Apart from the door to the chicken run, there are just a few tweaks needed to make the chicken coop ready to accept chickens.
While much care was taken to try to put the corrugated iron on top of the nesting box in the right spot, it still ended up too close to the wall. The lid doesn’t open properly.
At any rate, the wood underneath could probably do with some linseed oil. There was one good soaking of rain during the week, and some mould spot appeared instantly on the brace piece just below the weatherboards. So the iron was taken off, the wood oiled and the iron replaced.
Now it opens up just fine, but there’s a fairly big gap between the wall and the iron.
We can bridge the gap with a bit of plastic. We can nail it between the weatherboard and the ply of the end wall, and then hang it over the top of the iron to make sure any water bypasses that gap.
When they cut the plastic down at the Hardware-Store-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, they always cut it crooked. So we need to clean up that edge. We just clamp it to the workbench and cut along the bench’s edge.
Then it’s a simple matter to pry the bottom weatherboard up a bit, slot the plastic in, nail it down again and trim the other edge.
Neat! But there are still those little triangular gaps on either side of the nesting box. A bit of careful measuring and sawing will fix that up:
There’s also a gap between the two sides of corrugated iron up at the top of the roof. It takes just a few minutes to trim and screw down a new ridge cap.
That just leaves the little gap at the top of the wall.
It’s a funny shape, so the best thing to do is to make a template out of cardboard, make sure it fits into the gap, then transfer the shape to a bit of ply.
We’ll paint it a jaunty colour to give that end a bit of character.