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UPDATED: My coop for "A French Hen" - The Run 2

    Almost complete. I don't think it will ever be completely done though. Chicken math plus when I see a better working system of some sort I like to try it out. I also have plans to add some kind of fenced in area to allow a more controlled free range for times when I can't pay enough attention to the yard. Then there are landscaping things too. For every one thing I accomplish I think I add two more to the wish list! Lol.   1/18/2015  Edited to add materials and plan sketches and information: I sketched out the existing coop and run area and the new run. I... read more

Boom Goes my Budget

After growing up with chickens on the property for the first half of my life, I was ready to have chickens again in my mid thirties. My wonderful wife agreed to a budget of $500 to build a coop and it began. I searched many different coop designs on this site and decided to copy Birdicus7's coop making a few changes. (a link to his design is below) My dad is a retired carpenter so was very helpful when it came to making changes to the original design to save time or... read more

Mart Coop

  Well, I am finally going to document our coop build.  We took a lot of design features from The Palace and Lake Norman Coop DeVille - thank you both for documenting your builds so well. We are new to raising chickens.  I got the bug from listen to friends who raised chickens.  At first I didn't get the hype, but I did love the idea of having a steady supply of fresh eggs.  Then I ate a farm egg... that had me sold!! We did a lot of research - how much area does a chicken need?  What do we want in a coop? We spent a month constructing the coop after the "Master... read more

Here A Little, There A Little

Here A Little, There A Little, Sometimes One Shoestring, Sometimes Two   - the short story of Biddiquack's long Poultry Adventure on Wild Orchid Hill     A Little Shed with a lean-to behind stood just a stone's throw away from the back door of a country house on Wild Orchid Hill.   “What a perfect place for lawnmowers!” exclaimed the man of the house. But little Biddiquack had other ideas...... Gathering scrap lumber, insulation, and old shower stall parts, she set to work with a few power tools.   Oh, sorry I got carried away – you probably just want the... read more

Ybor Chix - Coop On A Budget

  I set out to build a coop using as many re-purposed materials as possible. Almost all of the structural pieces came from pallets that me and my Chihuahua "Dingo" found by scrounging behind stores. The materials that were purchased were pretty low cost. Total spend was somewhere between $150-$200. The ventilation windows on front and the doors on the right side that access the nest boxes all came from Habitat For Humanity at $5.00 each. The interior is composed of all sorts of odds and ends and the siding was left over from the home remodel. As for "design" just... read more

Lady Cluck's Work in Progress Coop

Hi Folks! Building my coop was an adventure! (And it still continues to be...) I'm not ever officially done- in fact, I do some sort of addition to it every year. Always fixing or improving the design of something or other. Isn't that life?  I'm located in central Maine, where temperatures can range near 100 F during summer and down to -30 F in the winter. We often get over four feet of accumulated snow, which can get quite heavy and difficult to deal with.Looking back to when I first started out, everyone advised to plan- plan for the future in what you might need. I... read more


  It's been quite an adventure getting a coop ... originally I ordered a custom coop from a local builder who specializes in them. It was supposed to be delivered the last week of October. A couple months and waaaaay too much drama later, he totally flaked and left me in the lurch with a brooder full of 10-12 week old chicks! It was Christmas week and I was in a panic. After making more than a few calls (to a lot of businesses that were closed for the holidays), I ended up on the phone with the guys from THE CHICKEN GARDENER and they were horrified at my situation and... read more

My Kozy Koop!

I got the brilliant idea of building a coop this summer! Having no carpentry or chicken experience, my husband chuckled.  I figured I could do it in a weekend but I spent every weekend and evening for 3 months.  The husband was impressed  and so am I actually!   I went into it knowing I wanted a hutch style coop for silkie chickens.  It is fully insulated 4 x 8 hutch with a hardware cloth 12 x 12 hardware cloth enclosed run.  There is full electrical with 2 outlets inside, a bathroom ceiling fan for ventillation & an outside light.  In our harsh Canadian prairie... read more

Our [Cheap] Log Chicken Coop

  Our [Cheap] Log Chicken Coop 2015 Chicken coop design contest   - - -   This is my first post on this site so please be patient and hopefully I do this correctly! I thought I already posted about my coop but as I can't find it, I likely didn't succeed! Here is attempt number two!   BACKGROUND INFORMATION My parents moved from the beach to a five acre hobby farm in 1998 and one of the first things my dad did was to order 100 day old ring-neck chicks and build a pen in our garage until they were teens and then he made a large outdoor run with a pre-built shed... read more

Myrtle House

The most unusual thing about our coop design is that it is built above a 1,200 gallon cistern which fills off the coop roof and the garden shed roof next to it. Since the plastic tank isn't strong enough to hold the weight of the coop, the first step was to surround the tank with four inches of reinforced concrete for the coop's foundation. The windows in the front are old retail display case tempered glass in aluminum frames and the larger windows on both sides are salvaged from a remodel of my own house. The human door is such an odd size I had to start from scratch... read more

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