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Kelly's Coop

We finished our 12x6 Coop a few weeks ago. Took about 4 weekends.  I used designs and idea's from earlier posts so i figured I should post mine!  I have a few things to complete, like a better watering system.  But here it is.. Building off an exisitng shed....   Even have the teenager hamering instead of computer gaming!   Some left over vinyl flooring from another project!   Door to access the nesting boxes is water tight!   Nesting boxes on the inside - walls all painted!  I should have made the top steeper, they love to sit there even though I have... read more

Coop built using ALL recycled and repurposed materials!

  Okay, I lied, I did actually buy heavy duty hinges, a box of sheet metal screws, and paid $9 for all my plywood, which was recycled. Most of my materials were found in people's trash, though! It's mind-blowing what the average homeowner throws out! My boyfriend has a sort of hobby doing scrap metal, which basically means he's a trash-picker! Very often I go looking with him, and as soon as we decided to get chickens I went a LOT so I could make sure I picked up all the useable wood we saw! Since it was early spring, quite a few people were re-doing sections of their... read more

deer blind /chicken coop

    plain ol assemble it yourself( pre-fab) deer blind 6ft x6ft, by 7ft tall the man door, which we added eyehooks at top & bottom , to safely coop the girls at night, drop down gun windows on both sides excellent for cross ventilation building the pop door  ( so glad the hubby knows a little bit about construction )  laying boxes & roosts & lino floors, insulated w/ 1 inch styrofoam & paneled putting on the trim , and then it was my job to paint it ! checking out her new home & yard Panaramic view of the coop & run set up !   read more

how my coop took shape

  just had to add ramp and closures to all doors Built inside goats pen           read more

Da Bamboo Shack

Here are some pictures of a small coop I made for a friend of mine, currently in use as my temporary grow out pen. It's made from an old saw horse I found on a garbage pile of a construction site: and pieces of left over wood, tar paper and chicken wire. I finished it with some old woodshingles from a demolished house. I raised it a few feet for predators and its closable with a pull string pop door. I ran out of chicken wire, but ideally I'd make the area underneath the coop part of the run. It can open on the side for easy cleaning I have been using... read more

Kelsie's Koop but children's chicks! (LOTS of photos)

I can't wait any longer to post so it's not finished but I'll keep it updated until we are done!! I did a lot of research about chickens, coops and everything in between for months now! I wanted to make sure that I did things right the first time (I'm kind of learning from byc that that's not possible), but I also wanted what was best for our family and chickens! The last problem I came to was money, these chickens are not being named as we don't want to associate them as truly "family members," because they are after all for eggs and meat, but we do love them and spend... read more

Our Chicken Run

So, we have a small coop for our 4 hens and wanted to make a movable "run" that they could spend time in during the day.  We used 2x4's and pvc for the frame.  We went ahead and used 45 degree angles to make more room for us.  The kids can stand up in there and the chickens love it.  The chickens run to it when we let them out.  It's not predator proof, but for our situation, it works great.  The wheels make it so easy to move around and we're really happy with the end product.  The door was a challenge but I finally came up with a good design that is holding up well.... read more

Playset Conversion

Converted this playset into a 2-level chicken coop. 1st floor is for food, water, and an "easy access" egg laying area (shown as the open door under the flag). Second floor is for the chicken roosting area. Created a small access door (that can be closed if needed) between the fenced in outdoor area and 1st floor. The 2-level area can be accessed by the "French doors" on the back side and the outside area is accessed through a 5' door. We buried wire about 1/2 foot below the ground and then added 1-2 pound stones on top of that. Planted rose bushes around the outdoor... read more

Chicken hallway

I decided to increase the size of my flock so I ordered 12 chicks from the local feed store. I got them on May 22.  They have been getting bigger by the minute and they really had outgrown their brooder before I was ready to let them free range with the big birds.  I decided that what I needed to do was build a pen for them so the hawks wouldn't get them.  The brooder is in the chicken house.  The problem was how to let them have some freedom without letting them run totally free.     I pondered on it for a long time and finally came up with this design.  I made... read more

My First Coop: Circ Du Poulet

  So here it is, finally complete, well...mostly. Having zero building skills I can't guarantee that anything is square or level in this structure. It is pretty sturdy though, so that has to count for something.There are so many things I would have done differently on this project, beginning with not buying so many baby chicks in the first place. Four was the magic number, but somehow I came home with 9! Chicken math at its finest. Now I have 8 hens (one was a cockerel), who should start laying any day now. I'm soo excited because a couple of them are starting to sing... read more

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