Page 1 of 14 1234511 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 132

Thread: Coop de Ville, Mark 2

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Central NY State
    Posts
    3,374

    Coop de Ville, Mark 2

    Some of you may remember this thread from a year ago, when I presented my new coop de ville: http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...=coop+de+ville

    Well, after giving us great fresh eggs for nearly a year, it's time to give our hens a nicer home. The coop de ville, Mark 2.

    This is basically a 5 x 6 foot shed, which is new territory for me. The last image is about 200 board feet of pine I bought today from a local Amish sawyer. The siding will most likely be board & batten. Still a work in progress, with more pictures to follow, as the project progresses.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails base.jpg   deck.jpg   side.jpg   pine.jpg  

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,364
    Can't wait to see this. I've been wanting chickens for quite a while now...
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Central NY State
    Posts
    3,374
    Brent, having chickens is really a lot of fun. They do their thing, and are overall pleasant creatures. Each one lays an egg approximately every 25 hours. So for my little family, we have all the delicious fresh eggs we can eat. I feel bad about the ugly A frame I made last year, and am looking forward to having a coop we can actually go into to clean. Windows are ordered, and should arrive in a couple of days.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Posts
    12,264
    Wow this is now a luxury condo Ken. I remember the last post and coop. Seems to me you gonna have to get more chickens to have a bigger yield to pay the increased electric bill for the heating in winter by selling some eggs to your neighbors.

    Soon yu will be changing you Avatar to Chicken man and fighting forces of evil Aw shucks you have to click to get the sound going.
    cheers

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Posts
    8,529
    Went to visit my brother in law many years ago at Christmas time. He lives in Waerloo Cal. which is near Stockton. During the winter they get real heavy tooley fog and sometimes can go weeks without any sunlight. He was complaining that his chicken quit laying and couldn't figer out why. I told him that the chicken need to see the sunlight. and until the fog lifted they wouldn't lay any eggs. I went to the local tractor supply and picked up a spotlight and a timer, set it top give the chicken 12 hrs of "sunlight" and they started laying again.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Central NY State
    Posts
    3,374
    Well Rob, our flock is only four, though the new coop will be able to accommodate more. We give eggs to our neighbors, and occasionally ask them to provide care when we're away. The heating costs are pretty minimal - a 100 watt bulb running several hours/day only when it's really cold [which it does get here.] Much of the year - when the days are long, there's no lights, and when we only need light without heat, then I use a 13 watt CF bulb. There's a reason that "chicken feed" refers to something cheap - it is, even when we buy the good stuff, which we do. This time of year, the hens are out and about all day long, finding their own food.

    Given the choice, a chicken would rather work for a living than receive a free lunch.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    new york city burbs
    Posts
    10,188
    Nice project.
    Nothing like giving the chickens a new condo.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,364
    Do you let them roam around loose during the day and pen them up at night?
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Posts
    1,930
    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Can't wait to see this. I've been wanting chickens for quite a while now...
    Our first Christmas out here in the boonies, I gave Brent a book called "Living with Chickens".

    I knew it was a mistake

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Central NY State
    Posts
    3,374
    Yes, they have the run of the property. They stay close mostly. You can see a couple of them in picture 2 above. Chickens will go back into their coop on their own, as it gets to be twilight.

Similar Threads

  1. Coop De Villa!
    By Brent Dowell in forum Carpentry and Construction
    Replies: 73
    Last Post: 05-11-2015, 03:10 AM
  2. Where's Mark K?
    By larry merlau in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-15-2009, 09:47 PM
  3. Announcing my new coop de ville
    By ken werner in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 06-25-2009, 11:41 PM
  4. A little something for Ned and Mark
    By Rennie Heuer in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-10-2009, 09:33 PM
  5. Welcome Mark Rios!
    By Stuart Ablett in forum Welcome and Introductions
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 11-02-2006, 01:29 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •