1 Day Chicken Coop

By VA-Chickener · Oct 1, 2015 · Updated Oct 1, 2015 · ·
  1. VA-Chickener
    I built this coop in about 8 hours with some old and new landscape timbers, 3 1/2 sheets of plywood a friend from work gave me, thanks Brian, screws and a chicken transport box my neighbor gave me, Thanks Ty.

    This shows the platform for the box. Notice the chainsaw, this was a precision build, :p

    Placed the box on the platform.

    Precisely cut the posts for walls and Roof.

    Roost made from old landscape timbers. Also notice the ventilation holes in the door of the nesting boxes.

    Girls already checking out the new pad.

    I put a decent pitch on the roof to keep the snow from piling up too much. I also kept potential drafts to a minimum due to the winters here in western VA.

    The opening on the bottom is the doorway for them to get in/out.

    I plan on adding some sideshields to the roof/nesting box, and protecting it with some paint.

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  1. CCUK
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    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 16, 2018
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  2. SimplyLivinthatFarmLife
    "1 Day Chicken Coop"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018
    I enjoy reading about anything that can be built in a day when it comes to the chickens or any of my animals for that matter. Would you consider building a ramp to help them get into the coop? The ladder seems a bit scary for chickens, but they are smart animals. Loved the step by step pictures of the build. Would love to see the coop after paint is added. Good luck and thanks for sharing!


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  1. Snow bunny
    Sorry about the spelling, the keyboard on the iPad is not responding too good. It's good that you will give that a go. Post if it works for you ok.
  2. VA-Chickener
    I will have to try that, only one is going up as of right now.
  3. Snow bunny
    Just another thought. To get them up the ladder, put a bit of food on each step. Chooks love eating.
  4. Snow bunny
    Either get a false egg or even a golf ball and put it in the nest box. Also, put something tasty for then in the boxes, so that they get the idea. I did this with mine and ow they lay where they are supposed to. Good luck
  5. VA-Chickener
    So far so good, although they are laying on the ground inside the coop, they are not using the boxes. I will have to work on some tricks to get them laying in the boxes.
  6. Snow bunny
    My chooks sleep in their nesting boxes even though they have a tree to roost in. Nothing unusual in that.
  7. Snow bunny
  8. Cheep N Peep
    Won't the chickens try to sleep in the nest boxes?
  9. Snow bunny
    Really good. You have done well to keep the chooks warm and dry. Hope all goes well through your winter.
  10. Snow bunny
  11. CLSranch
    Nice. Amazing what you can get done my just doing it.

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