When my granddaughter gave her friend a tour of my miniature projects, she stopped at the chicken coop. Her friend said she wanted to see every little detail. Now, my work is not nearly as elaborate as that of many of you, so I was flattered that it would catch their attention.
While we were in the planning and preparation stage, the members focused on accessories. We made bushel baskets and scoured the stores for chickens.
We had formed an ad hoc team to make kits. Mary offered to design the structure and cut well over 100 pieces of wood for each of the 15 kits.
Diane, Joanne and I color-coded many of the pieces. I built one kit so that I could make instructions for each of seven phases of construction. Our objective was to teach how to do a nearly scratch build by providing the wall and floor pieces and scale, dimensional lumber. We started small with a nesting box and laying the flooring, then we stained the walls and the lumber with Minwax water-based stain. Next we built the structure. The framing lumber was true to scale for 2x4s.
We added casings to the windows and doors…
… and we added trim.
The windows were operational with mullions, glass and screens.
Once the structure was built, each member could add their own finishing details. I added hinges, and handles to the windows as well as battens to the walls. Mary designed the chicken door so that it could be raised and lowered with a “rope.”
I added lighting by fashioning a lightbulb using a bead and some styrene tubing with an LED chip, and covered the wire with shrink tube. I found hen house accessories at the Portland Mini Show.
I also made a barn light for the outside of the coop. Other finishes include a door with hinges and a lever latch, and asphalt shingles on the roof. The nesting box has a door that hinges down on the outside to access the eggs. When all was said and done, there were very few scraps
I chose to add purchased lattice to the foundation and landscape using paper clay. I added some plant material and made cornstalks. It just barely fit in a display case for a basketball.