Finally this project is back on the agenda after a few months delay and we start by importantly animal proofing! I promise we’re not (usually) the type that say we’re gonna do a project and don’t deliver – so sorry ’bout that. Truth be told, we’re doing our darn best to skimp on this project and recycle as much as we can to save on cash. After all, it’s only a chicken coop!
Our lovely neighbours have warned us to make sure we secure the coop really well as they’ve lost several chooks in the past to foxes and snakes. (Yikes). So in an attempt to ‘bomb proof’ the hell outta this coop, we got stuck into creating exterior trenches this weekend. And let me tell you they’re hard work and time consuming.
After a shopping spree to Bunnings for some vitals, we picked up 10 sheets of fibre cement sheeting, which was almost half the price of weatherboard. So Luke won that battle, as I had my heart set on weatherboards. Neverless, it will look awesome. We also grabbed a few 3m lengths of coppers logs for the run and some cheapo framing timber.
First thing was to attack the perimetre with a maddock and shovel. We dug around the outside of the henhouse approximately 30cm deep – through rock and all!
Then recycled some old timber sleepers we had as garden beds to place inside the trenches. We figured these would be almost impossible for a fox to dig underneath.
We secured the sleepers in place with Luke’s orange Paslode air gun (featured below) and then used trusty batten screws to fix securely in place against the corner sleepers.
My glamorous task (…What the hell am I wearing, OMG?) was to back fill the soil around the logs and make them look pretty.
We did manage a few more tasks this weekend, but will share in another post soon. Looking forward to fresh eggs!
P.S Do you have any tips on how to lay the avery wire (such as vertically or horizontally)?