Ready for Chickens!

I finally finished the chicken coop a few weeks ago (actually my father-in-law came down to help over a long weekend) while we had 20 degree weather, then it snowed, and now it's warmed up so I took a few pictures.  At this point, I just need to paint and get the birds.

The eggs, food, and water can all be accessed from this side of the coop.

The eggs, food, and water can all be accessed from this side of the coop.

The two windows and side vents have chicken wire on the inside so we can keep them open in the summer and not worry about predators.  Jennifer had the idea to add a hook in the front for the egg basket to use while you're collecting eggs.  The entire roof of the nesting boxes opens from this side and has a little weather stripping to keep the hens warm.

I currently use a stick to hold up the roof - my engineering degree in action!

I currently use a stick to hold up the roof - my engineering degree in action!

I also built little doors at the bottom so I can access the food and water without having to go into the chicken yard.  They are suspended from the floor of the chicken coop with wire and a clip for easy removal.

The back of the coop is totally fenced in and has deer netting on the top to keep birds of prey out.  It also has a door which rises with the sun and closes when it's dark.  This way the hens will be able to get out in the morning and I won't have to worry about predators.  When someone is around, we can use the front door and have them run around in the stable yard.

I can barely get my kids to school on time - no need to get up with the sun!

I can barely get my kids to school on time - no need to get up with the sun!

I have three large doors to help me get in and clean the coop and inside I decided to go with natural chicken roosts using two large branches I found in my brush pile.