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Bluebetween's Chicken Coop

The Blue Between Chicken House

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After looking at all the chicken coop photos I could find, and trying to decide on what features I had to have, this is the chicken coop we came up with. We worked on this for about 8 weekends. Plus a few week nights. It took a long time. We made some mistakes and figured out how to fix them or work with them. But it was a lot of fun (mostly) and a great family project. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Still to do (maybe): add a chicken cam, an automatic door opener, an auto watering system, and landscaping. Oh, and an outdoor pen or tractor so the girls can get some fresh grass and bugs.

Features:

1.) Secure. I wanted the hardwire sandwiched between the frame boards and hardwire beneath run.

2.) Storage. Enough said.

3.) Easy to clean, easy access. I wanted to be able to stand up in the run, and slide out the floor and litter board in the coop, and I wanted external acces to the eggs.

4.) An overhang to keep me dry while working in there during our long Seattle area rainy season - which lasts pretty much all year.

5.) Cute. I was thinking of it as a garden feature as well as a functional home for my girls.

Here's the finished coop:

Chicken House

Our fancy zig-zag ramps, before they got covered in poop:

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The chicken ramp

And after, with a flip-up roost added:

Chicken Run

And inside:

Roost

 

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The Girls

Lights:

Lights

 

Door Action:

Doors

 

Upgrades!! Water tower - love this!

 

And inside too!

 

 

All the "in progress" shots can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluebetween/sets/72157626712382468/

Blog updates can be found here: http://bluebetween.blogspot.com/search/label/backyard%20chickens

 

Thanks for looking!

Pam, Frank, Luke and The Girls, Pippi, Lulu, Bella & Daphne

 

The Baby Pictures:

Dapne, the Welsummer, Pippi, the Buff Orpington, Lulu, the Cuckoo Maran, and Bella, the Silver Laced Wynadote.

Baby Girls

 

Growing Up!

Pippi

 

Luke and Pippi

 

The Girls

 

And all grown up: 

 

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Comments (15)

love your coop. and you know how to take a picture of a chicken! sooo cute!
Beautiful coop! Do you know if one this size would hold 6 or 7 chickens?
Thank you, Flaca Chick! (And Joan, too!)
It's perfect for 4 chickens... I might put one more in there but that would be pushing it. If I wanted to put more in there, I might make it one or two more feett wider and longer.
I LOVE your coop! A couple friends and I are planning to each build a coop based off your design. Do you mind giving the dimensions and what it cost you to build? Great job!
I also love your coop! Its fantastic and what a great COLOR choice! Thanks for sharing!! :D
This has got to be one of the most adorable coops I have seen yet! I just love the colors, the style, the space it uses. Just awesome!
I love your coop. How did you make the waterers?
AMAZING coop and FABULOUS pictures! 
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Beautiful job, love the exterior color!
I love the color of your coop! It's the color family I was looking at the other day for ours. :D
Beautiful coop & beautiful ladies!! The coop color is a great color for Pippi! :) Absolutely love this and your photos!
That is one great looking coop!!, i can never get my pics to turn out like yours. Great job
Really nice, love the zig zag ramp. 
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