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Completed coop in less than 2 weeks

post #1 of 8
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We decided to make the entire coop out of cedar. Originally, it was going to house 4 hens, but after construction, we wanted a total of 6 girls.


Framing out the sides




We used the kreg jig for attaching the frame together




Tongue and groove for the siding and the roof


Framing the nesting boxes


Ramp door


Planter on top of the run


Nesting boxes






The door to goes to the ramp








Ventilation holes




Moved outside. My husband made a door that opens down.


The floor is covered with linoleum flooring that we found on clearance. It is also removable for easy cleaning. It just slides in and out.





Finished product. We originally had the hardware cloth on the botton, but took it off after getting our hens. They have the freedom to have fun in the run.


Auto waterer


Horizontal chicken nipples


They all like the top roost


The drain hose attached to the Planter to prevent stagnant water.


The drain hole. Our coop is slanted to drain to one corner. I used marine grade epoxy to attach a plastic liner around the drain hole.




I used this as a liner to prevent breakdown of the plywood underneath.




I used rock as the bottom so the water trickles down to the drain




The last thing to do is add more soil and to fasten the plastic to the top of the 2x6 frame.


Made in the USA


The girls are providing us the goods

1  Black lab, 2 German Shepherds, 1 toddler.

 

6 hens: 

New Hampshire: Delilah. Red Star: Ginger. Black Star: Maggie. Brown Leghorn: Queen Elizabeth (Liz). Easter Egger: Lilly. Easter Egger: Bertha Mae. 

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1  Black lab, 2 German Shepherds, 1 toddler.

 

6 hens: 

New Hampshire: Delilah. Red Star: Ginger. Black Star: Maggie. Brown Leghorn: Queen Elizabeth (Liz). Easter Egger: Lilly. Easter Egger: Bertha Mae. 

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post #2 of 8

Nice work! :thumbsup

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by RonP View Post

Nice work! thumbsup.gif

Thanks! Pretty proud of the work husband did. He said if he were to do it over, it would have been cedar framed and plywood for the sides.

1  Black lab, 2 German Shepherds, 1 toddler.

 

6 hens: 

New Hampshire: Delilah. Red Star: Ginger. Black Star: Maggie. Brown Leghorn: Queen Elizabeth (Liz). Easter Egger: Lilly. Easter Egger: Bertha Mae. 

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1  Black lab, 2 German Shepherds, 1 toddler.

 

6 hens: 

New Hampshire: Delilah. Red Star: Ginger. Black Star: Maggie. Brown Leghorn: Queen Elizabeth (Liz). Easter Egger: Lilly. Easter Egger: Bertha Mae. 

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post #4 of 8

Pretty nice!

 

Might want to hinge the access door on the side...doesn't look like it drops down far enough to get close enough for easy access?

 

Where'd ya get that skelter?....never seen one like that before.

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 #5 of 8

Very nice... 

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Pretty nice!

Might want to hinge the access door on the side...doesn't look like it drops down far enough to get close enough for easy access?

Where'd ya get that skelter?....never seen one like that before.

I asked my husband why he chose that design...he said he didn't even think about it. We may eventually change it to open to the side.

I found the skelter on Amazon! The eggs don't roll easily, but it works with a little help.

1  Black lab, 2 German Shepherds, 1 toddler.

 

6 hens: 

New Hampshire: Delilah. Red Star: Ginger. Black Star: Maggie. Brown Leghorn: Queen Elizabeth (Liz). Easter Egger: Lilly. Easter Egger: Bertha Mae. 

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1  Black lab, 2 German Shepherds, 1 toddler.

 

6 hens: 

New Hampshire: Delilah. Red Star: Ginger. Black Star: Maggie. Brown Leghorn: Queen Elizabeth (Liz). Easter Egger: Lilly. Easter Egger: Bertha Mae. 

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post #7 of 8

Amazing!!! @SWoRN I wish I were as good a wood worker as your husband.  That's really very nice!

Please see our coop and farm here

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1082178/building-a-chicken-moat-run-around-the-garden-in-stages

 

Our flock currently, 3 buff orpingtons, 3 barred rocks.

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Please see our coop and farm here

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1082178/building-a-chicken-moat-run-around-the-garden-in-stages

 

Our flock currently, 3 buff orpingtons, 3 barred rocks.

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Originally Posted by aart View Post

Pretty nice!

Might want to hinge the access door on the side...doesn't look like it drops down far enough to get close enough for easy access?

Where'd ya get that skelter?....never seen one like that before.

I asked my husband why he chose that design...he said he didn't even think about it. We may eventually change it to open to the side.

I found the skelter on Amazon! The eggs don't roll easily, but it works with a little help.

Yeah, some things you end up 'field designing'....or RE-designing.

Thanks, I like that skelter because it exits on the opposite side from most others I've seen.

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."

Reply

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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