Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Chicken Mansion
The little grandson of the neighbor, came over today and wanted to visit the ‘chicken mansion’! I had to laugh, apparently, his Uncle David, has been referring to my coop….as such! And I suppose it fits….
I finally got started on the coop inside the shed, this week. All the electrical is done. So I got started framing in the chicken area.
I had already primed and painted the wall area and was ready to build the chicken wire wall.
I framed in for a doorway. I am using an old screen door, that had been majorly altered to fit someone’s space under a stairwell, in my daughter’s house. Thus the edges are all uneven but it’s the look I wanted….so I begged it off of her.
It wasn’t until I saw this picture that I remembered to add some large crystals I got on Etsy to my chandelier.
Today I attached chicken wire to the screen door. I had to use staples as the other brads (?) were to heavy duty for the frame.
New screen and the new crystals. The light fixture was $5, a can of spray paint and the string of beads and the crystals, another $25…..so a full on Chandelier for $30.
My friend, Bev (www.beehavenacres.blogspot.com) recommended I build a little wall along the base. So I cut and painted some small panels to lay on the edge to keep the pine shavings inside the coop. I will put the chicken wire between the 2x4’s and this edge.
Now for the fun part…some wood bling!
Being a professional painter for years, I have a tendency to prime, paint and cover all bare areas. When I got done doing that I thought the shabby look might be fun so I sanded some of it off….it felt weird, doing it! But I like it.
I put up four brackets on this wall and have a few more to add to some shelves I will make later. Right now I am looking for some way to get vents into this shed, for some air flow. I have been to several big box stores and am having a hard time finding something, I could have open in the summer and close in the winter. Frustrating. I am also looking for another window for the gable end. So my ladies will have lots of light for egg production (14 hrs. a day). My automatic door is on order and after some details inside I will be making a chicken run outside, as well. I think my girls, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks will be very happy in their ‘Chicken Mansion”, don’t you?
I linked up to Brambleberry Cottage at http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/
and The French Country Cottage