The New West Wing
With so many new chickens needing housing it was time to extend the existing coop. Rather than buiding something totally free-standing we decided to expand the existing coop by building on a wing on the western side.
Our wonderful builder Tom worked with me to come up with a design. It was a little less stressful than an episode of Grand Designs but the original idea was changed a few times.
Even at late stages we were tweaking the design. I asked Tom to put in a door. Sure. No problem. He whipped one up in half a day.
Tom built most of the extended structure before he took down the existing western wall.
Tom built the Big Peeps a ladder leading up to their access door. He even put in a window to the main door to the new sleeping quarters.
These are the facilities inside the West Wing. Two parallel perches for roosting.
The nesting boxes are not in use yet but there are four inside this wing.
The L-shaped run has received a coat of sump oil to preserve the wood. And the whole coop was re-roofed.
The old roofing material was used to clad the sides of the coop and make it better able to withstand the weather.
It makes the coop look a lot more rustic and more like an Aussie men's shed.
So it is now called the Chook Shed.
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