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John Hartman's Chicken Coop


The Plans

Two months between ordering my chicks and their arrival meant I had plenty of time to plan the coop. I rent my house so I need to be able to move it someday, therefore the walls are designed as complete modular panels. I wanted to be able to walk in.While I was waiting for the chicks I went on the Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour (this was great fun), I noticed everybody had more than one coop, I took this to mean that I should build as big as practically possible right off the bat. And of course it needed to look good. after a bit of brainstorming and lots of sketches on napkins and envelopes this is what I came up with: 7' 5" wide and high, 12' long, with the house elevated above the run. This should be plenty big enough for 7-8 chickens with room for growth.



I like Sketchup, using it to make the final draft of my plans really helped me get exactly what I wanted, it also made it easier to spot and problems that might come up in constuction.



I built the wall panels one at a time outside the workshop.


Test-fitting everything before fitting the clading and chicken wire.


The Experiment

I read about Architect Terunobu Fujimori siding some of his projects in charred ceder, a 15th century Japanese technique that seals against  insects and rot but is nearly forgotten.

I was intrigued, after an afternoon of experiment with scraps I had a method that yielded results I really liked.



Almost Finished

After attaching the charred ceder, laying the foundation and rebuilding the coop on it's permanent site I had something that was starting to look pretty good.

The Details

This keeps the door from slaming on chicken toes

Secret access to the nests.

Comments (9)

Hello John, I wanted to share with you my coop. Based on your design. Thank You for all your help. I love your design. Check my pics out :-)
I think you were very smart into looking into the issue of mold growing. Burning the wood was a very good idea.
I like this coop design.Deffinetly going to try the burned wood!Good idea! :)
Would it still work to keep insects away if it is spray painted over?
wow, someone is very rude.... I think it looks awesome, good job!
excellent design! the charred wood gives me tons of inspiration!
This coop is AMAZING!
I love your design! Just wondering if it would work in southern Illinois it gets kinda cold...
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