After much searching on the web for designs I liked, I finally decided to build my own backyard coop. It was a good thing too, because the girls were getting way too big for the dog crate we were temporarily keeping them in. Part of this coop started life as an old homemde "dog box" that fit inside the bed of a compact pickup truck. This was left over from years ago when I deer hunted and it was no longer being used. The treated lumber was holding up well so I decided to make some use of it. The lower portion underneath the coop is the old dog box. I just started framing from there. I had no plans, but I did have a vision of what I wanted and I went from there. So, of course I made some errors and got frustrated a time or two but in the end it was worth it.
This is the basic design drawing.
(The opening underneath the coop is 14 inches but was framed with 2x4 lumber so the head space is 20inches for the girls. )
This is the initial frame under way and partially stained. The general dimensions are 8 feet long and just over 4 feet deep.
This is my helper / supervisor double checking my measurements. "measure twice, cut once Dad".
Well on our way now. As you can see, the front doors to the run area are on and all the hardware cloth has been installed. Oh yeh, and the nest box is coming along nicely.
Here is a shot of the roof ridge area with hardware cloth installed so no critters get in.
These are shots of the nest boxes from the top and from the inside of the coop.
This is the interior main wall that houses two framed windows and the "pop door" opening for the coop. The window frames are routered with a 1/4 inch slot at the rear so I can unscrew one side and sllide in a piece of plexiglass in come winter time.
The other end of the coop section also has two windows for cross ventilation. They are covered with some "awnings" made out of 3/8 plywood and roofing shingles. The white stuff is some clear caulking that has not cured yet.
The front of the coop has two "clean out" doors. I re-purposed an old window latch to lock one side. The other door then overlaps the locked one when closed.