Got my self a new pair of muck shoes. Boots are too hot here in summer so these low ones will be great for coop trips.
Okay don't laugh but it's done and the only money spent was on the coop enclosure. The little hen house was completely done for zero dollars. I know it looks like it but I didn't want to spend hundred's of dollars on this venture to begin with. Maybe down the road we will upgrade or change things but this will do for now.
This is the old cabinet turned on it's side. Hubby made the ramp out of scrap and the side of the cupboard not needed.
I just have them roosting on some logs. Maybe a large coop with high roosting bars would be ideal but this has to do. We live in SoCal so these birds will be able to come outside 365 days a year. No snow here. The run will have a solid cover over most of it and they free range every day in the back yard when we are home which is most days.
Vent holes were covered with hardware cloth so they will be safe. There are five vent holes. The floor is lined with a scrap piece of vinyl flooring so I can slide it out for a good scrubbing.
Underneath in the quiet space below I will put a nesting box and one under the ramp. Both cozy and out of the way for the girls to lay.
There, not fancy, not cute but cheap. They seem to be happy in there so glad it is done for hubby's sake.
Update: We later moved our chickens to a small coop we ordered from Amazon. I still have this first coop and use it as a grow out coop and would work to isolate a sick chicken as well.