Hi all, just about to finish up construction on our coop for our 4 new girls, Figured I'd share. I didn't realize at the time I was building a Wichita type of coop, I wish I had, the plans would have made this go faster :p I just googled chicken coop pictures, looked at one and decided to wing it.
I've been woodworking off and on for a good portion of years, I've done some light construction and home projects, but this was the biggest thing I'd ever done.
We love our new house, but would like more back yard, so we may look to move in a few years, so I decided to just dig in and level cinderblocks for a foundation instead of building forms and pouring concrete. I regret that decision mightily. Leveling blocks in soft, wet Oregon dirt sucked.
Finally done though:
Basic frame leveled up:
Roof structure and coop floor framed:
Painted and framing done:
Roof on, nesting box built:
All that's left is to put up the paneling, build a door, attach hardware cloth and build a cover/hatch for the nesting box. There's a few things I'd do differently, mostly build their run bigger since we have some vicious hawks in the area and after talking with our neighbors, looks like the chickens have to live in their coop/run almost all the time.