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Time traveling couple and our 'historical' coop with budget DIY tweaks and perks---FORT ORPINGTON!

Hi! We live in NEW HAMPSHIRE~ We are historical reenactors living in a little 240 yr. old house that has been a DIY labor of love to restore for over 17 years. We JUST got chickens for the first time last April---4 English buff orpingtons, and put up a coop. Always on a tight budget, we do pretty much everything ourselves and have a lot of fun working on our various projects! We had just finished building our own fence of trees we cut down, and had 'tricked out' our purchased coop (from Coops for a Cause, where a portion goes to charity) with period-style hardware... read more

Colorado Prairie Coop and Run

  Hello! Here is my adventure to obtain a chicken coop. The coop was bought pre-made so this page is mostly about the run construction, which I did myself (with help).   I had been thinking about chickens for years and finally made off with some chicks from the feed store in late March. I had 4 to start with and planned to get a couple more in a few weeks when the breeds I was after were coming in. Here's the first batch (2 Australorps, an EE, and GLW) under the watchful eye of my dog. Luckily she has been a gem with the chickens this whole journey--I feel very... read more

Under-Deck Enclosure

  • by mc79

I have a raised deck at my house, and thought to myself, I'll make this one big run!  With 4x4 posts and California-style chain link fence around the perimeter of the bottom of the deck, we have made it completely enclosed.  My chicks now have 180 square feet to stretch their legs comfortably.         read more

Castle de Henne

I originally found the design for this coop on Home Depots website.  If you decide to download the plans, which are free, be careful when building it.  There are some mistakes in the plans.  Never being satisfied with leaving well enough alone I added my own custom touches to it.   Here is a link to the slideshow I did and uploaded to youtube.           read more

Kuini's Castle

This could be the greatest chicken run of all time! We got a new puppy, and the new puppy quite liked the chickens. Not in a malicious way, but she wanted to play with them. And dogs are dogs at the end of the day so I didn't want to risk puppy getting over friendly with the chickens. Cue project "New Chicken Run".......   Hope the girls are happy! They free range when the puppy goes to doggy day care :)   This is the old run.... just Omlet fencing and netting to keep the pigeons out.....   Stage one.... build the framework.....   We added an extra metre onto... read more

Agrowara Coop

    AGROWARA COOP - A Journey Building A Coop Without Experience..               I came across so many beautiful( i mean it) coops pics & great designs here in BYC that catch my eyes to come out with my own. At first, I was aiming building a 3'x4' coop size with 5'x4' for the coop run. I was inspired with the WICHITA "CABIN COOP" .  Not only that they have a nice build-up coop, they also got those lovely daughters  ....(ehemm..)..I mean their lovely flocks  ..... But then, I saw this StrawberryHouseMouse - The Hen Duplex which is more practical in my... read more

The Chilton-Octagon Coop

      My chickens have needed a new coop for a long time. I finally decided on a design and scratched it out on some paper and gave my poor husband the  task of building. We had pushed some trees down with our new Mahindra tractor and found someone to mill them. These trees happened to be aromatic cedar. So this was going to be an extremely posh chicken coop.          So we started of course with the octagonal base. We built it in sections and screwed them together. Each side of the octagon is 4 feet wide.         Then I covered it in cheap vinyl for easier... read more

My back yard coop

Here is my first chicken coop. Since we built it this spring we have added a roof to the run! I am in LOVE and so are my Hens!       read more

Repurposed, functional, and BEAUTIFUL!

Hello all! I thought I would share some pics of our finished chicken coop! It measures 20' X 12' and the frame is made from a ShelterLogic frame our neighbor gave us that was no longer wanted. Additional framing was done with pressure treated lumber. The base is railroad ties (also given to us) leveled with huge river rocks Nesting boxes are 5 gallon buckets with plastic screw on perches filled with pine shavings. The perches were just recently finished and are also done with pressure treated lumber. The flooring is 2 tons of sand which ended up being 2-3" deep... read more

Literary Chicken's Abode

  Our coop is an 8x8 shed style that we loosely based off of plans we found at familyhandyman.     My daughter has wanted chickens for a long time.  We found out we are allowed to have them where we live so we committed and ordered seven little fuzzballs to arrive in April.     My plan was to have an 8x8 shed and separate a section for us, and one for them.  They would have a 5x8 section of it, and I would have a 3X8 section for storage. We started with the decking. We put pavers under the shed, and attached hardware cloth before we put the floor down to help... read more

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