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"Deuce Coop"

In early Spring 2014, we began with 6 pullets and the need of someplace to keep them safe.    So this is what I built over the course of 6 weeks in the garage. It has served us well over the last year and a half, but we did lose 3 hens (from free ranging) to a stray dog. :-( Fast forward to early Spring 2015, a routine trip to our local Tractor Supply for feed, ended with the acquiring of 6 new pullets to add to our flock. With talk of getting about 12 more in the future, we now have a need for something a little bigger. But it's not really in the budget. So what's... read more

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"Last one in is a rotten egg!"

Our coop has been a work in progress since we got our girls (and a few boys that snuck in there somehow).  It is coming along nicely and starting to look finished.   Today we added the nesting boxes, hung feeders and water, installed a new roosting post for the girls and gave them a swing. They said to have 12" per hen, but these girls shove their butts all on the same roost.  The roosts are 24" long and they get 4 on the top and 3 on the next lowest.  Since we put this up, they don't want to sleep IN the coop, they want to stay outside and sleep on their new... read more

Our "little" project!

Our coop has been a work in progress since we got our girls (and a few boys that snuck in there somehow).  It is coming along nicely and starting to look finished.     They said to have 12" per hen, but these girls shove their butts all on the same roost.  The roosts are 24" long and they get 4 on the top and 3 on the next lowest.  Since we put this up, they don't want to sleep IN the coop, they want to stay outside and sleep on their new roost!   We even gave the girls a swing................. Checking out their new digs! read more

Guinea Coop

Our home is turning into a little chicken village.  We have several little "secure" houses with small runs that our chickens sleep in, but we let them free range during the day.  We have a network of open "runs" using 5-ft welded wire fencing to help keep the chickens in our yard and the neighbors' dogs (and stray dogs) out.      However, we are expanding from chickens and welcoming in Guineas to our home.  We've read guineas need to be contained 4-6 weeks to teach them "home" or they may wander off...  we thought about keeping them with the chickens - but were unsure... read more

Chikn Palace

First, we live in town.  We've lived here for 15 years, and for 15 years, I've tried with very minimal luck to grow a garden in my tiny, shaded back yard.  Just too much shade.  Then I found BYC, started learning about urban chickens, asked some questions, and learned that chickens are in fact allowed where I live!  If I can't keep plants alive, maybe I'd have better luck with chickens....  It started with a little pre-fab coop and 3 hens....   Well, then they needed a run....     My amazing sister in law and I built that run in a weekend, and we were so proud... read more

Hentucky Coop

First, I would like to give my thanks to John and Donna (Wichita Cabin Coop) for providing me with a copy of the plans for the coop they built.  If you have any questions, or want the plans, please visit their coop page http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/wichita-cabin-coop   Also, please pay attention to all the suggestions and lessons learned on their page.  They offer some real good advice.   Now to my version of the Wichita Cabin Coop, which I've named Hentucky (since we have four hens, well four female chicks and we live in Kentucky).   June 13, 2015   This is... read more

Another Suburban Cute Coop

  Completed coop (well almost- just have 4 young chickens in it and need to figure out a more permanent water and feed system). Notice how the door to the run is elevated about 16 inches from the floor. We have 3 boston terriers and they would love to squeeze by our legs to get inside- that 16 inch lip also keeps chickens in. The coop and run sit on a concrete slab and on that is sand for the run. I plan on doubling the run (and slab) to the right when I have more time. It has a pullout drawer for easy cleaning. Vents along the underside of the eve which are out of... read more

Peck's Poultry Palace

So my wife has become more conscience about organic and healthy eating and my kids have been bothering me about pets.  So chickens seemed like the way to go.  We have not had animals before and I decided if we were going to do chickens that I would do my research and have a coop that allowed for the minimum amount of upkeep.  Of course my kids promised they would do all the work to take care of the chickens, but we all now that lasts about a week.  I have researched and read about chickens and religiously checked this new coop forum just about every day to learn what I... read more

16' x 16' Chicken Coop Made From Pallets

The coop is still under construction. It still needs a doorway framed, sides completed, a roof, windows, and paint. I will update as we progress.    When I told my Dad that I wanted a 16' x 16' chicken coop, I really didn't think that he'd agree to it as easily as he did! We were fortunate enough to know someone who gets 8ft (approx.) pallets on a weekly basis. They were very happy to give them to us as they have to burn them and that's more work for them, than giving them away! We also had someone give us about half of the metal roofing we needed. We are going to be... read more

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