2023 - Volume #47, Issue #3, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Truck Box Converted To Chicken Coop
“It was a labor of love for the chickens as well as showing my husband’s deep love for salvaging used items,” explains Hawkins’ wife, Leah.
The 8 1/2-ft. wide by 18 1/2-ft. long box had plenty of room for a chicken coop and a small room to store chicken feed and bedding.
Hawkins used a grinder and reciprocating saw to cut through the metal walls to cut in three windows and a door, all of them reclaimed. After removing the rollup door and framing the end with used lumber. He also cut a small door for the chickens and added a nesting box that can be accessed from outside to gather eggs. He used 2 by 6 lumber scraps from a nearby factory to make trusses to create a roof that matched his barn’s roof.
Hawkins cut out boards from a section of old stairs for roosts and converted an old feed bin into a light. The ceiling of the cube box already had foam insulation, so the coop has been cozy, even in the winter. Hawkins usually opens the windows a little for ventilation.
“The chicken coop is elevated on a platform, so in the summer the chickens can go underneath for shade,” Hawkins says, adding they have free range in a large, fenced area that includes a pond.
“The best part is there are no rats,” he says, as there had been with his old coop.
His final touch was adding a Canadian flag on a short flagpole that he made from a curtain rod.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Nathan Hawkins, Stevensville, Ontario, Canada (Nathanhawkins1@hotmail.com).
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