A Frame Chicken Coop Created From Picture Online

  1. Lhillstad
    After 17 years...we decided to moved back home to Colorado. I was so excited to 1) slow down from the fast paced life we had been living and 2) raise chickens. When I walked into the Big R Supply Store my heart raced...there they were...baby chicks. It would have been smart to build a coop first, but patience has never been my virtue so I bought 8 of them and made a make-shift home for them in my enclosed front porch.

    Now to build a chicken coop. There were hundreds of ideas for coops on the internet. My husband and brother said they were willing to build it for me, however, my job was to pick one I liked. Deciding on the type was time consuming but finally I chose an A-Frame style. My reason for the choice was ease in construction. Shade would be provided under the coop and I just thought it would look cool. This coop was similar to those on the internet, but I did make a few minor adjustments.


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    The coop required 4 sheets of OSB plywood, and 8 foot 2x4s. As you can see from the pictures, we made doors on the side to open for the nests. Inside there is plenty of room for the roost on one side and the nests on the other. Underneath the coop provides shade during the heat of the day, and during the cold days, we've enclosed the space underneath so the girls can get out of the elements. The nests are inexpensive plastic tote boxes from Walmart so they can be washed out easily when I clean the coop.

    My Easter Egg pullets wouldn't be ready to lay until February, so I decided to purchase six laying hens: three Buff Opingtons, and three Speckled Sussix. Although the run extends out from the coop, I could see the pullets increasing size and the hens overbearing nature was requiring me to look at increasing their floor space.


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    This was solved by building another A-frame without a coop then build a walk-way between. They love it! Now when I'm ready to build another coop, I'll simply build an A-Frame and connect it to the A-Frame run.

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  1. Lhillstad
    We do have predators as we are near the river bottom, however the coop is close to the house, so they haven't had a problem....yet. I think they get their fill from the numerous rabbits around the property :-/.
    The one change I would make is to put a taller board in front of the nests....then they don't push the nesting material out of the box and seem to keep it cleaner. When cleaning the coop, we pull the shavings out and push under the coop to keep that area warmer. We did take plywood and cover the bottom to keep cold air from blowing in under the coop. The birds like to stay underneath during the day when the cold wind is blowing.
  2. Overoberyl
    This looks great! Have you thought about predator-proofing? Chicken wire does not stop racoons, and I'm guessing in CO you probably have predators larger than that as well... Really love the design, most of the A frames I've seen seem claustrophobic but this one is nice and roomy!
  3. Susique333
    I have been looking for an A frame that was sizable and could hold more than a few chickens AND have a nice sized run. This is perfect, you really did a great job!
  4. Joe Jordan
    Simple and effective. I like it!

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