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Finished New Coop with Pics

post #1 of 7
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Hi All,

 

It has actually been a few months since I finished my new coop, but I figured I would post some pictures of the coop that I built with help from my wife.  It is based off of the country acres coop on here with some modifications (including enlarging the coop and run). Let me know what you all think.  I'll post some pics of the inside of the coop next time I go in there.  Thanks for your help/advice when I was looking for designs earlier!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 7

Impressive.  Very well done!

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post #3 of 7

Looks like you've built a cute functional coop.

 

One thing I'd look out for out of my experience is that the open square top run will get very muddy very fast!  

I've posted my own experience on http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/cottage-playhouse-plastic-chicken-coop

 

I'm not sure where you are, but you'll want to at least cover the run with a tarp or build more pitch into it as you've done very nicely with your main structure.

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Originally Posted by The Lazy L View Post

Impressive.  Very well done!

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by bluema View Post

Looks like you've built a cute functional coop.

One thing I'd look out for out of my experience is that the open square top run will get very muddy very fast!  
I've posted my own experience on http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/cottage-playhouse-plastic-chicken-coop

I'm not sure where you are, but you'll want to at least cover the run with a tarp or build more pitch into it as you've done very nicely with your main structure.

Thanks for the tip. I was worried about the same thing and was considering putting a corrugated plastic roof on the open square area (and I still might). I live in southwestern Connecticut near the water and we get a decent amount of rain here, but so far the area dries out pretty quickly (thankfully). And somehow the girks don't seem to mind going out in that area even in the rain haha. I am a little concerned about the snow though. Oh well... Another project haha....
post #5 of 7

I'm in TN, but I've lived in New England area for several decades to know the climate. Even if you have great drainage, as long as water gets in the run, you'll have mud issue with the grass gone. I'm absolutely sure you'll find out soon enough....

The problem with mud is that besides the mess, it allows mud poop balls on chicken toes to build up eventually, and I had awesome experience trying clipping off hard poop balls over and over again so that my girls could walk properly again! :sick

 

Luckily yours is a small attachment, so it's easy enough to modify. You might want to keep that one to use as a future brooder run.  

Definitely make it bigger, and definitely with slopped roof. 

You might also want to consider using paving stones underneath the woods as I've done with my coop/run, or you'll find your ground contact wood rotted quicker than anticipated.

post #6 of 7

Very nice looking little coop.

post #7 of 7

very good looking coop. Like everyone said, I would also put a roof or tarp over the run.

 

Good Luck!

The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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