*An old rabbit hutch in which we can solidify the walls and floor for a chick brooder
*4 sheets of corrugated tin roofing
*18-1x6" fence slats
*6-4x4" fence posts
*miscellaneous small plywood scraps 3ft or less
*2 pieces of 1/2" plywood 4'x39" and 57"x19"
*1-2x6", 8 ft long
*Gobs (yes I think "gobs" is a legitimate measurement) of thick plastic sheeting
*A partial roll of rubber matting
*Approximately 50' of chain link fencing
*And the biggie of them all 12, yes TWELVE(!), hollow core, birch sliding closet doors! The hollow core will be perfect as the air gap should provide extra insulation on the walls. We plan to double layer them.
THANK YOU LORD!! (And all the willing, generous people of Juneau!)
|Father and Son tying down the fence slats given to us by generous friends|
|Photo Courtesy of Backyardchickens.com/images|
I am not going to show you all the plans we've drawn up right now. It would be pointless, because I do not think you would be able to understand my amateur chicken-scratch (no pun intended) without having the finished visual to help decode with. So, in this case I'll just show you the floor we built yesterday. It is a custom-built pallet of sorts, in which we use 4 of the 4x4 fence posts, 2-2x4's, and 14 of the 1x6 fence slats.
|Note: This shows 13-1x6" cross pieces. We ended up nailing a 2x4 across the ends of the 4x4's to make the short sides of the rectange. This increased the overall length, so we ended up needing an extra fence slat.|
|Notice how my wise hubby wound duck tape around the hammer's claw. This is to minimize the likelihood of a facial injury on the upward swing.|
|Love the tongue poking out! She's really concentrating on her aim!|
|What a patient, loving Daddy!|
Now for the finished product. After the children got their fill of hammering (a whopping 2 nails each, and then they were off on their bikes), the adults took over.
Until then, blessings to you and your homestead!
Hilllary At Home