A little addition to the chicken coop today: a wooden awning over the pop door (the chicken door into the run).
In due course it’ll have painted trim and shingles on the roof.
Here’s the side design:
Time for another phase of our homestead: we are now beeks — beekeepers.
This morning we picked up two nucs (nucleus hives) at the “local” bee supply store in Wilsonville (about an hour away, but pretty much everything is from our place):
Settle in, girls! I hope you like your new homes.
The little project for this morning was to build a stand for our beehives. I built it using recycled wood we inherited with the house, with the design inspired by ones I saw online. The legs will sit on top of concrete blocks, for a firm foundation.
We currently have two beehives, but there’s room for three or four without getting too crowded, if we want to get more later.
We haven’t finalized where we’ll locate the hives… but we’ll be getting our bees on Friday, so we’ll decide soon!
I didn’t have time yesterday after sheathing the walls, though I did add the canopy over the roof. So this morning I added the Tyvek wrap to waterproof the walls.
Certainly not as tidy as a professional builder would do, but that’s consistent with the rest of the construction. The wrap covers all of the windows and doors at present (with loose vertical sheets temporarily over the front window and door, to keep the rain out). Later, I’ll cut holes where needed.
The coop is starting to look a bit more real now: today I added the OSB sheets to the walls.
The forecast for today was for sun, with the next week rather rainy, so I started rather early, to make the most of the sunny day:
Tomorrow I’ll add the Tyvek wrap before the rain starts, to protect the walls.
As previously mentioned, we’ll be getting into beekeeping soon, as the next homestead adventure. About a week from today, in fact! Eeek.
Yep, next Friday we’ll be picking up two “nucs”, or nucleus hives: a few frames of established hives, each with a queen, all ready to go.
So we’ve got two sets of hive boxes etc that we’re preparing to house them. They are all assembled, and waiting to be stained & painted (one each), which Jenn will do this weekend.
After finishing assembling the beehives (I should take photos of that), yesterday I worked on the sub-fascia and barge rafters for the chicken coop.
Here’s the sub-fascia, the boards connecting the bases of the roof rafters. They have a bevel cut to match the roof slope, and stick out beyond the side walls for the barge rafters:
As planned, today I mounted the rafters, that were previously constructed.
Firstly I needed to cut a smidge more off the birdmouth notches, to leave enough room for the OSB sheets:
I didn’t have time to add the barge rafters (that extend beyond the walls) and sub-fascias (that connect the ends of the rafters); a project for another day.
Nice weather this weekend, so I’m taking advantage of it to continue work on the new chicken coop.
First up is the east wall, on the left of the coop. This is much the same as the west wall, except it has a “poop door” at the bottom. This will be a hatch to make it easy to remove trays that catch the chicken poop that accumulates under the roosts where they sleep at night, making it easier to clean.
Here’s the design drawing:
The drawing for the center wall:
Tomorrow I’ll mount the roof rafters, and perhaps do the sub-fascia.
Another day, another wall. Today I built & raised the west wall, i.e. on the right of the coop looking from the front.
Here’s the design sketch:
The double top plates and rafters will go on top of this, of course, as depicted in the sketch.
That’s it till the weekend, when I’ll do the left (east) and center walls, and may have time to install the rafters.