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The Chicken Hotel (4'x8'x4') and run

I inherited 5 hens from a friend and along with it came a very well built coop and a standard 4'x8' run made of scrap wood. After a few days of owning the chickens and seeing the amazing coops I decided it was time to make an attempt at a better looking run for my birds. I don't consider myself either a carpenter or very handy but I felt inspired and I figured, "how hard could making a box be?"   The Run- 4' tall 8' long 4' wide   I started with standard 2x4s and build two 4' tall and 8' long walls and two 4' tall and 4' wide walls that I joined together with 2.5"... read more

Cape Cod Coop

 The Cape Cod Coop This is our Cape Cod coop which we built this summer when my father finally gave into getting me chickens, I had been dreaming of getting some since I was in 2nd grade. We received our chicks in March and kept them in a basement brooder until we finished the coop when they were about 10 weeks old. When we first got the chicks they were a lot smaller than I thought they would be and they were so cute and sweet. My whole family was so excited. Here is a picture  of the chicks when they were less then a week old:  We started with 2 buff orpingtons,... read more

"Addition" to a cheap kit

  • by Sherm

        I purchased one of those kits, it's on the right of the photo.  The thing looked VERY Small once I had it up.  In the end, I decided to raise more chickens than the two or so the kit recommended.  So, I started literally throwing down boards and sawing, nailing and screwing. I had no plans other than a vague notion in my head.  I was really pleased with the result.   I did 3-tab roofing, and made it so the top of the nesting portion lifts up.  Once the chicks moved in, they really didn't go to the "kit" side ever.  I was going to move it out of there and... read more

Unused dog house now chicken coop

I posted on Facebook that I was looking for something people might have and this was going to the dump!   Later you will see what we did to add outside nesting boxes here. Baby chicks just purchased from the feed store. Wondering just what the heck this new surrounding means! Slowly coming out of the box... They started eating right away. The doghouse was very heavy but we got it up on stilts. Cut ventilation holes all around under the eaves. From a previous job, we were able to surround the coop with heavy duty panels that will be predator proof... read more

Tree House Chicken Coop

Hi All, We looked for coop designs and couldn't find anything that wouldn't take up a lot of space, so we used our existing tree house. My husband , bless him, is good at honey do projects and this was no exception. We screened in the bottom of the tree house with hardware cloth, he made the door, and built the coop under the ramp to get to the tree house. We have a door to get into the coop to clean and also 5 eggs boxes, which I keep two blocked off as it is a bit too many. We have installed perches inside and a window to allow ventilation, especially in the summer.... read more

The Alabama Winchester Chicken House

    The Winchester Chicken House   This is a story that has to start with a preceding story. It needs sort of a “prequel” so to say.   There's a big fancy house in the San Jose that was built in the late 1800s by a lady named Sarah Winchester. She was the daughter of Oliver Winchester of the Winchester rifle fame. She was quite wealthy.   She believed in the after life and of things in between. Once she went to a fortune teller who told her that she could see that Sarah was doing a lot of construction on her house and that was good. However there was a lot of bad... read more

Wiscoop

This is my first coop and I started the build this summer/fall so I can be ready to get chickens in the spring.  The footprint is 6x8 and the front wall is 8' tall and the back wall is 7'.  The walls are fairly tall for ease of getting inside and cleaning and also maximize the use of 8' material.  Not sure I needed to make it that tall but it is much easier to get around in there.   I used green treated material for the posts, edge boards, and deck and otherwise construction lumber for everything else.  I tried to save money when I could with the construction the... read more

The "No Chickens!" Coop

"No chickens!" was my mantra to my wife when we moved out to the country.  For the life of me, I could not understand why we would ever want to have chickens.  It made absolutely no sense to me and I put my foot down.  "No chickens."  Yeah, as if.   For Christmas I purchased a prefab coop in preparation for the chicks that we would get in the spring from our local farmer friend.  I love my family a lot.     So here I am thinking "we are set, this chicken thing isn't so bad......."  They then started growing and I knew that I was in real trouble at that point.  A... read more

Hannah's Hen House

Our coop was built Spring of 2014 based on plans we purchased for The Garden Coop (www.thegardencoop.com), a great coop design.   We modified the plans to make "the run" into the whole actual open-air coop, that we cover with a heavy duty tarp and plastic in winter.  I wanted a coop with a soil floor that I could use deep litter in, a coop that has good ventilation and would always smell fresh, and a coop that could be built securely on a hill.  If it wasn't for the hill stipulation, I would have gone for a hoop coop with cattle panel, as it seems cheaper to make, but... read more

Heated nesting boxes help stop frozen eggs!

  • by RonP

Last winter was unusually cold for my area, with days turning to weeks of temperatures way below freezing.   My schedule allowed me to gather my eggs twice a day, 8am and 8pm.   For weeks I had cracked frozen eggs. Literally dozens of eggs were deemed unfit for human consumption, and fed back the the birds.   I Quote: US FDA says: "Shell eggs should not be frozen. If an egg accidentally freezes and the shell cracked during freezing, discard the egg. Keep any uncracked eggs frozen until needed; then thaw in the refrigerator. These can be hard cooked successfully... read more

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