It’s near enough done now!
What a job! Over the last couple of weeks we’ve finished the run and coop then moved the birds over.
It stayed like this for a couple of days. I was working up until about 11pm and getting as much done as possible but always went to bed wishing I’d progressed further.
Next I put the weldmesh where required. This time I’ve used the 10mm hole version which has smaller holes than the last stuff which I think was 20mm.
I also finished the coop. It has two doors, the left side is where the nest boxes are and has a solid wood floor. The right has a mesh floor and the perches.
We moved the roof over, which had to be made slightly longer, and then moved all the birds over into their respective sides.
I ran out of weld mesh so had to bodge some panels in place to block the holes temporarily.
That evening the chickens wanted to get back to their usual coop. I put them inside the new one, on the perches, but they got down and made a racket. Eventually they decided to settle in the nest boxes.
We realised it was too light for them. The solution was to staple some weed-stop fabric onto the roof inside the coop to make it more cosy. By this time it was quite dark and they stayed on the perches when I moved them back.
The second night they went into the coop but when I went to check, Star popped her head out…
The third night onwards they go to bed on the perch. Success!
This is what the finished article looks like:
Theres still a fair amount of work to do, the shed needs to be built using the wood from the old chicken run. Then there’s more paving and tidying up to finish the rest of the garden.Comments 4 comments