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The BYC forum has been the best source for info on designing my run and coop! I decided to use pier blocks for the posts (12" pier blocks with straps). I also wanted the run wide enough to use long handled tools and tall enough to walk comfortably. The exterior foot print is roughly 10' x 12'. The roof is about 7.5' tall in the back sloping down to 6.75' in the front. I used corrugated metal sheets for the roof, and it overhangs on all sides by about 16". There is about 3" of sand in the run. I used solid stain for the frame and started the build. I used 1/4... read more

New Simple but Secure Chicken Coop

Just started 2 weeks or so ago, and I only have a series of photos to annotate at this point. I will continue to edit as I can!   I didn't start with exact plans - I had a general plan in mind, similar to one my dad made in the 1980s when we got a few chickens from a friend.   In the barn I found a bunch of 1x3x12s, two 4x4x8s, and four 4'x8' 5/8" or 3/4" OSB - more than 1/2" though, and about 30 8"x8"x16" concrete blocks: a  good start!   First we had to clear the area. This is almost the exact spot my grandfather had his chicken coop more than 50 years... read more

Usseggsurprise's Chicken Coop

Launching the USS EggSurprise   Figuring Out What We Needed We had barely started thinking about a coop when the chicks arrived. All seven of them were shipped overnight in a box just bigger than a shoebox, so we figured we had a good long time before they'd be big enough to need a place of their own. Boy, did we underestimate how fast they grow. It took us 3 months to build the coop, and in that time they lived in a plastic storage container for a while, then in a small 3'x3'x3' cube mini-coop that I put together in the basement out of scrap wood. By the time the... read more

Shaggy's Texas Jail Coop

I had built a 4x4 coop during the Christmas holidays for my bantam Cochins and soon thereafter I was making plans for a new, bigger coop. At first I drew up plans for a 8'x4' coop but modified that design to a 8'x6' with an attached 12'x10' run. All of the exterior is hardwood pallet wood as well is the frame of the legs and floor. I added a 6 stall external nesting box that's accessible from the outside.     I framed it up in my shop then put it on my trailer . Nesting box and front added.   Started adding the siding (pallet wood).   The external... read more

Brooder for 20 chicks

Here is how I made my brooder:   #1: I built the frame for it. The outside dimensions for the wooden frame are: 4 feet wide, 5 feet long, 4 feet tall. On the front, (One of the 4 foot wide sides) I put a board lengthwise about a foot off the floor. I put plywood on it, except for the top half of the front. (Picture 1)     #2: Next, I cut a piece of plywood for the front. I screwed hinges onto it and put a latch on the top.     #3: I then put the wheels on the bottom, and they are lockable, so your brooder doesn't run away. The 2x4 across the top is to hang a... read more

Wichita Cabin Coop

WICHITA "CABIN COOP"                     Update, spring 2016:   Check out this great video clip of the time-lapse construction of a "Wichita Cabin Coop", as built by Andrew Kennedy of Mount Pleasant, SC.  Note that his build sequence (especially for the initial roof framing) is very similar to how we built ours.  Thank you Andrew for this fun and educational video!  :-) "Wichita Cabin Coop -- time-lapse build":       We have received a lot of requests for formal blueprints and/or... read more

The Little Cottage Coop

  This coop was a 4-week build.  I did most of the construction on the weekends, and worked on the smaller stuff during the week.  I have approximately $640 in the building materials, with an additional $160 in the lighting, lawn/paver patio, and antique replica door hardware.  Bringing the total up to $800 (give or take a few bucks)   I would like to note that I live deep in the suburbs.  The nearest "country area" to my home would be random almond orchards, and the closest one is 4.2 miles from my backyard.  With that said, I am not worried about predators in my... read more

My 2017 coop!

We've been planning this coop for a while now, and it finally happened! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! We started it about two weeks ago, but haven't been able to work on it because of all the rain we have been getting! It was crazy! We got the four main posts up with concert in the ground, and the basic layout of the coop Waiting a couple more days until it got dry enough and stopped raining, we got the floor put in! Apparently I deleted the flooring picture! Grrrr.... you'll see it soon enough. Aaaaand waiting a week 1/2 for the rain to stop pouring... read more

Coop-A-Cabana and Coop de Ville....Soo EggCited the ladies will be here next month!!

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"Hinkel Haus" made of pallets & recycled wood pickets

~ Sally Sunshine Poultry  ~            "Hinkel Haus" made of pallets and recycled wood picket fencing  From PA!   Hinkel is PA Dutch for Chicken btw!   DETAILS FOLLOWING Final coop Pics!     Mostly recycled materials for the coop, 2 paint colors and a sharpie, yup sharpie!   We have to finish our storage "step" under the front door to keep chicken treats, ACV etc. We will use a rubbermaid container for the inside and more pickets for the exterior of the step box! OH and some more purdy landscaping!    I cant stress enough how CHEAP AND EASY it... read more

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