We have been working hard on our mobile chicken coop! Time for an update!
My husband has been working hard on the outside of the coop, taking off some metal that was sticking out. Great tools come in handy when having to (re-)build something like this. We have been collecting tools over the years to spread costs, and we are almost satisfied with our collection.
We have an awesome neighbor who has a welding machine. My husband does know how to weld, but we don’t have a welding machine. Thankfully our neighbor was willing to help us out, and we bartered his help for 20 eggs and some jam and jelly. My husband made supports for the backside of the chicken coop so we can level it in the pasture and won’t have it tipping over when we step in. He used metal parts we had on hand, so it didn’t really cost us anything. Then our neighbor was so kind to weld metal plates to the supports so they don’t sink into the ground.
As I mentioned in part 1 of the mobile chicken coop update, the backside is quite high off the ground. I was just going to use a stepping stool to get in, but our neighbor insisted on making an attached step from some metal he had, and it looks awesome!
While daddy was working hard on the backside, our son decided he wanted to help too! (Don’t worry, I made him wear a face mask after taking the picture) It is awesome that we can make this into a family project!
When we could finally (safely) climb into the chicken coop, we started to pull out everything on the inside. We pulled out a lot of weight! The tires are thanking us!
After an afternoon of hard work we finally had everything pulled out! Now it is time for a big clean and planning our rebuild, and finally the most exciting the actual rebuild!
So what’s the plan?
- Cleaning the inside
- Drawing out where the roosts and nesting boxes will go
- Building the roosts and nesting boxes
- Adding ventiliation
Those plans should probably last us at least a week. If we have time left over we can work on sanding the outside.