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7 Heavenly Hens GARDEN coop - a home for urban chickens

By Sam3 Abq, Nov 7, 2014 | Updated: Nov 7, 2014 | | |
  1. Sam3 Abq
    Our coop design is based on the Wichita Cabin Coop - with slight variations to overall dimensions. Dimensions of the enclosed, covered run are 13'-4" x 5'-4" and the hen-house measures 5'-4" square.
    We're located in Albuquerque, New Mexico (zone 7b) .
    The coop will be sufficient for 10 hens but for now we have 8 pullets (each a different breed).
    The metal roof is used to harvest rainwater and store it in a 55 gal. barrel.
    Both the feeder and waterer are made from recycled 5 gal. buckets.
    Right now for the 8 laying pullets, we have 2 nesting boxes that are both used - a 3rd box is being used for storage .
    Our Urban Homestead Facebook page has lots of photos and explanations for lots of things happening on our micro-farm if you're interested in taking a look; https://www.facebook.com/pages/7-Heavenly-Hens-GARDEN/232405806922947?ref=hl
    ~Sam

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    We chose to paint the frame of the coop white to match our fencing. And then picked some complementary colors for the hen-house, the pop-up door and the nesting boxes.
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    In the foreground is our DIY waterer - 3 nipples are under the bucket. In the background you can see the feeder; again a DIY job that has 3 sewer elbows that provide access to their feed.
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    Here's the white, pristine ramp - it changed color pretty quickly ! You can also see the sand we chose to go with in the run. We mix sweet pdz and DE in it on a regular basis.
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    The hen-house has 2 roosts that are placed above a poop-board which is filled with sweet pdz - it takes 60 seconds to scoop up the droppings daily.
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    We placed large flagstone slabs around the perimeter for predator protection. Two large windows provide lots of ventilation for the hot, dry summers we have in the Southwest.
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    A little branding logo for our urban homestead - 7 Heavenly Hens GARDEN.
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    Then hen-house has tile linoleum for easy cleaning and wood chips as bedding material on top of that. Although there are 3 nesting boxes, we currently only use 2 - the 3rd is used for storage of garden tools and dried worms ;)
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    The rain barrel on the left is used for rain harvesting from the metal roof of the coop. There are 2 compost bins in the left/foreground which get daily contributions of droppings from the chickens.
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    The orientation of the coop and it's roof provides maximum shade in the summer for their run.
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    Here are some of our girls. We have 8 different breeds in our 1st flock; Australorp, Barred Plymouth Rock, Cuckoo Maran, Easter Egger, Rhode Island Red, Golden Buff, Sicilian Buttercup and a Silver Laced Wyandotte.
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    Our coop is the main attraction of our GARDEN. We are also beekeepers with a Warre bee hive and grow vegetables, herbs and have a variety of fruit trees too.​

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  1. Purpletie3
    This is super cute! I love the lively colors....I haven't painted mine yet...I wanted some funky colors too especially to cut the drear of our winters!
  2. Sam3 Abq
    Thank you CharMac76 - no complaints from our pullets yet ;)
  3. CharMac76
    Your coop is gorgeous! I love it!
  4. Sam3 Abq
    Thank you Theegoliath ! The whole family has been a part of it all - a true family affair :)
  5. Theegoliath
    Great job, and great mini farm! : )

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