This is the coop before we started our little project. It began as a pig pen when Nate came home from Grandpa’s house several summers ago with two quarter pot-belly piglets. How could we say “No” when they were already here and Grandpa already said “Yes”? Don’t you hate when that happens? Any who, it got repurposed.
To cut down on the amount of concrete we would need we added and packed what seemed like a ton of dirt. I am not a fan of dirt work, or digging with the post whole digger. After all the dirt was nice and packed, I left Roxie to guard the dirt for any dirt thieves while I got the metal grid for the concrete. She make an awesome dirt guard.
With the mess in place, it’s time for concrete. Here’s a tip: if possible mix the concrete in a tractor bucket. That way you can mix more than a bag at a time. And be certain you buy enough concrete in the first place so you won’t have to go on a scavenger hunt on a Sunday afternoon when most stores are closed.
The Weather decided to we needed a delay, because it rained for a few days while we were waiting for the concrete to dry. Once we could walk on it, it was onto adding the walls. We went the “lazy” way. Adding the OSB first, then cutting the excess.
What chicken coop would be complete without some “Southern Flair”? Plus we need exterior walls. Using salvaged cedar fence panels, we made lap siding and trim.