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Our Super Coop is nearly complete.  Tim papered the roof. 

 

 

Put on shingles and siding. 

 

 

Installed ventilation

 

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And then it was time to work on the interior.  The exterior won't be painted til Spring. 

 

 

He put in a shelf that covers most of the area above the coop half of the structure.  There are ventilation gaps on either side. 

 

 

Here you can see the ventilation. 

 

 

Now it's time to install the roosts and section off the two sides of the building.  At least temporarily. A major winter storm was moving in so we had just a couple of days to get it done. 

 

 

The area over the coop will be for storage. 

 

 

I stapled up some kitchen towels to cut drafts from the windows until I can fix a permanent solution. We attached only one of the permanent roosts, a 2x4 8ft long board that runs from the east to the west walls. Then we added a few secured boards for more roosting areas until we can get the other two roosts installed. The storm was bearing down on us, so we had to hurry.  

 

 

The ramp is way too steep, we'll have to figure that out later.  The girls spent the first night in their new coop and after some stressful maneuvering for a spot on the roosts, they all settled in nicely.  We hadn't cut the door into the run yet, so they were going in and out thru the door I will be using to access the coop from inside the shed. I can't wait to not have to bend over and struggle inside a tiny coop just to get to the eggs, much less clean it.  Plus, when it's raining, I won't have my lower half getting soaked while my upper half is in under the coop roof.  I'll stay nice and dry and will be able to visit my girls for as long as I want.  It might even be nice to listen to the rain on the roof. 

 

 

Here is my access door.  It's an old storm door we picked up at Restore.  The bottom and the top sections of the glass window have screens.  The glass can move up or down to expose the screen and add to the ventilation.  We had to fix the walls with tarp until we have time to build the walls with wire and a nice frame.  Until then, this helps them keep warm and keeps them out of Tim's boxes of screws.  

 

 

I brought my patio chair inside the coop for Kris.  She loves to sit on that chair, and I thought that would make her, being a turkey and much larger than the others, more comfortable and avoid any power struggles on the roosting bars until we can get her permanent roost built.  It takes up more room than I wanted, but, it will do for now.  She is getting accustomed to sharing the coop with the chickens.  It seems to be working, so, fingers crossed.  We cut the coop door but we haven't attached the cabinet door we will be using on it, so, we brace a board against it at night to secure the coop.  I put the nesting boxes (buckets) on either end of the coop, and after some first day jitters, they are all laying their eggs in their new home. 

 

 

Four bags of pine shavings so far, I think I need at least two more to achieve the depth I want. 

 

 

 

 

And then the snow came.  We had barely pushed the old run against the back of the coop and attached the tarps when it started to get cold and wet, and the clouds were looming.  We plan to make the finished run almost twice as long and a bit wider, but, this will have to do for now.  Of course we keep a path shoveled for them to get around to their favorite places in the yard, and to find some grass here and there.  The snow fell all night, and by morning we had six inches on the ground and more still coming all day long. The girls were none too happy about it, and spent most of the day either in the run or in the coop.  I'm so glad they are able to move around the coop so freely.  That was my goal for them when the weather was bad. 

 

 

 

 

You can just make out my buff orpington, Tikka, watching the snow fall from the safety of her nice dry run.  

Next up, the finishing touches. 

 

1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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post #22 of 30

Coop looks great. Looks like you got it done just in time too!

post #23 of 30
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Coop looks great. Looks like you got it done just in time too!

Oh yeah, just barely in time.  The girls are so happy to have a big space to hang out in no matter what the weather, and they love having their covered run back again.  I know they're going to spend a lot of time in there, even more when we expand it and add some perches and stuff for them to hop on.  I'm loving having room to move around in the coop and a people size door to go in and out for gathering eggs.  I can just walk in and visit my girls, give them so attention.  It's nice. 

1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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post #24 of 30

I can't wait until I can cover my run for them!

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I can't wait until I can cover my run for them!

Ours isn't permanently covered, it's just a super heavy duty tarp over the run framework.  We're hoping it holds up this winter so we can focus on a more solid cover when the weather is nice.

1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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post #26 of 30

Great...steep pitch to the roof. I didn't always live in southern NM (..also Quebec, Canada).  Possibly add a tad more ventilation near the top?  You can make it "closable " for the coldest part of winter.  

 

Very well thought out, and constructed, coop.  Two thumbs up, from southern NM. 

 

Kudos. 

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post #27 of 30
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Great...steep pitch to the roof. I didn't always live in southern NM (..also Quebec, Canada).  Possibly add a tad more ventilation near the top?  You can make it "closable " for the coldest part of winter.  

 

Very well thought out, and constructed, coop.  Two thumbs up, from southern NM. 

 

Kudos. 

Thanks

 

We actually left the eaves open for additional ventilation.  So far, it's been working really well.  I have to give all the props to my dh, Tim.  I guided him on what we needed, but, he did the whole thing.  

1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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post #28 of 30
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The Super Coop is working out great.  We had hurricane force wind gusts yesterday, and while the run (which is only temporary until the weather clears and we can make a permanent run) was nearly collapsed by the storm, the coop stood firm and solid.  

 

We added a stone pathway from the house and patio to the coop door and the run entrance to cut down on the muddy trek to gather eggs everyday.  

 

 

Morticia our Austrolorp is checking out the tidbits she found on the new stones. 

 

 

View from the Super Coop. 

 

 

The girls trying to figure out this new addition to their yard. 

 

 

This is Fort Chicken Hawk.  I moved an old playhouse we had been using as the turkey coop over to where the girls like to hang out.  They use it like a fort, so, that gave it the name.  If it rains, or the sun gets too hot, or when a plane flies over, they all run inside or run under the old patio umbrella I have set up next to it to give them places to find shelter when they are away from the coop.  

 

 

 

Once the weather warms a bit more and there isn't quite so much sloshy mud my plan is to dig under each stone and set it in place so that it is flush with the ground.  Then I'm going to paint the edges with glow in the dark paint so we can see the pathway in the dark.  


Edited by teria - 2/19/16 at 2:49pm
1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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post #29 of 30

Indeed a SUPER COOP,  your husband did a fantastic job.  Too nice for chickens to live in and poop all over.  Hope you will continue to post more when the weather is better. I'm hooked on your posts and need to see and hear more.

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post #30 of 30
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The Super Coop is almost done.  Just need to finish building the new 8' x 18' run, attach the automatic solar door, the porch step on the front, and raise the nesting boxes off the floor and into exterior mounted and accessible boxes.  Next year, I'll add solar lighting and a work bench for the shed side.  

 

1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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