With the floor on the chicken coop done, we can put the roof on. We had various bits of corrugated iron (or, as R would say, complicated iron) lying around, some scavenged from the block and some from uphill Dave when they were moving out.
The old stuff is a bit rusty and holey, but it will do. Having all the materials to hand makes the job easy, and it was finished in a couple of hours, including cleaning and cutting the iron.
We’ll finish it off with a ridge piece, but we’ll have to buy that.
At some point we’ll put some wood on either end to finish it off and conceal the mechanics of the battens, but for the moment the focus is getting it to lock-up stage. The far (downhill-facing) end will come first, a combo of ply and spare weatherboards. Then the nesting boxes and the remainder of the near end.
The great cherry tree digging episode is nearly complete. Luckily the roots go out sideways instead of straight down. Fingers crossed it survives transplanting. We’ll need to chop a few of these roots short to fit it into its new hole.
We were going to have the ramp for the chickens extend out of the front of the chicken coop down to the ground. The ground slopes down quite steeply, though, which would make the ramp either very long or unduly steep.
There’s a bit of extra space on the shelf we made under the chicken coop, and a brainwave was had to have the ramp come up through the floor inside the coop, with a main bearer resting on the edge of the shelf.
There were a few bits of curtain rail left over from the roosts, which will make good rungs for a ladder. Here they are being fixed in place.
Things were a bit slow with the only available transport being our own six legs. Now we have the ute, we’re back in business and the main mission now is to complete the chicken coop for spring chickens. The floor has to go in before the roof can go on, so that’s next on the priority list.