home stretch

Had some old deck stain sitting around, so I finished the coop door with it. I was surprised that it looked pretty good over that old wood that used to be inside the outhouse.


One more step and the coop’s ready. After tooling endlessly around the backyardchickens forum, I decided that the easiest and most effective way to protect the coop’s wooden floor and shelves wood be something called Black Jack No. 57.

It’s a water-based rubberized coating that quite a few chicken keepers recommended. I think it’ll be easier and more damage-proof than linoleum or bare wood. And I could be wrong. Again, we’ll see. Unfortunately I had to order online, and so I sit here twiddling my thumbs, waiting to get the chicks.

9 thoughts on “home stretch

  1. Oohh, look how cute it is! Your coop is really coming together nicely. Well done.

    I’ve read the comments on BYC about the Black Jack #57 and will be curious to see how it works for you. I went with scrap lino as that is what I had lying around but interested to hear how easy the Black Jack is to work with. Hope it works out well. Does the temperature matter when you put it down? Is that something you can do while you are waiting to thaw? Any news on your frozen pipes?

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    • Haha, that’s nice of you to say! From what I’ve read, it’s supposed to be warmer when you apply the Black Jack, but I believe it just takes a little longer to dry if it’s cooler. Normal dry time is a day, so I hope my assumptions are right, and we’ll be able to use it within a few days.

      And we’re still using the water work-around. Not ideal, but way better than hauling:)


    • Thanks Julie! A local supply company keeps chicks stocked, so whenever I get the floor done I can go pick some up. It’s a tough wait, but hopefully this week.


  2. Looks very good and ready to move in. There is a tiny house craze going on, if you decide to skip chickens. Have you decided on the type or breed of your future chickens yet? Just curious about what type and why. Last question…..Are you just getting chickens for eggs, or do you plan to also have broiler chickens?

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    • Haha, good idea! And easy to set up the bathroom too. We only have room for 4 or 5 chickens, so they’ll just be for eggs.

      Years ago we raised a batch of meat chickens, a Cornish cross breed, that grew amazingly and provided a lot of meat.

      We won’t have a lot of choices, since with the small number we can have, we’ll just take whatever the local Tractor Supply has on hand that day. Mail order shipping would be insanely expensive. But I always liked Buff Orpingtons. They had some of those last time I checked out Tractor Supply.

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    • PS… The Buff Orpingtons are a large breed, dual purpose, so they’ll eat more than say a Rhode Island Red, but they’re cold hardy, and after the last few winters, that’s on my mind.

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