We really got a lot done on the chicken hutch! Pictures speak louder than words 🙂
A real woman isn’t afraid to step in a little rotting compost to put her chicken hutch walls up!
Here’s the progress I made. On the left you can see the nest box. Don’t worry about that top, that’s not the final top. The final top will be a bigger piece of laminated plywood and I’m going to make it hinged to raise up and little hooks on the sides to keep it fastened. The roof will extend out on that left side to keep the rain off it as well.
On the top of the chicken hutch I have it covered flat with hardware cloth. You can see in the back there are some gaps in the walls that are also covered with hardware cloth. The roof will go on top but it won’t actually cover the hardware cloth so it will stay dry but the entire top will be open to the air. Kinda like as if the roof was a whole separate part, which essentially it will be.
I still don’t really know how I am going to do the door. I am out of hardware cloth, though there might be some sitting around here, so I might need to make a solid door. I still do need a few things to finish it, I’m almost out of screws and I need to get hinges for the nest box and the door, but I think we made some nice progress. I am going into town tomorrow to get the kittens SNIP SNIPPED so I might swing by the hardware store if I don’t find any more hardware cloth for the door.
I am getting the chickens next weekend but I’m leaving town to get them so I might have to delegate the roof to my hubby. I can finish the door up this week hopefully, even if it rains, just because I can make the door separately. The roof, however, is really big and ungainly and is one thing I can’t do by myself. It will be made from corrugated roofing that is already on the shed in the front so I have to get it off that shed and moved out to the back yard and put on the coop. We’ll see how it goes!
Anyway, here’s some more cute pics of my Helpy Helpertons