Saturday, February 28, 2009

the coop

Ryan started building the coop on Friday and Tim came to offer a bit more expertise today. The thing is framed out and taking shape. It will sit against the garage and measures 10 feet wide by 4 feet deep by 6 feet tall. The left end will house the chickens in a raised 3 x 4 foot enclosed house with two nesting boxes, a roost rod and a ramp leading down to the floor of the wire enclosed run. Under the raised house we plan to store their feed and whatever supplies might fit there. We joined a local yahoo group for chicken owners which is most enlightening and as a result are really trying to raccoon proof this thing.
I spent the day moving and making room for a few more raised beds and our five new blueberry bushes. I also took down the raised edge beds that sat against the garage as a start to a kind of foundation for the coop. We’re planning to set the whole thing on buried cinder blocks to 1) keep the wood from rotting on the bare ground and 2) to keep those pesky raccoons from digging under the coop’s wire edge.

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