Saturday, April 25, 2015

Chicks and Coops!

I have been threatening to do it for some time. Last weekend I finally sucked it up and bought a new coop and some chicks. I planned to build a coop because the materials costs really aren't that high, however I just could not seem to find the time to make it happen. I stopped by my local farm store and took a gander at what they had to offer coop wise. I found this coop made by Precision and fell in love. It matches the buildings on my homestead and is just the right size for a small flock of chickens. I purchased the coop, 6 chicks, mash, grit, meal worms, a heat lamp, bedding, and a heat lamp. Out the door cost was $390.

The coop comes in two flat-packed boxes for ease in getting them home. You can pay someone to assemble them, but the fact is you can do it yourself in just about an hour. Easy-peasy. You can get it done even faster with a couple of neighbor kids to assist, like I did.

Here are some photos I took as I assembled this backyard beauty just so you can see how quick and easy you too can have a small flock where you live:

Empty the boxes and make sure you have all the parts. In this case we opened up both boxes and looked over everything carefully.

An electric screwdriver made short work of the assembly process. 

 Don't be afraid to undo something you did wrong. Take things apart before you assemble the entire thing and discover a problem. It took two tries for me to get the nesting box floor correct.

Built in perches are over a removable tray so cleaning the coop is really easy. 

I chose this particular coop because of its features:

·        Rain-resistant asphalt roof
·        3 nesting boxes
·        3 roosting bars
·        Adjustable coop ventilation
·        Removable floor pan
·        Internal nesting box with rear door access
·        Houses up to 5-7 adult chickens 

I am very pleased with the finished product. This coop has many great features including plenty of space for 5 - 7 birds. Now I just have to wait for my chicks to be old enough and hearty enough to be outside. 

What does your chicken coop look like? Share with us below!