I almost hate to post any pictures until it's done, but it looks so good! Dad built and painted the box white (what do you call the box where you retrieve the eggs?).
I'm so happy that we were able to salvage this metal that was sitting in the corner of the property for fifteen years, from when they built the barn. Fifteen years in the woods and there was surprisingly little rust. It wasn't hard to clean up at all! Dad has done some creative patchwork and, as with everything with this property, we got lucky.
We're guessing it won't be final until mid-October. There are lots of little decisions about details (what will the little chicken door be made of? how will it hinge? or will it hinge at all? what will we do about a fence? how do we keep it from getting too hot with those windows? how will we insulate here and there for winter?) and we have to wait for several inches of rain and then a dry spell before we can lay the electrical wire from the barn.
Meanwhile, the chickens are hot! (And so are we. Looking forward to the cooler weather and some rain.)