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Dark Dozens - The Coop


Dark Dozens - The Coop



Building the coop:

The coop is 5 by 6 feet. The run is 5 by 16 feet. It was built to house 8 Buff Orpingtons.

The design was inspired by a coop I saw outside the local farming supply store, pictures I found on, and a shed that I built in 2009.

I used pressure treated lumber for framing the floor and for framing the run.

Everything else is framed with standard 2 x 4's

The siding is T1-11.

The floor and roof are exterior grade plywood.

Asphalt shingles and drip edge were used for the roof.

It is insulated with fiberglass insulation.

Vinyl coated fencing was used to cover the window and the vent.

Poultry fencing was used to enclose the run.

Corrugated pvc panels were used for roof of the run.

The coop was built with wheels, but to move the coop would be very difficult.

Things that I added after I thought I was done:

A small vent above the door.

A rain gutter.

Galvanized 2" x 4" fencing over the original poultry fencing.

I replaced the pop door with one that could be operated from the outside.

Things I would do differently:

I wouldn't position the large vent so close to the roosts.

I would position the coop so that the window faces south.




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Framed the floor with 2 x 4's and 4 x 6's.


Attached casters to 4 x 6's and added plywood floor.


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Framed the walls with 2 x 4's.




Coop Coop

Framed roof with 2 x 4's.


Attached plywood roof.


Coop Coop

Attached drip edge and shingles to roof.

Tacked on T1-11 siding to walls.

Cut out openings for doors and window.

Removed T1-11 for painting.


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Installed double hung window. Added door to nests.


Attached door to the vent.


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One of the girls checking out the new coop.

Still need to add the run before everyone can move in.


Chickens are finally in their new coop.



Coop Coop

Framed run with 2 x 4's.

Used corrugated pvc panels for roof of the run.

Used poultry fencing for containment.


Added an extra layer of galvanized 2" x 4" fencing

to keep out predators.







Comments (32)

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really beautiful coop and simple design - the best of both worlds.
What a great looking coop! Do you leave the door open for them to come out or do you close it at night? Also, how does your hens like the snow?
Very nice coop, I must say I love that black predator ;O)
i love it!!!!!!!! that cat looks like a black panther!
Very inspiring! Thanks for the "after thoughts". Really helpful. Can't wait to get started on mine!
Your coop and run are beautiful. They are just perfect in size, color and style for a backyard flock!
Thank you to everyone for the nice comments!
Love the coop! We're looking at designs now so we can build one for our very first chicks (8!) arriving March 20th. Do you have any pics of the inside? I'd love to see the inside set up if possible. Thanks!!
The coop is such a cute coop! Could you post some pictures of what the inside of the coop looks like? That would be great.
This is the best photo I could find that shows the inside of the coop.
To answer aflad2012's questions. My chickens don't seem to mind the snow. But I do spread straw around the run during the muddy season. I also added an exterior pop door that can be opened by pulling a rope. I close them in at night when it drops below 50 degrees. I love watching them race out in the morning. Here's a video of the morning rush.
Your girls are so pretty! Are they Buff Orpingtons?
very handsome! I've raised chickens a long time now and I like coops that I can stand up in.
Nice! Can you give an estimated cost for the materials you used for this coop and run setup?
i built one just like it if you have an old coop you can recycle it and it makes it really cheam but it costed me 200$$
GREAT looking coop! Job well done!
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