But it's pretty solid all the way around...and steel mesh well covered and screwed in on the bottom as well as dug into and covering the ground! Now the last thing left to do is to insulate the roof and devise a better way to hang feeders and waterers - ah well for now cable ties will do!
We went with wood despite my misgivings about it - because colourbond/tin etc would get too hot in summer. We've treated the wood with a natural pyrethrum product specifically for coops, so no mites can live in it but it will need to be an on-going prevention, meanwhile I'm planting all around it with the mosquito repellent plant, rosemary, lavender, wormwood, lemon verbena...all the things that bugs don't like! Hurriedly took a few planters from elsewhere in the garden and stuck them around the coop, they look good there I think!
Can't wait for the weekend so that I can get more planting in and do more with the coop and the girls!
They didn't know how to flap up to the doorway to the roost so I had to place them in there tonight, I figure another week on and they'll work it out! In a few days I'll get them out to free range whilst I'm home - they should have worked out where 'home' is by then and be able to find their way back in.
I'm so looking forward to planting sunflowers and hollyhocks all the way around the coop :)
Won't get much sleep tonight, I'm sure I'll be up every hour racing down the garden to check anxiously on the chooks. Wicked fox stay away!!