So, I decided to throw it out there to the Facebook world that I was looking to buy a used coop, hoping that someone had one they'd like to sell me. Moments later, Emily popped up with one that we could have. Wow, what a fun blessing!
After we got the coop, the kids were super excited to get to work on it and as you can see from Paisley's face below, she was really wanting her chickens NOW.
The next thing we added is a little door and a ramp to let the chickens out into their run. Judah tested it out for his chicks.
For the run, we'd considered building our own, but after a bit or research, we decided on a chain link dog run. This one is 10 feet long. We covered the top of it with chicken wire to keep out animals or an escaping chicken. Below, Eliza was testing out the run for us. Don't worry, the chickens hadn't been in there yet.
After that, we immediately wrapped the first couple feet up from the ground with 1/4 inch wire. We actually dug this wire into the ground a few inches, to have it extra secure and since then, we haven't had a problem. The chain link works great, but I'd highly recommend adding this smaller wire around the base as well.
Right now, we use wood shavings inside the coop for bedding and whenever I clean it out, I add a bunch of fresh lavender, rosemary and mint to the new bedding.
So here is our little coop. Hope you enjoyed the tour!
The Chicken Chick- She's my favorite.
Backyard Chickens- Another great source of information.