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Coop construction, Wichita type, mostly.

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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.

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This looks really similar to the coop that I started on last weekend! I'm going with the cinderblock base as well. Are you going to add anything else to protect against digging predators? I keep debating about adding a flat hardware cloth perimeter as well as the blocks. 

post #3 of 9

Looks great!! Nice work.

Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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This looks really similar to the coop that I started on last weekend! I'm going with the cinderblock base as well. Are you going to add anything else to protect against digging predators? I keep debating about adding a flat hardware cloth perimeter as well as the blocks. 

 

I forgot to take a picture of it, but there's another 2" of hardware cloth around the outside edge of the cinderblocks.  That should give us enough protection in suburbia.

post #5 of 9

Sounds like a good plan! We're in a similar situation but I know we have opossums and raccoons around. 

 

Do you have any finished pictures? I'm sure the new residents love it!

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Sounds like a good plan! We're in a similar situation but I know we have opossums and raccoons around. 

 

Do you have any finished pictures? I'm sure the new residents love it!

Work goes very slowly unfortunately, but I should be wrapped up in the next few days.

 

 

I got quite  a bite more done after this today, hardware cloth is almost complete, just a couple of sections left and the main coop door for cleaning has been cut and is drying.

 

Oregon rain isn't helping speed this up either :p

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Pretty big update today.  one little bit to paint, 2 hinges to add and a couple of panels left to put up hardware cloth, but once that little bit is done, she's finished.

 

We moved the girls into the coop this evening to help them to start to acclimate to it, I'll finish up the hardware cloth tomorrow.  Biggest project I've ever taken on and other than one or two minor things I'd change, I'm pretty proud of this structure.

post #8 of 9

Love the colors! You did a really nice job :)  What are you using to attach the hardware cloth to the beams? Would you mind sharing what the inside of the coop looks like?  Sorry for all the questions!

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Love the colors! You did a really nice job :)  What are you using to attach the hardware cloth to the beams? Would you mind sharing what the inside of the coop looks like?  Sorry for all the questions!

 

I'll take a picture of the inside tonight.  For the hardware cloth I went with lathe screws, they have a wide top and hold the cloth down well, one screw every 4 - 5 inches or so, very secure.  I'm going to buy some furring wood to cover up the cut ends of the hardware cloth so no one pokes themselves.

 

These are the screws: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Teks-8-x-1-in-Phillips-Fine-Zinc-Plated-Steel-Truss-Head-Drill-Point-Lath-Screws-170-Pack-21528/100119273

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