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4x8 Coop with Side Nesting Boxes and run door

By skeeter4488, Jan 22, 2013 | Updated: Jan 23, 2013 | | |
  1. skeeter4488
    Here's a video with a bit more detail than the photos:



    I started by putting 4 4x4 treated posts in the ground to make a 4'x8' rectangle.

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    Notice, I left the center piece of flooring to stick out a foot on 1 side. That is for the nesting box.

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    I actually made an annoying mistake during the construction of the flooring. I nailed the floor framing to the outside of the 4x4s rather than running them on the inside of the 4x4s to make the sides flush. It also threw my measurements off since I had the posts separated 4' x 8'. By making this mistake I made the coop 4'3"x8'3" which didn't allow my use standard 8' materials. Luckily, I needed more flooring anyway for the nesting boxes so I didn't bother changing it, but if you are planning to build a coop like this, I would run the floor joysts on the inside of the 4x4 posts.

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  1. ChickenJohnJr
    That is awesome! Thanks for sharing it.
  2. skeeter4488
    @BluesChicken,
    I have a short ceiling on the nesting boxes before the hinges for the door. If I could re-do this, I would simplify things and just have the hinges attach right to the wall and not have the little ceiling. The door would just start at the wall and slope all the way down the nesting boxes. But anyway, to answer your question, I did put exterior adhesive caulk to fill the gap between the wall and the small ceiling of the nesting box. I then applied more caulk to the back of my trim piece before screwing it to the wall. At the door, I have the piece of trim extending out past the top of the door swing about an inch or so. Since the door is sloped down, it should help keep rain out of the nesting boxes since the gap is tucked up under the trim piece. However, if it is windy during the rain, I'm sure it has a chance of leaking into the boxes some. The chickens should know to not stay in the box if its leaking, but if they do, no harm done unless it is cold. Then you risk frost bite. I will be posting an updated video of the coop as soon as youtube stops being dumb. It might answer some questions as it gives you a closer look. Hopefully it will be up tomorrow. Hope this helps.
  3. BluesChicken
    Beautiful coop!! Maybe you can help me with a question I have with my current project.
    Did you put anything above the hinge-gap on the access door to the nesting boxes? I'm not sure how to keep the rain from running down the wall (I use T1-11x4 too) and into the nests. Is that even an issue with chickens?
  4. celticgarden
    looks good!
  5. skeeter4488
    Thanks marxmail. The run is 24x8 if you include the section under the coop. I'm planning to add a few hens to the flock.
  6. marxmail
    Nice job.... that run is a great size for them.

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