If I learned anything from Civil Engineering 101, it was that you can build just about anything with a combination of tension and compression.
So the chicken coop gets compression members on the top and bottom, and diagonal tensioning straps. Banging in the last nail on the hoop iron at an angle makes it nice and tight.
Finally found a use for the laser level, which helped to get the frame perfectly vertical. You can see a little shelf directly under the coop there which will hold tubs for food and poo.
We’ll plant a little garden at the top end. This is probably a good place for mint, which can run wild without taking over everything else. The planter boxes on the deck have never recovered from getting all fungi-y at Sherbrooke and they need to have a clean-out. Apparently chickens might like mint and if they do their poo might be a bit stinky. They can’t get up to the top end unless they’re out, though, so it should be fine.
There were a few belladonnas in here; they’ve been moved next to the footing where they’ll be shaded by the coop. The bulbs are looking nice and big now after having a year growing.
The original plan had the pipework that extends up the hill suspended from its own A frame, but that’s unnecessary. It’s actually quite a bit lower than we originally thought it would be. We’ll cart that whole tripod up the hill a bit so that the pole comes in level under the coop ridge beam.
And straighten it all up, of course.