The weather gods were cooperative yesterday, which was the first day for several days we didn’t get doused with heavy rain. Which makes pouring concrete a no-go. I had to cover up the area with a large tarp to keep the water from washing mud into my forms. But it relented on Saturday and so I poured. The footers for the new coop are now established and drying. The framing will commence shortly.
These will be based on pressure treated 4x4s onto which the T111 siding will be nailed and the dual wide-opening barn-type doors will be hung. I’ve settled on metal roofing, to match the metal roofing of my shed and I’m even going so far as duplicating the angle of the existing shed’s roofline so that the coop’s roofline will match. This will result in a more visually harmonious end result, which is as important as a functional result, in my opinion. Who wants to look at an ugly coop? Certainly not prospective down-the-road buyers of my house, if I ever decide to sell it. It is important to consider such things when erecting structures on one’s property. They can either add to – or detract from – its potential market appeal and thus, value.
There is also value – to me – of the thing looking nice. Of being nice. It is why I am also incorporating some other nice features – credit to my beautiful Corona Queen for thinking of them. These include a pergola in between the shed and the coop, overhead of the concrete pad/entrance to the coop area. Which will be gated, to keep the birds from doing what birds do wherever birds go. It will be a nice place to sit and watch the birds, from an Adirondack wooden chair, perhaps. Or have a cup of coffee and read. A nice, private cozy little corner.
The coop will be made attractive to the eye via the aforesaid matching of its structural outlines and angles with the existing shed. And via the installation of cute, dollhouse-style windows on each end and (possibly) on the far wall. I haven’t decided on that yet. I have decided to install a set of exterior lamps – like the ones you generally see by the front door of most people’s homes. To give the thing a homey look and serve the purpose of being motion-detectable, so as to deter any predators that somehow manage to get inside the perimeter.
Which ought to be hard, given the perimeter is already secured by heavy fencing set half a foot in the ground, sunk in concrete. I recommend doing this or similar if you decide to build a coop/run yourself as predators are determined and they will burrow underneath a fence that is not sunk deep in the ground. The concrete is a further barrier that will deter all but the most determined – and I’ve yet to encounter one such.
There will also be a completely fenced in (side and top) self-service run that the birds can access at will – without my having to open or close the door. This will be good for their health and it will make it possible for me to play hooky, occasionally. Which I cannot do, currently, because the old coop’s door has to be opened and closed by me every morning and every night, to let the birds out – and keep the predators out – because it does not lead to a secured all sides run. Just the fenced-in perimeter. Which predators can still crawl over – or fly into (owls and hawks).
The next video will show the 4×4 framing, which will hopefully be done in the next few days, weather permitting. Once that’s done, the siding and roofing ought to go up quickly and then the last major task before the structure itself is finished will be cutting, bracing and hanging the barn doors.
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