April 13, 2010

The City Chick Chalet

My wonderful husband and builder extraordinaire has finished the coop and run, with the exception of a few things. The girls spent their first night in their City Chick Chalet on Sunday. To my delight, everyone survived...including me. For someone who had no building plans or a specific design, I think Neal did a terrific job.

Come along for a tour...

The CCC (city chick chalet) is right outside our back door, near the patio. We used leftover wood scraps from The Ranch for the coop. The top portion is the exterior siding material, and the bottom portion is our bead board ceiling material. Pretty cool, huh?

The egg box is approximately 10 steps from our back door, which will make gathering eggs so quick and easy!

For ventilation, Neal used two old floor vents we had. This will allow us to adjust the flow of air as needed. He also plans to add a window or two which will help with ventilation and give the girls some sunlight when they choose to stay in the coop.

My major contribution to this project was the painting of the coop. We used a deck stain that Neal won at a car show. The color is called "barn red" and I think it blends in nicely with our house. I just love it when I can use something that was free AND it matches the decor!

This nifty design of Neal's operates the coop door. We can use this to open and close the door without having to step inside the run, which means no poopy shoes!

Here you can see another view of the door opener, as well as the roosting perch and what we call the dugout area. The girls love the dugout area!

And they also love their outdoor perch. We thought it would take them a while to learn to get up there, but all four of them made it up on the first day!

Inside the coop we have natural tree branch perches and lots of pine shavings.

The nesting boxes are closed off until they start laying.

You may remember how nervous I am about predators and how I told Neal to build a chicken Fort Knox? Hopefully that problem has been solved by using these latches and clasp locks. There are two on the full-size door, one on the clean-out door and one on the egg box. And as for digging predators, a chicken wire apron underneath covered with bricks should do the trick! Only the best for our girls!

Thanks for taking the tour. Stay tuned for more chicken capers in the days to come!

11 comments:

the7msn said...

Wow! This is fabulous! Love the ingenious coop-door opener.

Lilla said...

Thanks, Linda. I have a feeling that ingenious coop door opener is going to be one of the best features of all!

Susie said...

Great Job! I am beginning to think that it is going to be hard for you to leave the new ladies to go to the beach in a couple of weeks.

Lilla said...

Susie, it will be difficult to leave them, but I know Neal will take good care of them. And, of course, I'll get daily phone updates!

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

What an awesome coop!!! But I'm not surprised. Neal is such a talented carpenter! I started out feeding and watering inside the coop - but they made such a mess inside I ended up moving it all outside. Now they only lay eggs and sleep in the coop. I'm not sure how they feel about that - but I'm a heck-uva-lot happier. Your girls looks SO happy - sweet things! They look like they know what an awesome home they have - and how loved they truly are.

Angie said...

This is a fabulous coop!!

Lilla said...

Penny and Angie, thanks for the compliments. I think Neal did an awesome job too and the girls seem very happy with their new digs!

Amy said...

Wow! Nice coop! Fantastic job!

Lilla said...

Amy, thanks for the compliments and for visiting my blog. I love to see new folks pop in and make comments!

jasperlilith said...

i want one :)

Lilla said...

Daune, I am sure Jon could build you a city chick chalet in no time. Of course, it would only make sense if you were to get chickens. Is that a possibility? I bet Jasper would love chickens!