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Solar Chicken House

Woodcliff Solar Chicken House

We had been thinking about getting chickens for a quite a while (to eat the hords of grasshoppers, make better compost, and EGGS), so decided to order chickens from a nearby state chicken hatchery. We received 13 Silver Laced Wyandotte's in early June and as each day passed and they grew bigger, we knew we needed to get that chicken house built!!

We started building in July and just finished the end of September. This coop was built entirely from recycled or reused materials, excluding concrete and hardware. We had a lot of beetle dead pine trees on our property. My husband and son spent 3 long weekends felling and moving the trees to the mill setup area. We hired a fellow with a portable mill to make those trees into lumber. Consequently, all the wood for the coop was either our milled trees, felled trees or collected scraps of wood stored in our woodshed. We discovered a Habitat for Humanity recycled architectural materials store where we got our doors, windows, paint, hinges, and the like. We like it so much we volunteer there every week (a good way to watch for the interesting stuff). We chose a passive solar design for the coop since our home utilizes passive solar and works really well!


Completed Coop Looking North East
Completed Chicken Coop



Specifications, drawings and materials



Masonry tools for berm wall and wall specifications



Clearing the area for the poles and foundation


Poles and roof joists

We had to paint every piece of milled lumber and the felled trees because a fungus resides with the beetles in the pine trees and we wanted to make sure we protected the surface of the wood-this was a lot of extra work

Laying the berm wall

Adding walls, door and window

Adding another door and more windows

The Flying Chicken House
Well, actually the temporary tarp roof--we had so much rain during July and August, the tarp was essential

Add siding and more paint

Chickens waiting for their coop to be finished

Chicken door, concrete ground barrier, side berm wall

Details of concrete ground barrier

Beginning the roof

Last sheet of roofing

Back berm wall, insulation and ceiling

Removing cactus from the chicken run

Chicken yard (run) with cactus removed, more outside green paint
and a chicken in the yard

Chickens checking their incomplete house--we got them into the coop near midnight one night-- they couldn't take that wire cage anymore!

The shingles are on and the roof is finished--all are leftover or freecycle shingles

 Nesting boxes and the ladder to the roosts

Sun warming the house

Completed Coop Looking North East 


Steps and Tibetan Prayer Flags are added--
The coop is complete!! 


Comments (2)

Your coop is so lovely -- perfect in its space. I have been a bit worried about how to work around a somewhat less than flat
Your coop looks lovely and perfect in its space. Our backyard has a lot of uneven areas where I'd love to build, but didn't think of options beyond stilts or split level designs. I hadn't thought of a mix of materials, or making a berm wall. Yours looks really nice, and your girls look great in it. Just wondering -- how do they respond to the red walls? Was that a chicken based choice or just an aesthetic one? Either way, very cool.
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