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Building an observation brood coop for chicks

upgrading the brood coop to a more heavy duty version with a plexiglass wall

We felt like our DIY table top brood coop needed an upgrade, and today was a perfect day for it.

The main entrance is a salvaged dryer door. An old piece of plexiglass came together as one of the walls and will allow us to check on the chicks from the kitchen window.

I remembered we had an old plastic cargo carrier in the barn and decided to take a page from Joey's mini chicken coop and make it fit for our new chick roof.

The plan is to use 4 bungee cords to secure the roof so we can easily take it off for easy access.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Love to see the dryer door being reincarnated into another evolution of your chicken projects. It is just so iconic with Marks addition of the sticker.
Comment by Erich Fri Feb 24 13:53:28 2012

I know! I was thinking as we built that Mark's choice of paying a bit more to build with screws from day 1 on the farm has really paid off. We use the same wood (and dryer door) over and over!

And we can tell the long time readers if they recognize Colonel Sanders from the early days of the Avian Aqua Miser. :-)

Comment by anna Fri Feb 24 14:08:10 2012
what a great idea all around! I love the door and observation idea!
Comment by eagergridlessbeaver Sun Feb 26 19:39:18 2012
The only trouble is that it might be too chilly for this time of year. I've been keeping a thermometer in there, and it actually seems to get colder than it does outside for some crazy reason. That might not matter much, though, once we add a bit of heat....
Comment by anna Sun Feb 26 20:47:59 2012

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