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Recycled Shutter Coop

When I decided that I was going to get chickens, I knew I had little money to spend on a coop. I had to put my creative mind to work. While I was rummaging under my parent's house for scrap wood, I notice my mother had stored her old shutters that were recently replace. 'Ding', IDEA!   So, I sawed the shutters in half which gave me, 6 for the sides and 2 for the back, giving me a roughly 5'x3' coop. I laid bricks on the ground for the base of my coop with chicken wire on top. The entrance is the base from my dishwasher delivery (basically a 2'x2' frame). The run is... read more

The Great Pacific Northwest Coop

We took the plunge into backyard chickens this year (2014) and it's been great. Here's a quick look at our coop and the construction process involved. We live in Spokane, WA.     We started our build by selecting a spot close to the house with access to water and electricity. I highly recommend making plans for water and electricity during your build.               Get your coop built early in the spring! We bought the chicks and decided to buy a coop to save some construction time. Found this one on Craigslist from a local DIY builder. I planned out the... read more

My Greenhouse Coop

The original greenhouse built in 2012 from a Sunglo kit.   We sectioned off the back 5 feet of the greenhouse and added a sliding door to the garden outside.     The greenhouse bench serves for storage and a place to grow fodder.     The roost and poop hammock.     Enjoying a break from foraging.    View from the front door.    The view from an upstairs window ... I can see my flock is in out of the rain :)  The raised beds have hinged covers that can be closed to keep the chickens out when I have crops growing or opened to let them forage at... read more

cirque de poulet

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cirque de poulete

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From Baby Changing Table to Chick Brooder!!

My Hubby and I found a this Jenny Lind style baby changing table at the local charity thrift store for $15.00.  He knocked out the top shelf, put a backboard on it, enclosed three sides with 1/4" hardware cloth and then made removable side boards to control drafts so as the chicks grow the sides can be removed for more ventilation and viewing area, he also put cup hooks on the front so we can place a plexiglass cover over the front to prevent more drafts if desired.  He made a frame for the lid, added hinges and a hook to hold it open for access.   The bottom shelf will... read more

My little chicken coop

no chickens yet, but I have designed and built a coop base on various internet postings and believe this to be a unique coop.  the coop is two story, 4x4 (2 feet + 4 feet high) , run is 12x12 (5 1/2 feet high), the construction is mostly done, but still need to add the hardware cloth and some finishing touches. wont' have any chicken for probably five months. used wood as braces and notches to stabilize the structure.  this is my first time building anything of significance. I did it mostly by myself.   I learnt so much about construction.  Cost: 1k (at least), time... read more

PVC Pipe Feeder

I built this feeder out of a 90mm PVC drain pipe, a Y bend (I think it's called that) and a cap on the bottom. I make different feeders like this to suit different spots in the coop. It is cheap and easy to make. This one has a 45 degree angle with a diagonally cut pipe on the end of the Y. This helps keep it dry if it is out in the rain and helps stop too much food being scraped out. It also has a screw on thing at the top where a cap can screw on if it is left in the rain. This one has a bend on the top that sticks through the wire so I can fill it up through... read more

Whimsical Purple Coop

I've always wanted chickens, and my husband wanted to get rid of the not so new eyesore of a swing set in our brand new back yard. While his job is more managerial now (he runs a construction company), he's truly a carpenter - and a good one. He built this coop for me using left over materials from old jobs.   Here's the finished product - scroll down for the process.         ----   This is kind of what we started with - after we had taken some bits down.   Framing the doors and windows.   Beginning the curved roof and the nesting... read more

San Tan Valley Coops Newest Designs

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