It’s November. This is Upstate NY. It is now time to move inside. But sadly I am not where I hoped to be with this shed. It is not yet the glorious chicken coop / potting shed of my dreams but hopefully come this spring I can make that happen with the following steps:
- Cut to size and paint MiraTec fascia and corner boards
- Attach soffit material. (I have the screening up, and the 1/4″ ply primed and painted)
- Build third loft between the other two
- Put down permanent shiplap loft boards
- Build coop wall with nesting boxes, food/water access and door
- Paint the interior of the shed, walls and ceiling..?
- Paint the shed floor
- Build ramp for double doors
- Build steps for coop door
- Figure out how to get gorgeous stone steps for dutch door for cheap
- Install hardware for dutch door
- Build awesome rolling ladder for lofts
- Build chicken run area … hoop house? .. thing..y
- Run electricity out to the shed
- Add interior lights
- Add exterior lights with fancy remote 3-way switch (I hope)
- Get new porch lights, and place the pathetically too small current ones on the more appropriately sized shed
- Add more gravel, figure out what to do about grass round the foundation
Sadly this lack of progress means my 8 layers spend another winter in my woefully too small first coop. In order to make that a little less dreadful, I upgraded it a bit. I first replaced the miserable and terribly ineffective (but somehow never breached) plastic netting top with some galvanized window wells to provide some cover.
The sides were also poultry wire, which it turns out is only good for keeping poultry in one spot so that animals that like to eat them (ie every animal around here) can rip it open and gorge themselves at will. I replaced that with hardware cloth (which it should have been to begin with).
Finally I added a temporary extension on to the existing run. I built two 10′ by 3’6″ walls with 1″ hardware cloth, which will hopefully get re-used in the permanent run, and then scrapped them together with whatever I had laying around.
It’s not actually painted white… there was no time for such niceties this time around.
I’m also replacing the food and water with two new designs that I’m pretty excited about. Thanks to Jimmywalt on Backyard Chickens. These will let me get the food and water out of the coop which will help with space, and keeping it dry in there.
So that’s it for outdoors… let’s head on inside. The woodstove is cranked up, there’s 100% less chicken poop around (okay, fine more like 98%, the kids aren’t the best at avoiding it) and there are plenty of projects awaiting.