When I left off, we had a coop and run, fully enclosed but for actual doors and gates. So let's take a look at the various portals and how they were made fast. Before I go into detail, I just have to say that I was pretty excited and very apprehensive about building actual doors, never having done so before. My only prior door/window experience was installing pre-hung windows and doors when I converted our carport to a studio at 3371, 16 years ago. The scariest part of every construction project I've ever done is the part that requires me to use skills and techniques that are new to me. I always doubt my ability to get those things right and I always feel proudest of that part of the finished product. Assuming it comes out okay...
So first the human-sized coop door. I chose a classic shed door style as something I thought I could manage and that would function well for that spot. I used 1" lumber of mixed widths (to enable me to get closest to the size I needed) and laid the boards out on the picnic table. Then, by building a rectangle slightly smaller than the finished door size, I attached all the boards together. Diagonal cross-braces keep it all true and strong. Look how beautiful it is!
Next, the nesting boxes. Chickens will nest in a wide variety of things and I could have re-purposed something or built my own, but I was attracted to the utilitarian beauty of the pre-fab sheet metal boxes so I bought them. Here is the opening in the wall--to allow for egg collection:
|note the "shelf" to help stabilize the boxes|
|there is actually a wooden perch that rests on little arms that attach to the boxes but I installed that when the girls were closer to laying|
And this is the nesting box door from the outside:
And then...all moved in!
|Annabelle getting comfy|