Sunday, May 16, 2010

Coop Update – Rush, Rush.. It’s Chick Week!

I had one good productive afternoon last week in which I built two doors. With mitered trim, thank ya very much :) I painted the interior a lemony yellow yesterday. And today.. I had help! Which I gladly accepted since this is Chick Week after all, and the babies are scheduled to be shipped to me one day this week. I was getting so close, but still a lot of details to do.  So I swallowed my Farmgirl Pride and said… yes, it’s okay to have a helper today :) And a most excellent helper he was.

Here is a view of the interior.

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Mr. W was kind enough to build a sliding window cover bracket for me. This is the “gridded” window. I still have hardware cloth to attach inside. I had visualized the cover for this window as being a slider, and voila, the hubs came through for me again. It is perfect… just as I had imagined.

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Here is a view from the front – you can see the window with sliding cover here as well. Also the tin edge trim he installed today. It is actually silver/galvanized but looks green in this picture for some reason…

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For those interested in how the sliding bracket was made, here’s a close-up of first the top bracket and then the bottom. Laminated wood and nuts & washers were used to shim the back.

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I painted the hinges, latches, handles, etc. today also.

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Also, the remaining doors were built. Here is a view of the back. These doors are not attached yet  (awaiting exterior paint). The top door is the roost access door. The bottom door is the egg access door. Of course, for our brooder purposes the egg door won’t be utilized. However sometime in the future it most likely will be used as a portable coop, and the nest boxes & access door should come in handy.

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Next up will be to paint the exterior with red oil-based (Valspar Porch & Floor) paint; apply the tin roof; trim corners; attach the doors and installing all necessary hardware, and a couple other miscellaneous items.

Now, how do I get oil-based paint to dry fast in this 100% humidity, daily rain, and chill we’re experiencing now? That is the question.

This little coop is just about finished. Stay tuned for more Coop Building Adventures, and also the long-awaited arrival of….

the return of Chickens to Flat Creek Farm!

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30 comments:

Jody Blue said...

Goodness that's less like a coop and more like a posh chick spa:) You must be having tons of fun with it!

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Oh, my, this is lovely! What a great job you've done. Those are going to be some very fortunate chicks! And I love that it's going to be red!!!! My favorite color!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

WOOHOO Tammy...you're going to have pampered chicks in this beautiful chicken coop!!! You have done a WONDERFUL job...it's like a little 'cottage'! Looking forward to seeing the finished product and then finally the chicks...when you have time that is. Hey we could use another carpenter around here...if you're looking for work...have I got a deal for you LOL! Take care....Maura:)

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I can hardly wait to see the red paint and did I see a black iron star. Cute, cute, cute!
Nice to have PW home to help.

Elle Bee said...

It is a masterpiece!!!! The chickens are going to adore their new home. Nice job!

Diana said...

You've done an awesome job!!

Feral Female said...

Boy those chickens are going to be living in the lap of luxury! Looks great!

Rural Rambler said...

It is darling Tammy! I think I love it more than my farm table :) I can't wait to see pictures of it painted and when the chicks move in!

Debbie said...

My word! It almost makes me want to have chickens. Emphasis on the word ALMOST (but not quite). Can hardly wait to see pix of the chicks.

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

VERY nice job! Those are some spoiled chicks, I'd say. :)

Janet said...

Goodness Tammy, you are way over my head with building skill.

from my front porch... said...

It looks like a doll house! Awesome! This could become a new business for you...Chick Homes by Chick Tammy!! I would order one. Do you have a payment plan?!!

I know you cannot wait until the little chickies arrive! Me, either :)

Really wonerful job, Tammy! You got skills, baby!
xo, misha

p.s. thanks for the directions. I am still struggling with it :( Hopefully I will figure it out!

The Urban Cowboy said...

Wow...that looks fantastic! You should market your plans and directions. I would buy one, and I don't have chickens.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Looks soooo good!!!!

Down On The Farm said...

Holy cow . . . THAT's a chicken LUXURY HOTEL!! I can't WAIT to see pictures of the finished suite, I mean, coop!!! And some pictures of your guests, I mean chickens! You go girl!!! You should be so proud of yourself, and your hubby should be proud too!

morningbrayfarm.com said...

Okay, seriously? Are you sure this is the first time you've done this? You even have the lingo down and everything! Yowza! :)

Day in the life of A Parmentier said...

It's beautiful! What lucky ladies you have! I can't wait to see the final product! You should be quite proud of yourself!

Nezzy said...

Oh your chickletts are gonna be welcomed home to a wonderful charmin' chick cottage. What a luck little brood your gonna have there girl!

May God bless this beautiful day!

Deanna said...

Looking good! It is sunny today so maybe the oil based pain will go on and dry like a dream. Those are some lucky chikies.

Rural Revival said...

Wow, I am really impressed Tammy! You did a great job and now I'm impatient to meet the future inhabitants! : )

~Andrea~

Kilauea Poetry said...

This is terrific- I'm happy for you..how exciting!! Good thing you swalled your pride and got some needed help too. Really nice job Tammy- what a sweet home!

Catherine said...

the baby owl is so cute! and your work is fabulous, i wish i could do the same!many thanks for your visits Tammy! hugs catherine

Cheryl said...

Wow! I can not wait to see the finished project, filled with babies of course!

McVal said...

Wow! I think that coop is built better than my house! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Q said...

Your coop is darling...you have done a wonderful job. I am so impressed...looking forward to meeting the chicks. I bet they will love their new home. It is the best looking chicken coop I have ever seen.
Sherry

pogonip said...

You had some great ideas for your coop that I might use on my mom's! It looks so professional--and you built it yourself, wow.

Lynn said...

Very cool coop! Hope you got your chicks and they're settling in nicely :)

elvira pajarola said...

My dear...this is a VILLA for your little chickens....soooooo lucky....!
Wonderful and so precicely your work.....!

I do adore your new magnificient composition in your header; I am sure You remember: there is no one who composes gracious mosaics like you!!!!!!

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
have a wonderful and sunny week!
ciao ciao elvira

Elle Bee said...

Did the chicks come?! Excited to hear all about them!
Elle
PS Love the garden bunny and the evening primrose in your header.

Sheryl Salisbury said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your coop. This is an older post so I was wondering if there was anything you'd do differently inside or out? Is it easy to clean?
Thanks for your time.
Sheryl @ www.sweetrootandarrows.com

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