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01 Inside The Coop

Interior of the Coop, viewed from the Shed

Interior of the Coop, viewed from the Shed

This is a view of the coop from inside the shed.

The door is an offcut of the marine ply used for the roof of the run. There is a bolt on the bottom of the door to keep it closed. The number 49 is taken from the house I lived in prior to moving here, where I had a few chickens also. When we left that house, we took the number with us (why, I can’t remember) and now, about 17 years later, the numbers find themselves on a chicken house door in Baldongan. A nice touch of continuity, I suppose.

As mentioned, the apex is covered with those plastic posters you see everywhere now. The “Keep Out” has no special significance, but I suppose it could be considered a warning to pests, rodents and predators. I’m not sure that it will do any good.

The removable wire frame, which is bolted into position with rawlbolts, is covered with strong 1/2in chicken wire. The board at the bottom of the wire frame is designed to keep the litter in.

View of Interior with Door Open
View of Interior with Door Open

The electrics are positioned to the left of the door, as shown in this photograph. The timer switch visible in the photograph controls a light in the coop. This works now and will be used to light the coop before dawn to encourage the birds to lay more regularly. The birds will require between 14 and 17 hours light a day to lay regularly in autumn and winter.

The white water container and red mash hopper are visible.  There is another water container in the chicken run. The pop hole is also visible on the right rear of the coop. If you look closely, you will also see the birds huddled in that area – they retreat there at the moment when they feel a bit stressed. Hopefully, they will settle in soon. They have not ventured through the pop hole yet and prefer to stay close together in the coop.

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