I may have written this before, but if I'm going to get anything done at home on a work evening, I have to keep the plan firmly in my mind and start doing it as soon as I get home. Otherwise I'm going to forget, get sidetracked, or who knows what else. I'm a morning person and there's not much left of my mind in the evening after a day of work.
So that's what I did this evening. I came home and started working on the playhouse/coop. I didn't even change out of my work clothes. My fingers got too cold to feel, so I came in to warm up about 6:30 and then went back out until about 7:30. Then when I came in, starving for dinner, I couldn't think of anything healthy to eat. So I had pasta. Again. (Never mind that I have plenty of vegetables and good meat around.) That's a major reason why I've gained 10 pounds in the last year. It's EITHER get things done after work OR cook a good dinner. I don't have space in my brain for both. Yuk. This is something I have GOT to figure out. Oh yeah - I don't have space in my brain to plan and take a healthy lunch to work either. But I am getting lots of things done around here. Gotta find a balance. Let some things go, but eat better.
Anyway - when I was looking online for help modifying this playhouse into a chicken coop, I found a lot of finished pictures (yes, it's fairly common), but no descriptions of what people did. So I'm going to write about exactly what I did so future people who have Little Tikes playhouses and want to turn them into chicken coops can have a reference. Of course I have no idea whether I'm doing good things or bad things, so if you see that I'm doing something wrong - please tell me!
First - I put it together. Don't laugh - that required a pretty big whammer, the biggest one I've got. Then I took off all the shutters, except two.
You can see that the plastic shutters are still on this end of the house. That's because I'm going to put the nesting box inside on this wall and reach in from the outside to get eggs! Cool, huh? I found some spare beehive pieces in the shed (that's them stacked up by the porch window). I'm thinking of putting them on concrete block(s) and somehow attaching them to the inside wall (one right in front of the other to make one cube open in back and front). Yes - I will need to put more concrete blocks underneath to support the nesting box concrete blocks. This thing is getting pretty heavy!
By the way, there isn't enough square feet for the birds I'm going to get - there's 3ft x 4ft = 12 feet for 5 birds, about 2 point something feet per bird. For small birds that would be fine, but these are big birds. I don't know if that's going to be a problem or not - Chicken Mama?
What I still need to do. Finish putting the hardware cloth over the window openings. Put the roof on and hang a light and the waterer down between the roof pieces (and maybe a heater to keep the water liquid). Hang the door (I've got the hinges already), and decide how to latch it shut. Put the vinyl flooring pieces down. Notably, the house is not attached to the floor. I'm not sure whether or not that is a problem either.
Sooo - what am I doing wrong, or what did I not think of? I did think of a roost. I'm going to use 1x2, but I haven't figured out how to attach it to the walls yet. What else?
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