|The hen house portion of the coop was built in my shop. All but|
the top came from plywood salvaged from the basement where
they had been used as sliding, closet doors.
|Creating a jig in preparation for cutting a hole in the garage for the nesting boxes.|
|It's no trivial matter to cut through the heretofore undisturbed wall of a 100-year old garage.|
|I reluctantly had to cut a stud. The nesting boxes are in the garage due to |
space considerations, the ability to retrieve the eggs without getting rained on, and
|The nesting boxes. It turns out you only usually need one for 6 or so hens.|
|The main wall has 3-way operation. 1. Shutters open to admit light.|
Shutters are needed because it is a sunny spot.
|2. The window, a reused one from the basement windows we replaced,|
swings out to provide additional ventilation.
|The hen's front door. On the left a picture window (yes, the plexiglass is in. |
On the right the closed door rides in an aluminum channel.
The front and back have vent holes that can be open or closed by sliders.