Saturday, September 27, 2014

It has begun...

Give me a few hours in the afternoon, some tools and a chicken coop, and you better stand back - because today I started demolishing Hilltop chicken coop...

One sheet off...

Off with some metal roofing, and then removing the metal sheeting down the side. I was surprised how quickly it went, with just me working away. David was baby wrangling, and I'm grateful for it. I've been wanting to start renovating this chicken coop for months.

What's this?

I even found a mud wasps nest, parked in behind the metal sheets and timber holding up the chicken nest. I noticed the wasps last summer. With the wall gone now however, they''ll find it difficult to rebuild.

Two sheets gone...

I'm opening up the inside, because while I've liked having an enclosed area, separate to the run - I quickly discovered ventilation was reduced. I think my new design will be much nicer for the chickens, and I've got further changes which will benefit us too!

Now I just have to wait for another vacant day, David will be available, to continue.


  1. Wow Chris! You are amazing. I can't wait to see more of this project.

    1. Aw thanks. I can't wait to get back to work!

      I thought I wouldn't like this part - demolishing - but its not as time consuming as I thought. Its just finding the baby free time, which is the trick!

  2. What a fun project! So true about ventilation, and it really takes living with an arrangement to figure out a better way. Experience counts for so much.

    1. Fun, it definitely is! Am I a little crazy for liking this kind of stuff, lol?

      Ventilation is really key I discovered, and I probably moddy-coddled my chickens without realising. They preferred the run to the coop, but the coop was bigger. Open plan living, simply opens up both spaces!

      I guess I had to live with it for a while to realise what needed changing.


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