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I thought since BYC has provided so much information for me, I thought I would share our coop build with the community. I hope it gives someone some ideas. We also appreciate any advice and input we can get as our project progresses.

 

We decided, after about of year of research, that we were going to get chickens. We are getting 8, all egg layers.

 

I have done an enormous amount of research on the past couple of months trying to decide if we should buy a coop kit, just build our own, what size, etc etc. I am sure you all can understand the amount of information that's out there can be a bit overwhelming

 

I decided on building my own as I felt we could customize it, make it any size we want, and after reading so many bad reviews on premade kits, I knew I could build one better at a cheaper rate. I decided on a 4x8 coop so that I could use full sheets of plywood and I knew it would be comfortable for the birds. I also decided on a pitched roof so that we could add some height.

 

I started the build this past week. We built the frame on 4x4 posts and buried them about 12in into the ground then filled it with cement. We get pretty high winds here, so security was a concern. From there I framed in the walls using pretty basic construction. We added a window on each end, a large swing door for clean out and access, and a nesting box. I didn’t follow any plans, just had a basic idea of what we wanted.  Like I said, I have watched alot of videos, and read alot of blogs. I took what I liked from many builds and tried to incorporate them into ours.

 

I am very happy with the progress. Most of the building is finished. Still have to finish the roof, which will metal roofing mounted on plywood. Then the detail work, finishing the windows, painting etc.

 

Once the coop is finished, we will be building the run. It will be a 16ft x 8ft run. We will completely secure it with hardware cloth. But that will be a project for another weekend. I will be updating this thread with more pictures as we go along. Please feel free to ask any questions also if you have any advice from your own experience, I’d be happy to hear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 4

Doesn't look like you'll have eave openings, from the way your end rafters are.....

but that, combined with gable vents, is one of the best ways to vent a coop in harsh winter climates.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #3 of 4
I bought one but feel it's too small and would like the freedom to customize. Thanks for sharing!
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Great job. Thanks for making it look easy. Can we get plans & dimensions if possible?

I made my own as well following home depot creative mom.

Here his linkhttp://blog.homedepot.com/free-plans-for-an-awesome-chicken-coop/

I made a mistake by making the nesting box cut angles 30° like the coop cuts, when it called for 20° on nesting box. Now I'm stuck there since it doesnt fit.
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