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English Family Coop

We are just finishing up our first chicken coop build. This is our first time having chickens. We decided to get several different types of chickens. The types we have are Cornish, Barred Rock, Americauna, Welsummer, Longhorn, and a few mixed breed Easter Eggers. We plan on housing approx a dozen chickens year round. We looked over many designs before deciding what style and function of a coop we thought would work for our family. Our coop is approx 36 sq ft plus egg box and our run is about 130 sq ft. We took many things into consideration such as function, necessity,... read more

The Blanch Ranch Chicken Coop

Not sure how this works. HTML? Anyway. Here is a link to all the pictures during my build. Can't think of anything I would have done different. The lower doors hold the drawer when you go to clean it out. Very handy. Access to all parts of it is easy. Sun roof is nice in the winter as a gauge. for humidity. read more


We started with five banty chickens my daughter brought home from the local hardware store. Then chicken math took over and we needed a bigger coop for all the new fuzzy butts that would soon arrive. So my husband got busy and started building cooptopia aka fowlcatraz aka fort flox.       Concrete footing about a foot in depth for what will be a 10x40 coop.     1/2 inch osb inside and out for the walls and inside ceiling.     2x3 framing, we went with 2x3 over 2x4 because they are a dollar less each and plenty strong enough. Walls are all on 24" centers... read more

Massachusetts Duck Coop

This spring we decided to add ducks to our lives.  We bought four Swedish Blues from McMurray and raised them in a brooder for 4 weeks before moving them permanently to their new home this past weekend.  Our coop needs to provide protection from coyote, raccoon, fox, possum, skunk, fishers, and hawks.  We want the ability to keep the ducks in the coop for long periods during the winter months when hawk pressure is highest, so we made our enclosure pretty big:  6 ft by 16 ft = 96 ft², or 24 ft² per duck (assuming 4). We wanted to keep the structure... read more

Jurassic Bawk Coop on Barfield Urban Farm

So there I was, eating my Costco eggs one morning and thought I want my own eggs.  That's where it all started.  I live in Denver, CO where it is legal to have chickens within the city limits (no roosters).  I came across and have been hooked ever since.  I started with two hens and an amazon ordered chicken coop.  I quickly learned my mistake when I came home from work and the coop door was open, no hens to be found, and one very pleased dog in the yard.  I have since spent many hours looking at coop designs and coming up with my own spin on one.... read more

Girls Fun Day Out Chicken Coop

My husband and I constructed an elevated 8' x 8' walk-in chicken coop, with access below the coop including roosting perches.    The coop is constructed 2x4 framing, truss roof, metal roofing, and Smart Siding.  The inside is finished with OSB Board and solid foam insulation in the walls.  3/4" extra plywood for flooring.  There is a full walk-in door from the outside for easy access.  The coop chicken door is on a pulley system.  The windows are constructed with double pane plexi-glass.  The windows were first finished with hardware cloth to prevent an intruder from... read more

CabinCreations Garden Coop

We started this spring with the space looking like this: I had a 6x8 coop that I built last summer but found it not big enough, and my gardens needed a lot of work.  There was a lot of water around, poor drainage, and over all really needed a revamp.  I also had dreams of a covered run, and scoured the internet for pictures and ideas. We moved the old coop out of the way, and started filling the area that was to be our new coop.  I put a huge beam across the back of my garden so there would be a step up to the coop and it would be high and dry.  Then the build... read more

New run! 11x25 with room to fly

Thanks for all the inspiration! We were tired of manually hauling out the girls into a dog pen. Now they can help themselves. Next is an auto closing/opening door to the coup. It's 13' on the high side and 6' on the short side. 25' long. The door opening is 6'6" for my tallest helpers. Lowes had the gate closing spring for 9 bucks. The easy gate hardware saved a bunch of time. Totally worth the cost. I buried a 4x4 for the bottom to prevent digging under even though the top isn't secure. It just has the no fly netting. From seeing other runs on here, I've... read more

Our West Texas Coop!

  In the beginning, we thought this small coop would be enough room.  The box said 2-4 chickens.  We actually got 6 chicks in case 1 or 2 died. This is only about 42" tall. It was perfect for little chicks but as they grew bigger, we had to have something bigger!   Another pic of the smaller coop with the run built.   View from my bedroom window of the first coop and run finally finished.   Our dog, Mo, watching chicken TV.   Beginning to build the 2nd larger coop.  We're building it to the right of the existing coop and will join the runs... read more

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