Sunday, May 15

*the Chick-Inn - vacancy

After many long laborious hours The Chick-Inn is finished!

Eric has worked tirelessly many days on in.  He is a researcher and a planner and skilled in many areas which makes him an all around great handy man!  I love him and I think I am gonna keep him.  Let me count they vast ways I love him. Oh, sorry- this post is about the chicken coop, not my hubby. 

The coop was made from recycled materials from various parts of our property.  You will see things we ripped out of the workshop, closet doors from the inside of the house, and even wood from the tree house that was in the back yard when we bought the house. We, of course, had to purchase chicken wire, screws, and a few pieces of lumber but most everything you will see are recycled materials.

Measure twice, cut once!

This is the back of the "egg boxes" as Eric so fondly calls them.  These are cabinets that were in the workshop that at one time were part of the kitchen in the house. Eric amazes me. He accessed what we had and then made his plan from there. The cabinets are installed as they would have been if they were hanging in a kitchen, but he arranged the cabinets as such so that he could use the doors on the back of the cabinets - aka nesting boxes- so we could lift up and gather eggs.  The coop itself has been built inside the barn where one of the stalls were at previously.  The coop will also extend to the outside as well. 
The flooring is going down!  Eric decided to put in a wood plank floor using some wood that was recycled from part of the workshop.  There was an area in the spacious workshop that had a loft built but was not necessary to us. Henry labored for a good while dismantling the loot floor and pulling out nails so these could be used as part of the Inn.

Almost all of the planks are down at this point. With the guidance of my hubby, I helped him snap a line on the planks so he could get a good straight clean cut.

Doesn't it look great?

Is it ready yet???????????

So perhaps you might remember me telling you about some closet doors that I recycled indoors for other functions besides the ones they were intended for? Well, Eric took a pair of the folding doors that are hinged and you can see that he screwed a board to the top and bottom so it would no longer fold, but instead create one solid door. In this picture it is opened and latched.

Yes, there are those doors again!  He chose to use a single one on the end as part of the wall framing.  Then he used a pair of the larger folding doors for the bottom part of the wall.  He once again used some 2 X 4's to go across the top and bottom of the door so it will not fold in like folding doors are designed to do.  If you enlarge the picture or look closely you can see the latch on the bottom center of the big door.  He did this so the door can be lifted up on its hinges and latched in place for cleaning the coop out. So smart!
Our next door neighbor harvest hay to sell to the public for their livestock needs.  He gave us this roll and told us if we needed more to let him know.  Good neighbors are a blessing. As he was leaving I gave him a bag of squash, I hope that was a good trade!  The hay will be used to cover the floor of the coop.
The last thing we had to get done on Friday night before we could let the chicks in was to get their roosting rack finished. I was so excited!  I know Eric thought I had lost my mind because of my giggly behavior.  I could hardly wait to get them in there. The roosting rack was made of wood that was in the recycle pile as well.  We used one of Eric's tools to rip the boards to the size we needed for the slats. 

The first group to come in was the younger chicks. They went right to eating, after all it was dinner time.

Then we let the bigger chicks in, and the bullying started. This picture does not show all of the younger chicks, but if you will notice to the left are all the "bigger chicks" and they had basically shoved the younger ones into the corner out of fear. I felt so sorry for the little girls.  I wanted to spank the older ones and tell them they should know better.. but I didn't think it would do any good. 

Yeh, Yeh, we know you all are the bosses...

The wire shelving rack over in the corner is sort of a test.. I am not hip about this particular item in the coop.  It may prove to work well for what Eric has intended, we will just have to wait and see. Oh, yes.. that is my foot. I had had my boots on all day and my feet were aching. I took them off, so excited to get the chicks in, I sat down in the coop with them and snapped a few pictures!

Thanks Darlin!  Thanks for working so hard to provide a "Fort Knox" for our chickens!  Look above the back corner of the coop and you will see one of our cats, Timon. He went up the stairs to the loft and then came walking over to the top of the coop. The chickens were making all kinds of noise at this point so he was quite interested in all the commotion.  There is a small door down near the floor where Eric is standing which is hinged and can be opened to let the chicks free range or go into their outdoor coop area.  We have not put straw in the nesting boxes yet but plan to get that done one day this week. We still have some time before they are needed, not long though.  It is our hope that none of them get the idea to spend time inside of those cozy little areas until it is the right time. 
 The Chick-Inn had vacancy for a limited time, but now we have have put the NO VACANCY sign out!


  1. Great coop! What a safe and comfortable place for your chickens. We've wanted to have chickens again, but with more predators around it seems (lots of coyotes, fox, and mink), the chickens would have to have both indoor AND outdoor protection.

  2. Wow! That is impressive! I love that you guys used doors and such! My hubby can "make do" with anything too. It's great.

    Great job!

  3. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE IT! Eric you rocked it out and did the girls proud. That first egg will taste even yummier with all your hard work in it!

  4. This is just so awesome,we have pretty much done the same with only things on the homestead with the little exception of a few bought boards here and there.You did a great !!!!You really need a big round of applause(clap,clap)
    Hopping over from the BArn Hop
    Please stop on over for a a visit

  5. Holy Moly!!! Eric did a fantastic job!! I love how well cared for your chickens are!! I love your recycling,money, money back into your pockets!! Your Blog is my little piece of country while we wait to see what the Lord would have for us. Love you.
    BTW, love the foot in the picture

  6. Here from the Barn Hop! Love the idea! Great job and creative use!

  7. Thanks to all of you for stopping by! We did labor hard but we are thrilled to have completed a solid coop for our girls and one that cost us very little. Now for that first egg!!

  8. I love all the recycling going on! We are trying to figure out how we want to design our coop. Our babies are only 4 weeks old, they are doing great and growing like weeds (especially those crazy meat chicks!) THANKS for sharing I love the coop!!

  9. Hello, Friend! I can't tell you the number of times I've visited and tried to leave comments...all to no avail. I finally took time this morning to sit here and figure it out. Glad to have that behind me now! ;)

    Love that Coop! Eric did a SUPER job!

    Will write soon and tell you how the chicken tractor that you and Henry built together influenced something that is going to take place here! ;)


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