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Appalachian Cabin Playhouse Coop

        This is a hybrid design, based on the ever-popular Wichita Cabin Coop and the Playhouse Coop.  Originally, I was going to downsize the Cabin Coop, but due to the available space I was working with, the orientation of the coop and the shed roof weren't a good combination.  Because I wanted to put the door on the short side, the Playhouse roof worked better, but I liked the coop part of the Cabin design and decided to combine the two.   The enclosed run is roughly 4' x 8', while the coop where our four ladies sleep is 3' x 4' and is outfitted with... read more

Lil Deuce Coop

As a child I grew up taking care of my family's chickens.  When I purchased my first home one of the first things I wanted to do was get chickens.  I never thought I would build a coop myself, since I didn't think I was very handy.  Well, I'm a lot handier than I thought.  In my town, livestock is only allowed within 100 feet of a property line.  Unfortunately my yard is less than 100 feet wide.  In order to make the coop as inconspicuous as possible, I built it to resemble a children's playhouse...I'm not sure I was successful.  The coop is finished with mostly cedar... read more

Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm

Heel low:   Guess it is time I post our facilities...all them coops & outbuildings at the Higgins Rat Ranch.    We have buildings...buildings to house our many creatures and store items we need to keep them well.   Here's a list of the critters as of today...April 22, 2014:   Waterfowl: DUCKS:  Calls (24 varieties), East Indies, Mandarins (Wild & White), Crested Ducks (White, Black, & Grey), Australian Spotted (3 varieties), Dutch Hookbills (crested and non), & Appleyards (crested and non). GEESE:  Buff, Buff Tufted, & Buff Pied American. Ruddy... read more

Driscoll Chicken Estate

   Deciding what and how to build our "perfect" coop has been quite a feat! Lots of research went into what would work for our little set up. The gentleman who built "Coop09", was especially inspirational as was the gentleman who built the "Taj Mahal". Lots of laughs there! My son and I dug into planning with insane enthusiasm. He has absolutely no interest in the chickens. This is all about the design, construction, and what kinds of high tech gismos he can sneak in. Automatic door parts are already on order! My husband? Eh...not so enthusiastic, but he is coming around... read more

David's Hilton Coop

I live in the city with strict limitations of four chickens. Last Summer, I complained to my older brother about the bugs eating my garden.  He told me, "I know just what you need and will come over on Saturday and bring it to you. Jim and sweet Fay walked in with a milk crate box with two little Bantam pullets. I was in love.     (I cut away the side to use as a nesting box three months later.) When Lucy began setting on the eggs to April 1st, I realized that we needed a second nesting box and found this great box at Walmarts.  As you can see in the right picture... read more

Chick-Inn Westmont

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Wicked Lair, Swing-set Upcycle!!

  I have been wanting a farm for a long time, so my husband decided to help me with my dream and start me off with a simple addition....chickens! I love any kind of bird but chickens have always been my favorite! We wanted to start off small so I got 4 chicks, then I decided I liked them and got 6, then 8, 9, 11, and finally 14 (maybe more lol I have found they are extremely addicting!) As my number in chicks were growing so were the actual chicks themselves and I knew with warm weather moving in it would be time for them to move out into a coop, but we didn't have... read more

Playhouse style medium coop with 6 nesting boxes

This is our first chicken coop born out of a gift of two hens and a rooster that a friend gave us. We desired something that was raised off the ground for safety and could accommodate a nice size flock in the future. Sadly during my research we found that coops are very expensive and anything that could accommodate 10 + hens would cost over a thousand dollars especially if it was "pretty", a necessary pre requisite according to my wife. We found an unused 4x3x4 foot dog house and I decided to retrofit it, raising it off the ground and adding windows, doors, and nesting... read more

"B" Family chicken barn

  Well, I decided I wanted to try and raise a flock of chickens. I needed to get a coop. I spent a lot of time looking around at the prefabricated coops and decided I could build one better and for less money. Well I have bumbled a little along the way building this thing. I have learned quite a bit from looking at other peoples builds. I will point out things that I have changed along the way. I hope that someone will learn some things from my mistakes and maybe spark some ideas in others.       I decided that I was going to go big and house about 18 birds.... read more

Parisien Girls Chicken Condo!

After barely getting through the winter with a crappy Store Bought Chicken Coop, we decided to build a bigger, better home for the girls. The Wichita Cabin Coop ( on this website looked like the perfect coop for us so we went with it! It's still under construction but very excited to get the girls in their new home!!! We decided to build the coop on our driveway and move it to the final place in the backyard once it's dry enough. We've just had so much rain and I didn't want to wait. We have a ton of wood bees... read more

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