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DIY Chicken Coop Construction Part 4 - Ground Prep and Base Installation

This photo shows our assembled chicken coop base outside near the location of our installation.  We used the base to mark our general pier locations to begin with the post hole digger and shovel.  Once we had our beginning marks made in the ground we could layout our grid for leveling later.

 

After we had all of our holes dug using our general locations marked out from the actual base, se laid out the entire area using stakes and string to create the grid for our pier location.  Getting the chicken coop square to the garage across from it and the existing shed that would be adjacent to it was important.

 

 

 

 

Digging the holes for the chicken coop piers can be done with a shovel.  We needed to dig out a hole large enough for our pier blocks to drop into.  This is where the grid comes in.  Because using our eyes will never give us the proper level for something like this, using the stakes, string, and small level, we could now figure out the actual depth we needed our pier blocks to be.  We wanted our our finished chicken coop to have 24" of ground clearance and we were using 4 ft. long 4 x 4's as our pier posts.

 

 

With the grid in place and the lines leveled at the 2 ft. above ground mark, we could now see how deep to dig our holes using a measuring tape and a little patience to get everything set to the proper height.  This is a bit of trial and error as you must place the pier blocks into the hole, measure, and re-adjust as needed.  Once everything is set to the proper depth and tamped into place, we can now set our chicken coop base into it's final location for building the rest of our project.

 

 

At this point we needed to check our level again.  If you find that the base is rocking a little in one place or another, you made need to make some final adjustments to your pier block depths all the while checking the level of the over all base.  Once the base is sitting level, you can now fill in your pier holes with he dirt removed at the time of digging them.  Make sure to compact this dirt as best you can to limit any settling that might occur. Verify that you are level one last time and then it's off to more construction starting with the sidewalls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[ purchasing, raising, & caring for our new chickens ] [ diy chicken coop ] [ chicken coop size & location ] [ building our chicken coop ] [ chicken coop construction part 1 ] [ chicken coop construction part 2 - ] [ chicken coop construction part 3 ] [ chicken coop construction part 4 ] [ chicken coop construction part 5 ] [ chicken coop construction part 6 ] [ chicken coop construction part 7 ] [ chicken coop construction part 8 ] [ chicken coop construction part 9 ] [ chicken coop construction part 10 ] [ chicken coop construction part 11 ] [ chicken coop construction part 12  ] [ chicken coop construction part 13  ]

 

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