Building the Chook house

Here is the overdue story of how we made our chook house.

First I sourced some unwanted pallets, that was probably the easiest part of the whole process.

I spend hours spread over a few days/weekends pulling them apart, I separated 6 pallets, well, 5, then hubby did the last one. He powered through it twice the speed that I could.

A lot of the panels split due to being dry so you need to take your time and try pry them off evenly.

Once I had a lovely stack of panels I looked at them for about 3 weeks, wondering how I was going to make them resemble a chook house.

Easter weekend, when my brother was staying with us (egg hunt anyone?) he said, ‘Well let’s have a look at those plans of yours….’ and that’s when construction began.

Frame work done, time to cut those panels to size and make a floor.

As the panels went down, I could slowly see the image in my head coming to life.

I wasn’t great with the saw or tape measure but I was in there with the hammer and had a few goes with the nail gun. (Side note: I’m really really good at standing and holding things while they are getting cut/measured/fixed in place……yup.)

Sides were on, now to decide how to get the roof to sit and be functional as a lid/access point…..I’ll go make you guys a coffee yeah? Our son was right into it, handed us nails, hinges and was generally cute and entertaining.

Next big job was to move it to it’s home before the roof went on and made it a whole lot heavier. This part I could definitely help with as my brother had a sore back at the time, pump class paid off at this very moment. Once moved, the roof went on, I made a nesting box with some scraps of wood, a ramp to the door and started to plan how we would attach a gate.

Not pictured, there is a branch cut to size, from our cut down peach tree, to make a roost. The roof is made from corrugated iron which we found under a friend’s deck, score! The hinges were in our garage amongst the many other finds my husband has from second hand shopping.

The gate is made from part of a pallet that wasn’t taken apart which seemed to just be made for that spot.

Our daughter made a sign for the house, the sun started to set as the job was almost done, everyone had worked hard all day in different ways, we enjoyed a well deserved hot drink and takeaways.

 

 

 

Only thing that was missing now was…..Chickens.

 

Photo 17-04-17, 5 04 10 PM

Lara x

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