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Four-hen house with standing room

A brief timeline I began building my small coop the weekend of April 13, 2014, I picked up four day-old chicks on the 16th, and the coop was ready for them to move in 10 weeks later, on June 21.  It took me about another month to get all the trim installed, and I made minor alterations in the fall in preparation for Winter.     I had been kicking around the idea of keeping chickens for about a year, since my inner-ring suburb passed an ordinance allowing residents to keep up to four chickens.  I made up my mind and placed an order for the chicks from Meyer Hatchery... read more

Revell Coop

The coop is 10x12 and well insulated. The pen is 8x12, we wish we would have made it larger.  When my husband asked if I wanted a red metal roof, there was only one answer. Hell yes.    Then he asked if I wanted a porch. Yes, yes, yes! The pen wire is hardware cloth with galvanized metal lath wire dug down two feet. Nothing is digging under that.   We're (we means hubby) swapping the screen in the door with hardware cloth.   The coop has 4 screened windows to let fresh air in. Our mutt Pete on guard for opportunities to sneak into the pen to eat chicken... read more

Portable chicken coop with egg catcher

let me know if you want additional pictures. This has been quite a project for me but I am trying to utilize this system to rotate through the horse pastures. This allowed us to add a horse stall and have the chickens fertilize the pasture and break up the "Horse Apples" read more

Fence paling and corrugated iron chicken coop

Hopefully this will provide some inspiration for someone. We built this in our back yard in West Auckland. We have 6 chickens. Total cost of this coop was about $150 for the timber and screws. The corrugated iron was given to me from a friend replacing his roof. All other parts were collected for free also.   We get six eggs a day. We eat about half and give half away to our friends. Total upkeep time is:   - 1 minute a day to deliver kitchen scraps (worms in my worm farm are not happy to be missing out on the scraps!) - 2 minutes a week to clean the poop tray. - 3... read more

CackelBerry Farm

Ok I didn't use spell check and spelled CackleBerry wrong on the title. Not sure how to fix it but you know what I meant. It's almost done!!!!!  I have to explain the name.  Growing up my dad would make a yummy breakfast of pancakes and "cackle berries" (aka eggs- usually scrambled).  The name has stuck ever since.   I have been so excited all winter to post my coop on BYC and now that it is nearly done (needs the final touches) I wanted to share it with my fellow chicken lovers.   After one of our first big snow storms I was getting really antsy to start this... read more

The "Egg Factory"

Last fall my daughter showed an interest in raising chickens, so began the journey.............. I researched and learned a lot about chickens, and found this website and became amazed at all the different chicken coops! So i took a little of this and a little of that from a few coops that i liked and came up with my own design. I did not create any plans to go by and pretty much just designed it as i went along.  Since it was the beginning of winter i started the coop inside,  Everything was prefabbed inside, so it could be put together like a puzzle outside. The... read more

I'm new at this, however I'm no spring chick...

Well I have 6 little Black Australorps so ready to go outside! they are about 6 weeks old, nearly all feathers are in and they get a tad bit restless from time to time to leave the brooder they are in....I was going to do an upcycle type coop out of shipping pallets however they were harder to find around here then expected...any other time you would see them sitting in piles on the side of the road...it just goes to  show that once you need something it's no where to be found...So with only 3 shipping pallets to my name I knew I wasn't going to build much of anything... read more

8x10 Coop in CowTown

I never like to completely finish a one project before starting another... So with my barn not quite done I decided to order 20 chicks... now I'm building a coop to somewhat match to the barn.   The barn... The coop...   When complete it will be trimmed out to match the barn. Chicks are shipping 18 Feb so I guess I better get this thing finished up. read more

Portable coop trailer

I made this coop without plans and based on a trailer that I purchased from Northern Tool supply. After I received the trailer I found that I could have built it for 1/4 the price. here are some of the pictures out working ...........DID I SAY YAAAAAAAA!!!!... I did it:) read more

Grand Condo

I started with two coops, but I wanted something bigger to add to my flock and better utilize the space in the larger of the two coops. My original girls sleep on a roosting pole outside of the inner coop of the large coop, and my smaller coop was not being used at all. I want my new girls to sleep inside of the larger coop. So I had to make more room, not only for the original clutch but for the new clutch to be safe until they grow large enough to be integrated into the original clutch. I started with the run to connect the two coops, this gives them not only a safe... read more

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