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country-chickens-coop

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This is the basic structure! Our first chicken coop! We started with and old tree house and we have been modifying it to fit the needs of our chickens.This view shows the nesting boxes, with an opening top for easy acess. We closed in the window with chicken wire , we covered the roof with typar and got the shingles at a surplus store for $16.00.

 

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This is the inside looking in form the door way/ This tree house is 20 years old so it has had it's fair share of children playing inside and making messes on the wall. To the left is our perches with our removable poop board underneath... the chicks haven't been in here yet, so we will have to see if this works, if not we will adjust.

**update** the first couple of nights they weren't sure where to roost and I ended up just putting a couple of them up there myself, I also decided to install two lower roosts on the right side of the coop on either side of the window incase the birds were having trouble flying up so high in such a small space.. .Of  course after I did that, they started roosting up on the hight roost all by themselves.. they now have a pecking order, 3 on the high roosts, 2 on the lower right roost and one on the lower left roost.

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the other window we decided to close in and create the chickens exit to the outdoor run. The door is sealed in tightly and can be locked to keep them safe at night!DSC03860.JPG


This is the other side of the coop showing the exit door, and the main door into the coop. This is before we put the man door into the pen on.DSC03861.JPG


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This is the run that comes off the coop. The wire is difficult to see, but it is 4ft chicken wire. The area where we placed it is under a thick pine tree underbrush, which I believe will help the chickens get out of the weather and prevent predator attacks from the sky! The short ladder is the back of the wire, the run is about 150 square feet.DSC03864.JPG


We put up this little perch to give the chickens a place to get up incase something does get into the pen, or just to hang outDSC03859.JPG


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Another view of the exit door

 

 

 

 

We plan on painting the whole building, I will add more pictures after we have done this. The flooring that you can kind of see in the last picture is some linoleum . I figured this would be easy to clean out and keep the floor boards in better condition. I plan on putting some sand on the floor to make it easy to clean out and hay in the nesting boxes. The chickens are moving in tomorrow *we have 6.

 

The total cost of this coop was very cheap. My dad builds ALOT, so all of the wood and screws we had kicking around. Our cost included

chicken wire- $40.00

linoleum floor- $10.00

shingles-$ 16.00

450

Here is the finished coop, we chose to use a stain so that the colour would last longer! As you can see the girls are already moved in and loving their run!

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Figuring out their ramp.. they are so funny to watch go down it!

 

That's it!!

 

Any questions just ask! jumpy.gif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (27)

It's really charming. I know you're thinking about painting it...but I find a rustic appeal with the natural color of the boards. My own preference of course. It's fun to make it go with your house or other out buildings...I understand that. Cute. Cute.
Just love. Love the run in the pine trees.
Bogtown Chick, i just posted the pictures of the finished coop! It does still kind of have that rustic appeal!
Terihdfxr: Thanks! the girls seem to love it too!
Very cute coop :)
Oh My Goodness ...... i've seen People's houses that were not as nice as your chicken house !!!
This is so very nice and so well done all the way thru !!!
love it great recycling
I like it! I'm a recycler too!
Love this coop! It's so cute! And I bet they LOVE that branch/perch thing.
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This is awesome! And cheap! One of my favorite qualities. One question/suggestion. Where do you live? You are probably going to need to fill in those gaps between the boards when it comes winter, unless you're somewhere where it doesn't get that cold. Also, if you close the gaps, you'll probably need to provide some more ventilation towards the top of the coop/under the eaves. This looks so great!
This looks great! I do have a warning/suggestion. Although you are right about the pine trees covering the view from predatory birds, it poses a new threat. If you have Raccoons or opposums where you life (or other predatory 4 legged animals that climb trees) then you might be in trouble. They might be able to climb into the trees and get to your chickens, especially since there's no top to the run.
nice looks great! good use of old things laying around.
Love it! Awesome run, too!
I will 2nd chickenpredatorkiller and add that the window you covered with chicken wire is not predator proof!! Raccoons can tear right through chicken wire. You went to so much work to make a beautiful coop and run, I would suggest putting welded wire on the window to protect your girls.
I have been looking at chicken coop and designs for months (years even) and this is one of the best I've seen from the chickens point of view. I have yet to understand the need for a ramp as even my silkies who can't fly manage to get 4 feet or so off the ground to roost. Roosts and nest boxes on or close to ground level are NOT what chickens want. A droppings board is a good idea but in the future I would not use wood or at least not rough unpainted wood (ever try to clean it?) I would use fiberglass, or bathroom paneling or some such smooth surface and scrape it with a wide putty knife daily. The droppings went into a large 30 gallon trash outside the coop with some holes in the bottom and the lid off so the droppings turned into compost for our garden. While my chickens were in the coop I had a broom, dust brush, putty knife hanging on the wall as well as DE in a shaker, a heat lamp for the waterer and paper towels ans a trash can, as well as an old chair so I could sit and watch. Eventually we covered the floor with linolium and that was a blessing. Sand is very good although a bale of hay is good too as it gives them something to pick at and keeps them occupied if you are not letting them out due to bad weather. We installed roosts of stair railing at different levels and of course all that could roosted up next to the roof. We removed the 4 windows and covered the opening with hardware cloth and all were well and healthy until a weasel found a crack and wreaked havoc at which point the birds refused to use the coop so now it is a tool shed and the birds sleep on the porch in dog kennels and pet carriers that have sand in the bottom, while I try to come up with something else nearer the house. The only change I would make to your coop is to paint and caulk the inside throughly so there is no place for mites to live and to make is so you could hose it out and disinfect it a couple times a year. Congradulations on using what you had and spending so little money!
Thank you for sharing this. This is pretty much exactly what we want to build :) And I appreciate all the comments with suggestions. But I think for what you had to work with and your budget/money spent you ended up with an amazing coop for your happy chickens!!!
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