch a glimpse of the tudor-ish coop door next to our tudor-ish house. I’m loving it, and it will look even better when the coop is painted!
Building the coop has been such a great learning experience. I’m getting pretty good at attaching wood to other wood using three different methods (pictured below), and sawing is starting to feel a lot more natural (and less scary).
The baby chicks arrive next month!