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Looking for pictures of inside YOUR coops...

post #1 of 34
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I thought a thread with photos of how all our coops are set up would be really neat! Nestboxes, roosts, bedding, feeders/waterers, layout, etc. I will edit this post tomorrow with my own photos, but in the meantime, I'd really like to see how you all have things set up inside the coop for your older chickens! big_smile

post #2 of 34

Great idea.  I just converted a small shed and now see that the arrangement really isn't working.  I am going to have to shift some stuff around and would love some ideas before getting started.

post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 

Well, here's the inside of mine and my guys n gals enjoying their very first night in it!

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s165/4h_kids/chicks4weeksold001.jpg

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s165/4h_kids/chicks4weeksold004.jpg

I saw a post on the board somewhere about 'does a coop have to cost $1000?' so I thought I'd share our design and building material list to show that it really doesnt cost that much to give chickens what they need!

A little about our coop:

I use straw for bedding, and have a hanging feeder and waterer so rodents (hopefully) cant get into their food. We used plywood, 2x4's, and scrap wood for the construction, and it took us about a day to put the whole thing together. We converted the back end of our garage, and the coop now measures 6.5'W by 12'L and 8'T. The coop does not have a window, so for added ventilation, the wall we built is 4'T with plywood, and topped with 4' of chicken wire, held securley in place. This will give them good breezes in the summer and keep the coop fresh. For now while it's cold, we've hung a thick sheet of plastic loosely over the chicken wire to keep out the drafts, and it works wonderfully. We laid a long 2x4 as a roost and put it on a slant leading up to the nestboxes, so that even now they can easily hop on it.

We used 3 sheets of plywood (OSB) at $4.49/each, 4 2x4's at $1.84/each (plus the 6 or so older ones we had laying around for FREE!), part of a roll of chicken wire (50' for $5.29), heavy duty plastic sheeting ($3.50), plus nails, screws, a new saw blade, hinges (one for the chicken door, one for the side door I can throw the straw bales through) and latches all came to about $68. Then off to the feed store for another bag of feed ($9.29), a larger 3 gallon waterer ($10.49), a feeder that holds 15 pounds of feed ($11.39), and a large new garbage bin with locking top for storing their feed all came to about $42. Total cost for everything was just about $110.

We split (ripped..hub says its called...lol) the OSB panels down the middle so that we had 2 panels measuring 2'W x 8'L from each sheet (6 total). We built a basic frame using some of the 2x4's and screwed the OSB panels lengthwise to them, so that the "wall" measured 4'T. To keep them in and predators out, as well as providing wonderful ventilation, we attached 4' sections of chicken wire to the top half of the 2x4 frame completing the 8'T wall. We constructed 4 nestboxes, by making one 'big' one and then putting in deviders where we needed them. We made it so our boxes are each 14"W x 14"L and 12"T (on the sides and back) while keeping a shorter 'lip' on the front of the boxes using a 2x4. I'll try to get some better photos of everything tomorrow and post them here.


Edited by 4H kids and mom - 3/31/07 at 8:14pm
post #4 of 34

Here you go:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v307/tiffnchris/chickencoop007.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v307/tiffnchris/chickencoop005.jpg

Chris

post #5 of 34

4H...your babies look happy in thier new home. Might I make one little suggestion tho? Your hanging feeder...you might want to make some sort of cone for the top. As they get bigger, they are going to try to roost on top of that...everything looks great!! Congrats!

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post #6 of 34
Thread Starter 

Thats a good idea. I like that it has a rounded lip on the bottom so they cant stand there, but I never thought about the open top! A little cone out of paper should do it right?

post #7 of 34

Here is mine:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/slystr/100_0232.jpg

post #8 of 34

slyster, what size pvc pipe did you use and how long are they?  Also how do you have them tied down to the ground?  That's how I want to make my runs from my coop and altho I had the idea, I haven't researched the materials yet.  Thanks. BH

post #9 of 34

blossom hen,
they are schedule 40 1/2" 10' long pipes that bend to a height of about 4.5 feet high.
see my post GAH!!! to see how I made the coop.

post #10 of 34

Thanks Slyster!  I kept reading down thru the posts and found  it.  Good job.  My son is helping with the coop but told him I can do the run myself.  Bravely said since wasn't sure how to explain to him what I had in mind!

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