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Johnson Run

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mama aflack coop inspierd me to build this with some lumber that was stored for about 10 years

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le palais de poulet (the Chicken Palace)

This has been quite a journey! About 10 years ago, my wife and I decided we wanted to have some chickens (that was two moves and two states ago). Before I go any further, let me say thanks to navychick (the Egg Plant), stcroixusvi (the Coop de Grass), and todtrak (the Mid-life Crisis Coop). I borrowed heavily from their designs and ideas. Having virtually no knowledge of chickens or coops before I started, their insights and ideas have been invaluable! My wife only had one guideline for the coop - "I don't want an ugly coop and I want it painted like the house." "No... read more

An Upstate Chicken Cottage

  This is our full coop, The Chicken Cottage that has finally replaced the mini chicken coop. The first coop was a little 4 x 4 (ish) shed with T11 siding that was meant to move around if needed, but in reality weighed far more than was reasonable. It's short coming were many and sadly it's lack of sturdiness meant we lost more than a few birds to predators.  It was cute, and bright and fun, but also kind of falling apart, cramped and hard to clean / maintain.  So when I was deciding to build a shed I figured the easiest way would be to be able to access... read more


We began this project with the "bones" of an old 8'x16' produce wagon we purchased off Craigslist.  What, under normal driving conditions, would be a 45-minute drive, took my husband 4-1/2 hours to bring the wagon home:     After much thought as to how we were going to turn this into a mobile coop, we decided to frame out 2 coops on either end with the middle section for people access, storage, etc.  And so, the framing began:       Next up, the siding and trim.  We decided to go with T1-11 as siding:   Chicken pop door side:   People access side... read more

Lair of the Layers

Basic design is a single 4x8 sheet of plywood as a floor. I believe 3-4 inch plywood. Tongue and grove walls. Windows were old storm windows found in an alley. Hardwire cloth for the vents. A triangle of the same tongue and groove wood fits over the vent. It is about the same size as the vent hole and can slide to the side or can be removed completely to adjust the size of the vent. The girls most often roost in the rafter rather than on the roosting bars. Slide out tray for easy cleaning. You can see at the back the tray sits on a couple of... read more

Poulailler du Soleil

Just built a fairly simple chicken coop for our girls. To maximize size and minimize waste materials, it is 8 ft by 8 ft by 8 ft (drops to 6 ft in the back) with a 10 ft by 16 ft long metal roof. It has a solar-powered electric fence surrounding their run and a solar-powered light in the rear storage area. The next addition will be a 45-att solar array to per an interior light an water heater for the winter. We had to cover their yard with bird netting, as we have already had a hawk dive on them. We have decorated it to match our home, with cedar clapboards and shingles.... read more

Raised chicken coop

Here is the initial framing of the coop.  The legs are just 4X4 pressure treated wood.  I just bought one 8" piece and cut it into 4 equal legs.  So they are approximately 24" each.  I placed cheap pavers on the ground under the legs that were all leveled.  This should keep moisture away from the wood.  All of the framing was done with 2x3's to save a little on cost and to add a little to the interior space.The overall size of the coop is 4'x6' plus the nesting boxes.  It is raised about 2' off the ground and is about 7' tall at the peak.  The biggest drawback is that it... read more

Cluckingham Palace - a pad for the princesses

We recently decided to keep a few chickens so we had to build a coop.  We originally had 3 girls but one turned out to be a rooster, so for now, we have just 2 princesses in the palace. The finished coop. I'm a stay-at-home mum who has never really built anything before.  I was nervous to start a build with only the vaguest of ideas of what I was doing, but I just did each thing step by step so it wouldn't be overwhelming.  I did sketch out a basic design on graph paper (total old school) and used highschool trig to figure out the angle of the roof peak (HOA rules... read more

Coop de' GladeVille

                                                                              Coop de' GladeVille         This is my first endeavor into chickens, and something I have been contemplating for a year or so. My construction time was about two months, but that was only because I knew the breeds I wanted would not be ready for a while. I started my project with first locating a good amount of scrap wood. Fortunately for me I had a friend who had just torn down a 20x30 deck, and that provided me all just about all the building materials I needed to frame out my coop. I... read more

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