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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tricky Tuesday #5

Finally... some pictures of the chicken coop portion of the goat shed/chicken coop structure in the part of our yard reserved for our pets (that are livestock)!

This is the front view of the goat shed, which is the back view of the chicken coop.
The chicken coop is, of course, on top.  Take note that there are protrusions
on either side of the chicken coop.  Those are nesting boxes.

Here we peek into the back of the chicken coop (the piece of plywood being lifted)
and see a waterer and a feeder in the middle and nesting boxes to either side.
Under the floor of the chicken coop, you can see a little bit into the goat shed.
We are looking in through the back door and UP.
Centered in the photo is the Wyendotte rooster
and a hen on each side of him.
You can kind of see into one level
of the nesting boxes off to the left.
Looking in through the back door again,
you see the nesting boxes on the right side
(looking at it from the back, of course).
And, of course, two hens on a roost.
This is the left side of the structure.
I hope you can see how the nesting boxes jut out just a little.
Oh, and do you see the home-made hinges on the nesting boxes?
Why yes, they are made of leather!
Nesting boxes on the left.
There are two levels and a divider in each,
for a total of 8 nesting boxes.
Wyendotte hens, one in each nesting box (lid lifted to look in).
This is looking directly at the right side of the structure.
Looking into the coop from a nesting box
on the right (when viewed from the back of the coop).
This is a view of the front of the chicken coop,
which is also the back of the goat shed.
The ladder for the chickens does NOT reach to the door.
Basically, it's just meant to help them
 get high enough to flap up to the door.
Almost the same perspective as the previous picture,
except that the opening into the coop is visible
because the board blocking it (in the first picture)
has been moved to the right (it juts above the height of the roof).
Although it's not perfectly discernable, the foundation of the structure was built by joining three pallets.  The pallets and other wood used in construction of this structure was either from pallets or used fencing material (all free).  And the hinges were made from old leather boots Jessie cut down and turned into hinges.  Although we did buy the boots, they were worn as footwear until the soles came off the leather uppers, so I call them free, too... since most folks would've put them in the landfill when they could no longer function as boots!

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