In the summer of 2010 we decided to start our own (although quite small) flock of hens. After a lot of research, design and thought, we finalized a concept for our coop and run. The final design has a polystyrene-sheathed interior and stained plywood exterior. The walls are completely hollow and framed with pine.
Once stained and installed with the rest of the bits and pieces it looks like this (I know if seems like a lot has been skipped over, but if you’re really interested in the build I’ll send you more detailed photos/drawings):
At this point you just need to nip out, bung some chickens in a box, drive them home and release them into their new home and wait for all of the delicious eggs to start appearing. Sounds quite easy, but in reality it means taking a day off work, driving out to get the birds, worrying that they’re overheating in the car, thinking “Why the hell are we doing this?” and “Was this a bad idea?”. Once you get them home, you put them in the basement in their little box while you frantically finish installing the coop and run, making sure to lose your temper at every turn. Step 3, 4, 10 (?) put them in their new home and take a peak in the box they came in to see the gifts they left during the car ride.
That was the summer of 2011, and since then we’ve had a few changes to our laying staff. More to come on the “layoffs” and new hires.