Project of the day...what is yours?

This little coop was our project of the day. We got this little kit on a great sale (they are so overpriced for what you get). Normally it was $222, but on sale for $80. I thought that it would be a great learning project for our "builder" in the family.

Here is the result. I thought it would be larger, but it works for these little ones for now. It would be fairly simple to make a sturdier, double sized one at some point, one that is better suited to winter weather too.

I thought that the flag behind lended a nice touch. 😂 It is actually taped onto a shepherds hook that is hiding behind. The kids got tired of the flag falling off with a brisk wind & so they taped it very securely. It went through a large wind storm 2 nights ago that felled two large trees, one live.

As you can see from the pictures, it beats TV & videos any day!


  • kbmbillups1
    kbmbillups1 Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's nice! I'd love to have some chickens.

    No projects here today. Just packing to go see my daughter.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,396 admin

    Looks like a bargain! And now you have a template for your "builder" to learn how to expand it.

    My project yesterday was a new trial recipe for a bug bite/rash/scratch-type salve. I've handed it out for a few people to try. Once I get feedback, I will post my recipe and hopefully it will help with some of the recent discussions around itchy bug bites. I've called it Itchy-Bitsy. 🤣

  • gardneto76
    gardneto76 Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning the coupe is so cute and clearly the kids are very enthused. I am sure it was a great learning experience for the kids and will be prefect for when the next set of chicks comes along.

    @torey the name for your trial cream is perfect. I hope the recipe is too as I am always looking for homemade solutions to bug bites. I have been using lots of witch hazel so far as the bugs seem to love me.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,210 admin

    @torey Exactly my thoughts. It's much better than just a picture.

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,131 ✭✭✭✭

    Certainly looks like a great kit to get kids interested in both building and then working with chickens. I've looked at coops like that in the feed store and thought they were really overpriced. Just haven't gotten my plans made up nor started the project.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,210 admin
    edited July 2022

    @marjstratton Yes, extremely overpriced, but their target market is busy acreage/city folks, some who have never built anything nor know anything about keeping animals. Thus, the small & cute coops and light build.

    I figured for $80, I'd might as well try it. Any more and it would have stayed at the store.

    For temporary summer use, so far for four 7 week olds of a medium sized breed, it's doing well. I will not use it in winter. It would be too small, hard to keep clean in winter, & otherwise inadequate.

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like it's well worth $80 for the trial. I wouldn't pay more than that either.

    My projects lately have been canning strawberry and blueberry jam, freezing blueberries for winter use, thinking about canning garlic and garlic scapes instead of storing them dry (and having them go bad), and growing potatoes in bags (which has given me more effective garden space, and the potatoes seem to love growing that way).

    Thinking ahead to next year, I want to experiment with breeding tomatoes from a mix of domestic landrace lines, wild lines, and heirloom varieties.

  • Jaylene
    Jaylene Posts: 53 ✭✭✭

    This is so cute. What a great learning experience!

  • MissPatricia
    MissPatricia Posts: 308 ✭✭✭

    My project is putting wood chips on my garden beds, but I have been fighting off something for the first half of July. Feeling better but still weak. It is good to know that I can still plant something in my gardens for a fall crop.