Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chicken Bungaloo


Our newly-hatched chicks will arrive next week and we're still at work on the home they'll move into this summer.

I've been designing and planning this coop for almost a year now. So I've had lots of time to figure out the (for me) most important part of its construction: The workflow.


I opted for the kit approach. I carefully drafted the whole thing, cut, labelled and stockpiled each piece and then timed out the two-person jobs to fall on the weekends when Lisa was available.


This modular construction approach allowed us to paint each piece and then assemble it a bit at a time. It's very satisfying to watch it grow: like putting a jigsaw puzzle together.

The rain has stopped work for now. But I did manage to get roof on it before the bad weather and even put a "topping off" branch up for good luck.




Here's how it stands now.



And here's what it will hopefully look like when we're through.

15 comments:

Bubbaloo Magoo said...

For a second there when I first saw the title, I thought you were calling me names! ;) That's looking awesome! I may try to hit you up for the design! ;)

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Love love LOVE the knee braces under the roof. You two are so talented, this new coop is positively charming. Very nicely done...can't wait to meet the new residents!

wassamatta_u said...

That last picture looks like a person is holding a chicken handpuppet! I want a chicken handpuppet!!!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Don't be silly! That's my purse.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Robb gets all the design credit. I just did the grunt work on this project.

Estyn said...

It is beautimous!!

Bungalow Boxer said...

OMG! LOVE the baby bungalow!!!!!! Goes so well with your bungalow!!!!

Anonymous said...

Our friend Wassa wants to get
A chicken-like hand puppet,
So he'll pretend it's just a pet
And shove his hand right up it. 
But I would beg to make a
Friendly observation and
Urge him not to shove his hand 
Up in a hen's  cloaca.

Grumpy

Amber said...

Great job! I love the design. I can't wait to see the finished coop. Ours isn't as far along as yours, but I am hoping to finish shortly after the rain stops! Our chickens are ready to be outside now (beware it happens much faster than you would expect).

Anonymous said...

O Frank! You are the Bard of the Barnyard.

Stefaneener said...

I love the graphic Lisa. Looks nice -- the chicks will adore it.

Anonymous said...

Scrap the chickens.... can I come live there?

Bandaid

Pamina said...

Congrats on getting chickens and making them such a gorgeous home! I hope they bring you as much joy as we get from them. Such a great addition to the home!!

ML said...

I'm as impressed by the computer graphic as I am by the real thing!

Paula said...

Lucky chickens! Their new coop is nicer than a lot of houses.

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