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Nugget's The Chicky Shnoodle Shack

The Chicky Shnoodle Shack
This was inspired by Cezanne's Coop design 
submitted by Jen and Andre, Nova Scotia, Canada

My father in law is a contracter and worked with my husband and me to make this idea come together. We were planning on about 6 hens and built it on an 8x6' foundation and about 11' tall. It is wired and insulated with a bathroom fan running out a black stove pipe in the roof for ventilation. The roof is shingled with cedar shakes and this siding is stained pine slats. The floor is covered with vinyl, which makes cleaning easy (a tip we got from the Kreitz family Poulet Chalet page). To keep the chickens from picking at the insulation, we put wood paneling over the interior walls and ceiling. My father in law made the door himself out of chipboard, pine slats and heavy bracing on the back to prevent warping. We have 3 nest boxes and there are (ornamental) rafters for perching

The run was built with the old aluminum support for a portable vinyl greenhouse. It's 18' long and covered in 2" square welded wire mesh. We built it around the existing trees to give shade.

By request here are some details about how we built the swooped roof. With plywood the length of the coop, we used string and a pencil to draw the 'arch' (like a compass). We cut this out to make the spine of the roof with the swoop. We started at the ends (front and back) and attached the angled roof pieces to the wall frame and to the spine, working our way toward the middle. Once the structure was up, we took thin pine slats and screwed them to the angled pieces (start in the middle, work your way out). The curve will cause the pine slats to separate in the middle. We pulled downward on them as we screwed them in place to keep them relatively horizontal. The top slats needed to be trimmed with a jigsaw in the middle. We covered the slats with tar paper then shingled.


1) Flashing for the peak. We couldn't use a long piece (wouldn't bend) so we used lots of little metal 'V's overlapping them to keep it waterproof. They were about 6" long, and I don't know what they are called. To hide them we used construction adhesive to cover them with extra shingles and trimmed them to size.

2) putting up the wood paneling inside was a trial since the roof does not make a true rectangle. It bows inward and is taller at the end peaks than the centre. This took trial and error. The moldings hide some of the gaps that remained. As mentioned the rafters were added at the end, and are only ornamental.


frame and roof structure
roofing done
Roofing and siding done
Tulip's coop

We realized we needed a second, mini-coop to isolate and quarantine chickens now and then. We built a tractor with remaining materials.

A frame

This is our first experience with chickens, thanks so much to for all the help and advice !



Comments (13)

Just fantastic!!, Great style points, very fun and perfectly executed.
Great job! Did you originally have a child's playhouse in mind? This would make a great one. Congrats on repurposing/reusing the material for the run.
Hi! Love this coop -- especially the roof! We are actually trying to "copy" this roof idea on a chicken coop we are building, and have managed to completely confuse ourselves. (Having never built a regular roof, this was perhaps not the one to start with!) A couple of quick questions on it -- First, can it be built without the "swoop" piece? Secondly, does the angle you cut the rafter pieces change with each truss? (for example, if we start cutting each rafter at a 45 deg angle on our mitre saw, do we need to cut it at a different angle as we move toward the center? Or do the trusses just get shorter?)
If you can throw in your two cents, it would be greatly appreciated, as it is time to get our chickies outside, and my husband and I are both baffled! :) THANK YOU!!!
Love this too, In doing quick calculations the angle does change if you keep the swoop in
I think??? So I guess that would create a slight swoop in too?
@treehouse -- I think so, too, but have had so much trouble calculating the angles. :( I may just give up and do a regular (not swooped) roof. My girls have outgrown their brooder and I need to get this project done already! Haha! Let me know if you figure it out in the next few days -- it's such a cute idea!
@pdxweissfamily - get it figured out? How much swoop (inches sag) were you planning?
Lovely coop! Your roofline is very cute. I'm jealous.
I love The coop. The roof is awesome.
This is absolutely TERRIFIC! Great job on aesthetics! Your idea is unique, simple and extremely becoming all at the same time. Chicken tractors are a must have, I agree.
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