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Playhouse to Chicken Cottage

Having converted an old dog house to a coop about a year ago, I wanted to expand our small urban flock to 3 or 4 instead of the 2 we have now.   My first coop (the dog house on a run i built) was tight and nowhere near tall enough for my girls to enjoy.   We began looking for coops and none were quite what we wanted.  We stumbled upon a playhouse at walmart one day that was on clearance.   As you can see below, we made a few modifications and allot of painting.   My wife saw another room to decorate so she slowly began adding interior elements while I was slaving away on... read more

Our 6x6 shed to coop conversion

We decided we wanted a bigger walk in style chicken coop. I am in no way shape or form a carpenter so I began calling all of the storage building/shed distributers and actually found this. It was basically a 6x6x8 storage building with egg boxes. It had been on their lot for over a year and was a little weathered so I was able to make a cash deal for a good bit less than the original price.     I am not an avid DIY person but I figured id give it a whirl due to the high cost of purchasing a similar one. I saved my self about $700 by going this route. This is... read more

Santa's Coop In The Blue Ridge Mountains

I wanted a "Jed Clampet" style coop.  The framing consisted of an old playground fort.  It came with a swing set, slides and monkey bars. The monkey bars are seen in the background. (a fun thing for them to play on during the day).  The ladder to the fort became the roost inside  The rest of the materials came from a real retired commercial chicken house.  i. e. the metal roof and the siding.  I decided to give them a screen porch (1/4" hardware cloth).  Feeder and waterer are located on the porch.  It has four nesting boxes.  It is still a work in progress.  I've... read more

Mini Hennebunkport

We loved the original "Hennebunkport" so much we decided to build a smaller version of it!  It could not be cuter, or more perfect for the size of our yard.  Our three little chickens love their swanky, palatial, digs.  The overall coop size is about 4 x 4 x 7 (approx) and the run is 12 x 6 x 4.  The roof on the coop, as well as half the length of the run, is tin.  The coop door was constructed from recycled barn-wood, found in a neighboring rural town.  The run door was made from bits left over from the coop door. The flagstone porch was an additional splurge, but we... read more

Southern Charm

I would like to say I had a well thought out plan in the creation of my coop. A design that began with careful reading, thoughtful discussions with others who had done it before, and consideration. But I'd be lying. Because I am the definition of all over the place. Really, with most of my life! This coop was no different.  Don't get me wrong - I didn't like randomly decide and say one day, "oh, I like chickens, and it'd be cool to have some".  The decision may have been sudden and totally caught family and friends off guard. But once I did make the decision, I... read more

Chicken coop tractor

I read a lot about coops before we built this coop.Actually my husband built this for me.We have a wood miser and he cut all the boards.Windows we got for free.I painted inside with organic paint as I am raising my chickens organic.I put a lot of thought into it to make it as easy as I could for me.Shingles were free from a friend,,, total cost was 250.00....... read more

Pollo Rancheria

    I first got the idea to own chickens from a couple friends of mine, Matt and Bill, who had some.  I hadn't done too much research but found a place nearby that was selling baby chics and I went out and got some. I got one of each breed the store was selling, a barred rock, golden sex link, rhode island red and a brown leghorn.   The brooder had already been set up using an old fish tank I had in the attic.  Once the the little gals were settled in I started to work building the coop.   Basically everything i found out about building a coop I learned on the... read more

Chicken Orangerie in Virginia

Plans for a large tractor coop to be built on the base of an old hay wagon. Under construction now. Dimensions= 14 feet by 8 feet. Rooster and Hen sides of Chicken Tractor   Front Elevation         read more

Sunny Side Hen House

My birthday present this year from my amazing fiancé were three sweet chicks that I have been wanting for sometime. Quickly we realized we could not stop at just three and added two more chickens to the group. At five chickens, Penny, Piper, Peep, Pecan, and Pepper quickly outgrown the prefab coop I had also received so we began construction on the new hen house.    We knew we wanted the new coop to be something that when we were out of town, primarily for our upcoming wedding and honeymoon, if our friend watching our house did not feel comfortable letting the chicks... read more

Hotel California

We started with a playhouse by moving the side panel under a window up to provide the chicken door and ventelation (which I covered with the same 1/2" hardware cloth you see in the door wondows. This is our finished 4X5 coop in our 6.5X10.5 run. The window on the other side has been harware cloth enclosed as well. The shutters close for night time protection and I slide a piece of plexiglass into the front door window on sooden runners for wind and preditor protection as well since their roost bar is at window level above a PDZ covered poop board PDZ poop board... read more

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