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      Because I work Mon through Friday, the time I was able to spend on this project was limited to weekends (weather permitting).  Prior to starting, I spent a lot of time researching and talking to friends who have chickens to try and come up with a plan we would be happy with in the long run.  This picture was taken after the first weekend.  At this point, we had the framing complete.  All of the materials used for the floor were pressure treated, as they will likely come in contact with moisture from rain as well as chickens.  The walls were constructed with... read more

Wichita Cabin Coop at a Mile High

This spring, my neighbors brought home 5 terribly adorable australorp chicks. Our county had recently passed an ordinance saying anyone not in an HOA could start their own mini chicken farm - WOOT! I had been researching keeping chickens since the neighbor mentioned it in passing the prior summer, but I was still on the fence about whether I could commit to any more creatures (we have 4 dogs, a bearded dragon and a huge reef tank). Watching those chicks grow the past few months and reading up every (and I mean every) post on BYC, I realized there were a whole lot of... read more

our first attempt in building a bear proof coop (or hopefully a bit more secure)

we started framing with plates on both sides to make secure joints,  and we had no set plan just thought this would be nice and all fell into place.  My wife and I enjoyed our joint project, she had suggestions and we tried to make it happen.                                     read more

Nanaimo Coop

We borrowed the idea from the California coop on this website  A concrete outer foundation with an inner 1/4 wire mesh floor covered with sand was used as a floor Our Columbian Rocks  use a "poop blanket" underneath their chicken roost .  The blanket is emptied every morning into the compost.  Sand is used for an inner bed through out the coop.  The poop can be emptied much like a cat litter box.  So far no smell  :) The nesting boxes are on the side of the hen house.  A carabiner is... read more

Pallet Ritz

So, I work at a school co-teaching 3 and 4 year old special needs children mixed in with general ed. Summer started and I was completely bored. I have had chickens before(every Easter) but never for long term. I convinced my husband I needed a project for the summer and he agreed to 5 chickens... I started collecting pallets off Craigslist for the wood and doing research on coop needs as well as chicken breeds. You can never learn to much. I quickly learned pallets are not easy to break apart and borrowed a chop saw from my wonderful neighbor to finish cutting the... read more

With left over materials diy'ed our leg horn home accept the fencing

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Self buit coop/shed conversion

Hi everyone,   I have a large shed at the bottom of my garden and have converted about a third of it into a coop for the winter months and for when we have excessive bad weather. The shed is approximately 13'X8'.   This is how it started out...     I bought some cheap wood and some off cuts of plyboard from a timber merchants and sectioned off a third of my shed by building a frame for my winter coop in the left hand side.          I used some thick, rigid wire mesh for the window to allow ventilation and built a door with two sliding bolts to keep the coop... read more

DIY Chicken Coop From Reclaimed Wood

  Here is our backyard chicken coop we made using reclaimed wood we got for free off Craigslist and from pallets.   read more

Barnaby's Bird Barn

This 28 sq ft semi-permanent coop can have wheels attached and be moved, but it's unlikely to go anywhere as it's heavy and the chickens free range. We have 14 chickens, 8 (20 weeks old tomorrow) from two local feed stores and 6 Heritage Birds (~ 18 weeks old) from P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm in AR. We love the automated door and chicken feeder and water system, all thanks to info on this forum. The poop deck and house flooring is filled with Sweet PDZ, food grade DE and a little sand. Man, I'm really lovin' this method of sanitation. While we really wanted to... read more

Freecycled pallet coop

Discarded pallets, corrugated iron roof, floorboards and bookshelves. All found in the street, with friends or online. About $100 (Australian) on hardware supplies and the help of some good friends! A car full of old floor boards and hardwood. A basic shape out of the pallets.. Bookshelves that a neighbour had thrown out. The nesting wing taking shape Corrugated iron walls on the upstairs level A bit rough but the roof taking shape The roosting bar was an old curtain rail (I think)   A bit of decking oil to protect it from the rain... Needed... read more

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