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Chill's Chicken Coop

​ We decided to get chickens, earlier this year, and a few weeks ago (early June 2016) I realized it's time to build them a coop to get them out of the garage. I have no prior experience with building anything this complex, but I felt confident I could do it. I didn't have any formal plans, just a basic drawing how how I wanted it to look/function. I basically just made it up as I went.   We don't have a ton of space around our property, but even more importantly, we don't have too many ideal locations. The spot we chose is shaded by sumacs and a poplar in summer, and... read more

The Condo-Coop

Welcome to our coop, brought to you by Dad! This coop just got a giant addition added, but there are no pics of it yet, just construction pics.. Here is the coop!!! This is the entire coop. It can fit up to around 16 chickens. This rock wall and planter were built from rocks we had growing out of the ground. This is the outside of the henhouse part. It has a door for easy cleaning, and shingles, so cute! Here is the inside of the henhouse. This was the other henhouse. It was a bit smaller, and hardly anyone used it. Now we have a new one in our huge... read more

Log Cabin / Cordwood Coop

 Like many, I started with just a couple chickens.  Each year I get a couple more and I don't think that will change any time soon.  With that in mind, it was time to upgrade my little coop.   My original Coop ~~> This project took several months simply due to gathering materials and trying to construct this after work or while watching my 2 yr old.  Much of the materials I was able to scavenge, I to try keep my costs low.  This took basic carpentry skills.     I started by laying the foundation on... read more

The Habitat Hut (Re-used Furniture Coop)

In The Beginning:For years I've wanted chickens, but it wasn't until this past winter I found out I could actually own chickens in town.  So this is my little thread about what I'm doing and what its costing.  To begin with, I wanted to keep the costs of this venture as low as possible.  I like the idea of getting better quality eggs, but I hope to get my return on investment sooner rather than later.  With that in mind, my first stop was the local habitat reuse store where I found two desks that look just like a small house.  Like they were meant to be.  They are also... read more

How to turn a Playhouse into an Enchanted Chicken Coop

First we want to thank everyone who has posted their stories of building their own coops and how they upgraded existing ones, we couldn't have completed ours without your help.   To save money and the desire to have an attractive new chicken coop to replace our ratty old and smaller one lead us to purchasing a Playhouse from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore store. Even though the Playhouse was missing parts and sections were damaged, we paid 1/4th the cost of a new one.   Here is a picture of it once we got it home.   First we had to build a platform to support the... read more

First time builders!

I had a plan, an item shopping list priced out and all my research done! Sadly my husband does not work like that!!!  Designs are figured out in his head and materials purchased as needed.  To keep our marriage a happy one, he is refusing to tell me how much the project ended up costing us :) The whole coop is 6x4 and will house 6 Golden Comets and 2 Bantams.      At this stage I could not picture what he was going for!   We must have used hundreds of screws on this project!  Not one single nail...   Thank God our 15yr. old has not started Football yet!... read more

The Scandin-Avian Coop

This is a mid-sized coop, built for about 6-8 occupants. It's insulated, and designed with easy maintenance in mind. Above the egg-boxes there's some storage-space. The whole back wall can be opened up to easily scoop out all the litter. The perches are located right in front of this door to allow for just cleaning under them. There's also a maintenance door, to which the feeder and waterer are secured. This way they just fold out and are easy to refill. Everything inside the coop is easily accessed from the outside.   Also check out our rabbit pen, the Nordic Hare... read more

Alaskan's Smaller Coops

My big Chicken Coop Complex is on this page:   My Free Bantam Coop is on this page:     This page is for my two small coops, the about $8 Muscovy Coop in my orchard, and the Pond Coop that came with my house (also known as my extra coop to be used for poultry overflow).     My Muscovy Coop          A lady with gorgeously colored Muscovy put them up for sale, I bought them, and so had to build them a coop too!  And quick!  The new, slapped... read more

My Coop Journey

Alaskan's Chicken Coop Complex (I made a separate page for my Muscovy Coop and Overflow Poultry Coop: and my free Bantam Coop: ) (Cold Weather Tips are at the bottom of this page And here is a full article on cold weather coops: ) (The picture above is how it looked before the door was repainted) (The picture above is a stage two picture) (Here is a picture from summer 2015,... read more

One Woman, One Saw, One Week

In a few days, I'll be getting some laying hens from my sister along with a couple of Guinea keets! Since I didn't have a chicken coop, I had to design and build one (by myself). It's been an interesting process for someone with very few tools and very little clue as to what she was even "doing"! There are some pretty elaborate "hen houses" out there on the Internet (complete with mood lighting, restrooms, skylights, and snack bars - or so it seems, lol), and while mine could have been "better", I'm still quite proud of it! I thought some of you might like to see... read more

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