Last week, we put the roof on the chicken coop.
By “we”, I mean my dad… 😉 Thanks, Dad!!
My dad put up cross rafters, then layered the sheets of roofing and screwed them down. We used the same roofing as on the house and sheds; so everything matches nicely.
Then dad put up some chicken wire across the space at the top of the coop, for ventilation and so no predators can get in.
Now our little chickies are warm and dry and can stay in the coop all the time! They’ve been in there since Wednesday and are loving the extra space to run around and clean straw to scratch in.
We still have a few cracks to seal up and we’re going to concrete around the base of the coop to keep critters out (mostly our dogs) and then we’re going to build a chicken run outside of the coop. At some point.
And we’ll build real roosting poles and nesting boxes for the inside of the coop as the chickens get bigger. I think we’re going to use plastic crates for the nesting boxes.
Once the chicks get a bit older, we’re just going to let them free range in our fenced orchard and garden and hopefully they won’t get eaten by hawks. We lost a chick earlier last week because it jumped over the short partition we had over the doorway of the coop and got picked up by a hawk, so we may end up letting the chicks free range less than we expected. I’ve heard that stringing fishing wire over the top of your enclosure deters hawks, so we might try that. Has anyone had success with that? Let me know if you have! 🙂