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MoonShadows Farm Chicken Coop and Run



Our coop is 10' x 8' with 6' 6" walls and a gabled roof. It was framed using standard dimensional lumber and sheathed with rough cut eastern yellow pine boards of varying widths. The floor joists are constructed of 2 x 6's, rest on cinder block piers and are covered with OSB and plywood with Black Jack 57 as a protected covering. The roof is plywood with asphalt shingles over felt paper. It has 5 shed windows covered with hardware cloth screens, an automatic chicken door, a human door, a bump out nesting area with 4 nesting boxes, 2 rows of roosts over galvanized pans filled with Sweet PDZ, gable vents, and room for a future enclosed storage area for food and supplies and a brooder/hospital area. The run is 10 x 16 and constructed of pressure treated dimensional lumber and covered with 1 x 2 and 2 x 4 welded wire on the top, sides and in an apron about 2 feet around the perimeter. We have 13 hens and 1 rooster.


The Plans









North Side

South Side



The Construction


The coop is about 50 feet behind our house on what used to be a hill going down to the back field. Last year we brought in about 25 dump trucks of fill to extend the yard by about another 18 feet, and it is on this "extension" that we decided to put the coop. As you can see, the area is still slightly slopped towards the field, so each pier is a different height. We decided to use concrete blocks placed on gravel for footings. 


The base is built of 2x6s and pressure treated wood "plates" in each corner to rest on the concrete blocks. 

Joists are hung using joist holders for extra strength.


The floor is 5/8 OSB. (We thought that would be sufficient, and it is just for chickens, but with joists on 24" centers,

there was a lot of give to the floor for us humans. I later added another 1/2" of plywood to the floor.)



Front - Chicken Entrance                                                               North Side - Human Entrance



Back - Nesting Box                                                                        SideSouth Side - The roosts will be along this side



Roof Trusses - Front and North Side



Plywood Roof                                                                                 Felt Paper to protect roof



Trimmed out roof edges for soffits and fascia boards



2x8s around floor perimeter with 2x4s  between 2x8s and outside sheathing - To contain Deep Liter



Black Jack 57 Rubberized coating                                               1 x 2 Welded Wire around coop base



Sheathing is 1" rough cut Eastern Yellow Pine                              Front Windows & Ador1 Door installed.



Framed out windows and Ador1 Door                                           Side window framed & Human Door Installed



North Side                                                                              Back with open nesting box are



Roosts, Poop Board & Ramp (minus cleats)                                                                           Temporary Run



Side Walls of Permanent Run (PT 2 x 4's resting on 4 x 6's)



Finally! The roof                                                                          Vent holes in each gable



The completed run



The nesting boxes in progress and completed



Inside view                                                                       An interested customer!



Just in time (the 2 smaller ones)                                                                    The "Boss" approves



A little paint and some decorations



Different Views



The Finished Product!





Future Additions


1. We plan to replace the slate on blocks stoop in front of the human door with a porch that will extend that whole side of the coop and wrap around the back under the bump out nesting boxes. I think this will give the coop a more finished look and will be better in sloppy weather.


2. This fall, we plan to put in 4 - 8' x 4' raised vegetable garden beds at the end of the run. If all goes according to plan, we will extend the run with tunnels around the raised gardens so they can benefit from the chickens "working" the gardens. I got this idea from a Mother Earth article.

Chickens in the Garden: Eggs, Meat, Chicken Manure Fertilizer and More



What we would have done differently / What we would do next time


1. We built the run out of pressure treated wood so it would withstand the elements for many years. Later on I found out that the saw mill we bought the Eastern Yellow Pine from to build the coop had Tamarac wood. I purchased 12 - 8' lengths to build our raised vegetable gardens. I wish I had thought earlier and purchased this wood for the run. Tamarac is a hard wood that will outlast cedar and even black walnut when it comes to the elements.



Comments (19)

Love your coop and run! Great job.
Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the Chicken Coop Picture of the Week. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process  
Great job and thanks for the detail.  This is very close to what I hope hubby will build at our next place so I can't wait to show this to him.
Great Job & Wonderful ideas! Awesome to be incorporating chickens & garden...quite the undertaking, but looking well worth the effort!! Good luck with your continued build & keep posting your pics!
Very nice. Inspiring !
Thanks for the design and diagrams. You have built what I dream of having for my ladies. Love the garden idea. My ladies work my flower beds and think the raised fall garden is for their picking and enjoying. They enjoy it and I enjoy watching them enjoy themselves. Thanks again.
Wow I love your coop and run!
Outstanding! Looks very professional and homey! Great job on the details!
No gutter on the run side of the roof? I have a similar design (but smaller) and decided to put a gutter on the back of the coop, else my run would be soaked with rain water. But then again I also covered half of my run (Seattle rain).
Thanks for all the kind words everyone. We were happy, and surprised, when we got an email saying our coop was picked as a Coop of the Week. We put a lot of effort into it. JuniorMint, I think after the rain we had today, I will be putting a gutter on the run side of the coop. It poured, and the run filled with water. It drained rather fast since the ground is sand, but the girls were out after that drinking water out of the puddles where they had dug holes. Always something to do.Thanks again everyone!
Great Job, you have a luv for chicken,your one of us ,lol
Beautiful coop and run.  Your documentation and diagrams are outstanding.  Well done!
I love this coop and the modifications you have made. We have raised vege garden beds and find that the girls dig over everything and eat all the pests as well as the greens! Have had to net the chard, beets, carrots and spuds as well as anything planted as seed!
Really nice work there! I particularly like the picture you posted of the Blackjack #57 you used for the floor sealant! I intend to do the same thing with mine!
Nice coop! Did you do those drawings?
Thank you. Yes, I did the drawings using a program called SmartDraw.
what's the size of your vent holes? and AWESOME coop :)
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