Over the past year one of the things my husband & I wanted to start was a chicken coop. Living outside the New Orleans area is such a gift. We are in close proximity to everything New Orleans has to offer our family: music, culture, art, history and more. But along with the city life, we enjoy our small town living. Since we have almost 2 acres of land, we are fortunate enough to have a large garden every summer and now, the opportunity to have chickens.
Honestly, I’m not too sure. The chicken coop is mostly my husband’s idea. I’m coming along for the ride. We have been researching on how to build a chicken coop and all the details that must be implemented prior to our chickens arriving.
My husband was trying to spend as little as possible for the chicken coop but it must also be string enough to sustains strong hurricane winds and stable enough that our chickens will be safe from other animals that may roam our yard when we are not looking. Here you can see my husband used a recycled door to allow entrance in & out the chicken coop. My husband also used leftover tin to use for the roof and partial walls for the coop. He had to purchase chicken wire for the actual walls of the chicken coop and any left over will go for the fence that the chickens can room around the yard when the weather is right.
Pictured above is the chicken nesting box my husband built so the chicken can lay their eggs when the time is right. My husband also added lights within the chicken coop as well as lights outside the chicken coop area so we can have easy access in & out the chicken coop area in the evening. The chickens have not arrived yet. We are trying to paint a few things and wait for warmer weather before we add chickens.