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My "I've never built anything like this before, I hope this works!!" Chicken Coop!

I'm a 25 year old woman and I built this chicken coop on my own. So if you're thinking about building a coop and are a little nervous/hesitant, don't be! You can do it! :)   What started as a sketch on a piece of paper, slowly but surely evolved into an actual chicken coop that actually functioned and actually was not going to fall down/break in half/crumble into a million pieces.    This thing is solid and it **** well better be after many, many hours of weekend work. I'm obviously not going to give a tutorial with the coop because I'll be honest and say there was... read more

How to turn a Playhouse into an Enchanted Chicken Coop

First we want to thank everyone who has posted their stories of building their own coops and how they upgraded existing ones, we couldn't have completed ours without your help.   To save money and the desire to have an attractive new chicken coop to replace our ratty old and smaller one lead us to purchasing a Playhouse from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore store. Even though the Playhouse was missing parts and sections were damaged, we paid 1/4th the cost of a new one.   Here is a picture of it once we got it home.   First we had to build a platform to support the... read more

The Strange Coop

It all started 2 and a half months ago. My wife and I inherited three, 1 year old chickens and a chicken tractor from friends who moved away. We had discussed getting chickens this past year, after our home owners association changed the by-laws allowing us to have hens because we lived outside of city limits.   Since then, chicken math has taken its toll on us : ) We now have 8 chickens, 7 are different breeds because we want multicolored eggs. The chicken tractor was moved around twice, but we finally settled on a location for the chickens. Beside our garage. We... read more

Pepparkakor Hönshus (Gingerbread Henhouse)

We aren't the kind of people who can just drop a couple thousand dollars on a new coop. But never fear! When we bought our new micro-farm, it came with THIS!     Even more exciting, this aesthetically noxious, junky shed was filled to the gills with more junk! But if you know me, you know that every negative is really just a well-hidden positive. Among the junk we found lots of nice, usable wood. We started by cleaning it out. Then the exterior really needed some help! The plan was to make the exterior perimeter of the building completely predator proof. We... read more

A small work in progress

I saw a picture of a trampoline frame that someone turned into a chicken pen and thought it was a cool idea. I put an ad on craigslist and got 3 free trampoline frames that day. I put one in the barn and set the other 3 up. I bought some 30" fencing for $25 at the home improvement store and went around the perimeter of both frames. I zip tied it on. It worked out great. Next I put chicken wire on the top of one to keep the birds out and keep the chickens in. The second one I will put some support in the middle because the chicken wire sags. Also, it is difficult to go in... read more

A work in progress

I saw a picture of a trampoline frame that someone turned into a chicken pen and thought it was a cool idea. I put an ad on craigslist and got 3 free trampoline frames that day. I put one in the barn and set the other 3 up. I bought some 30" fencing for $25 at the home improvement store and went around the perimeter of both frames. I zip tied it on. It worked out great. Next I put chicken wire on the top of one to keep the birds out and keep the chickens in. The second one I will put some support in the middle because the chicken wire sags. Also, it is difficult to go in... read more

First chicken coop for our first chickens

This is our first chicken coup for our first chickens.  I looked at some designs on here and took the ideas I liked and this is what I came up with.   The first weekend on the project all we did was the foundation.  The foundation area is 8' x 12'.  We also laid chicken wire under the dirt to prevent predators from tunneling in. Now on to the build.  The front is 6'6" and the back is 5'6". The coop it self is raised 30" of the ground and is 4' x 8' wide.     I put the window in for ventilation on nice days.  I will be putting a hinge on the board I cut... read more

Half Monitor Style Coop and mini greenhouse

Our Coop was built this spring with help from a contractor and my husband.   We built a 12x16x8 Coop using the base plans from the book How To Build Chicken Coops on Amazon   From there we poured a concrete base to attach the coop to.  We live in the middle of the prairie and corn fields so wind is a problem in the winter.  The north, west, and east sides are insulated.  All of the inside was painted with deck paint in ultra white.  It is bedded in the deep litter method.     Because I'm an avid gardener and wannabe homesteader, we decided to make the first... read more

Chicken Playhouse on Wheels

We've wanted chickens for a while and finally made the move this year. Although our city ordinances allow hens in the backyard, if the neighbors complain you have to get rid of them. Faced with this stipulation we designed a chicken tractor to look like a kids' playhouse. Hopefully we'll win over our neighbors with the cuteness.        In that we live on 1/4 acre we can't have our chicks free-range all the time. (That said, I do realize that we will be sacrificing a section of our lawn to the chickens, We're not naively hoping we can keep our lawn even with the... read more

COUNTRY CHICKEN COOP

      Because I work Mon through Friday, the time I was able to spend on this project was limited to weekends (weather permitting).  Prior to starting, I spent a lot of time researching and talking to friends who have chickens to try and come up with a plan we would be happy with in the long run.  This picture was taken after the first weekend.  At this point, we had the framing complete.  All of the materials used for the floor were pressure treated, as they will likely come in contact with moisture from rain as well as chickens.  The walls were constructed with... read more

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