I ordered a "chicken tractor" kit by Pawhut - on Amazon, of course. Seriously, what can't you get on Amazon these days? (You can even order horn worms)(And really - you need hornworms? Come on over during tomato season.) This type of coop has wheels on one end, so you can move the coop around your yard and distribute your...natural chicken byproduct a little more evenly.
I am moderately handy, and my husband a little less so, so we recruited a friend to assist with the construction. He's a real DIY guy, with a barn and assorted tools and hardware odds and ends. This week, we hauled the two boxes of coop over to his place and started the project.
"Two hours, tops," he said, optimistically. Then we looked at the instructions:
"Maybe longer," he amended. The directions were awful. The number of screws required was roughly double was what actually included. The illustrations did have a passing resemblance to the actual pieces - which thankfully were mostly pre-fabricated entire sections. It was really more a puzzle assembly job than actual engineering.
And then there were the wheels.
Nope, not fitting. At all. The F-word was used - and that word was NOT "fun." No idea what you would do if you didn't have a friend with the tools needed to file down the holes in the bracket so the axle would actually fit. Or the 675 additional screws (OK, maybe less) needed for construction, including tacking down the "removable" roof, because it was obvious that a brisk wind would remove it for you.
But it's done. And it looks pretty cool! Time to paint.