Then he added the trusses and all the supporting boards for the roof. This was mostly morning work because the days get pretty warm in the summer and you're forced to move to your inside projects.
Then putting the tin roof on (below).. It's really starting to take shape. As you can see, the chicken house is back to back with my garden - incidentally chicken poop is an excellent fertilizer!! Where you see the plywood wall is my storage room for garden stuff and toward the front a storage room for chicken feed.
Then comes the siding and doors and window covers:
The hardest part of this project was digging the holes for the gate posts. The ground is virgin and packed down - dry and concrete-like!! It took Mike and an experienced friend to dig with the augers you see laying on the ground. Even with the tractor, added weight had to be placed on top so the auger could dig a deep enough hole. This project is done now. The fields have been mowed and baled, and over the next couple of weeks Mike will be transporting the HUGE bales of hay, one at a time, to their resting place in the hay yard until needed over the winter.
There's another project that's a work in progress - my camera will find it's way out there soon to capture the action for future memories!!! Stay tuned for progress!!! And the arrival of baby chicks. Right now the only residents of the hen house are crickets, grasshoppers, mud daubers, wasps, mosquitos and spiders. Except for the mosquitos, there are numerous varieties of each!!! There's even a resident black widow!!