This is my second shot at this feeder the chickens did not like the first one and it was ugly. So here are the lessons learned.
1. Melt the holes in the tub. If you just cut them in the plastic has a tendency to crack. Also too big is ok, too small and the plastic will crack. You can fill the gaps with a little hot glue if the pvc is loose.
2. Cut a 4" 90 in half do not use entire 90 or 2 street 45’s. This assumes your chickens are as picky as myn are.
3. Cut card board to slope the bottom. This is optional but really helps if the feed gets low.
This one works well and cuts down on lost feed dramatically.
I have a habit of making projects bigger then they need be. The gypsy wagon coop is probably one of the best examples. But like everything else it was fun I learned some important lessons.
Draw up your coop and be detailed I model up things all the time a good percentage of my job is drawing, and I know the value of good plans. If you cannot draw it you are unlikely to be able to build it. Take time and be detailed. Some people can build anything right out of their head but most people can’t so draw it up. I actually printed cutting patterns and over lays. People pay big bucks for good plans so put in the time.
Dream big but not too big. I did not do this so well this time. Your plans need to match your budget and the materials you plan to use. My budget was 300$. I came in at about that but used a lot of left over materials and cut back my design to fit my budge. Two of biggest problems for me on this build were warped wood and bad tires. They were two areas that I cut back on and both cost me huge in time and quality. If I do another one I will budget more for better quality lumber, and get the nice tires.
The build itself
It was AWSOME even with the warped lumber. I learned some new tools like the nail gun, I love the nail gun. Over all though I had good plans so everything built pretty fast. I ended up stopping short of my grand design, but that was fine with me. I have good working coop that is fun and attractive. Also towards the end I got the entire family in on it and that was fun.
It has been a season now, and the coop has done great
Sun came out. So I checked in on the chickens. They were out for a little to see the sun, but it is still too cold. The fashion victim who does not want to pose for the camera is sporting a tail cover my wife made to keep the others from pecking at her.
They are actually laying well we are averaging 8 eggs a day out of 7 chickens. Seems a little strange for this time of year, but this is my first winter with them. My son has adopted the rabbit living under my deck and is “accidentally” spilling feed outside the coop each time he goes to feed the chickens. Good kid
This is our first winter with chickens. Everyone is adapting well, and having fun with it. Even the chickens seem to be coming to terms with the snow. We are actually still getting a good number of eggs to spite the dark and cold… I love my little flock.😊
Chestnuts are falling everywhere due to some storms. For the most part I just gather them up and let them ripen on racks but I also like to eat a few early. I was told they can be a little starchy but most of them here seem to be sweet even when really young. You can open them with your shoes even if they not really opening yet. The spins stick in and break off so watch yourself.
If they are small or miss shaped I break the shells opened and give them to the birds. The birds love them!
I cleaned and moved the coop today. Lots of coops have trays, but I decided to do a removable floor. I just role it over an old tarp. Yank the floor up, and scrape it down. Then role it off and dump the tarp over in the compost.