4 X 8 coop build

By Greg88 · Jan 4, 2016 · Updated Jan 4, 2016 · ·
  1. Greg88
    Lets see if I can make this work.
    some pics of my coop build.
    4 x 8 floor.
    1" ext plywood, Layer of insulation, another 1" exterior plywood.

    Framed for 36" left hand outswing door, 3 windows, chicken door, exhaust fan and vent.

    Walls sheeted and insulated.

    Ramp, window and vent
    coop exterior nearly finished. Need to tie it down and
    cover ramp to keep rain/snow from blowing in.

    Coop interior nearly finished (trim work) Walls and ceiling insulated.
    Walls finished in glassboard
    Roost, ramp, vent, and auto door.

    second, larger window (faces south).
    Plastic nest boxes, already productive.
    Grit and oyster shell on shelf by nests.

    feed, water, heater(s) to keep water/nipples from freezing (set at 40F)
    exhaust fan (on thermostat) for summer heat.
    Linoleum floor with drain if needed. covered in wood shavings.

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  1. Nardo
    "Really nicely thought out coop"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    Did you ever add a run? I like almost everything in this coop. You've thought of it all. It is a little pricey, but worth it, I'm sure.


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  1. Trefoil
    Well thought out coop,most seem to overlook the overhang on the roof which is important no matter what the climate is.
  2. Greg88
    12 is probably a little tight, more like 8ish
  3. TwoCrows
    Very nice!!
  4. Cheep N Peep
    12 in that same coop?
  5. Greg88
    Thanks, I will look for sure.
  6. liz72703
    Greg, I only have 4. I bought a swedish flower hen and buff brahma pullet from a guy in Highfill. Then I bought a French Copper Marans and a Wellsummer from Muddy Feathers Farm in West Fork. They are a top notch place and I'm planning to go back there. You could call him and get chicks for sure and I imagine he would probably sell you hatching eggs as well.

  7. Greg88
    Thanks for the comments all.
    Cheep - have 5 right now, looking to end up with around 12ish. Thanks for the suggestions as well.
    gotro - will have to go back and look at receipts. best guess off top of head, around $1,500.00, probably more,,,,
    Liz - cool, what do you have???? Looking for some laying eggs or chicks this spring
  8. liz72703
    Great coop, Greg! I'm just down the road in Fayetteville.
  9. gotro17
    Wow!!! That's awesome!!! Can I ask around how much it cost you to build(...considering your own free labor, of course ;))?
  10. Cheep N Peep
    Very nice! You may find that a fish tank heater works just as well for a nipple waterer without having to heat the whole coop. My waterer came with a hole in the top and a plug for filling with a hose, so the FT heater cord comes out through there and is taped in place. The tape also keeps debris out of the water. The chickens may not need the ramp until they are old and stiff, so try a few nights without it. Removing it would free up coop space and make it easier to walk around in and clean.
    You did a very nice job on your coop. It looks very sturdy and well thought out. How many chickens do you have?
  11. Greg88
    partial update added, finished exterior pics to come soon

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