A Frame Mansion

By ChuckManhattan · Jun 12, 2012 · Updated Jun 12, 2012 · ·
  1. ChuckManhattan
    Okay, so it's not really a mansion. This was my first attempt at building any type of structure, much less a chicken coop. I bought a few chickens (Rhode Island Red I think) from a friend and decided to build them a coop with scrap wood I had on my land. Almost 100% of it was built with recycled materials or items I had on hand. I paid a total of $9 for the hinges. It originally started as a basic A-Frame coop, but them turned into a 2 story coop after I decided that there wasn't enough space for them in the A-Frame. there are 3 nesting boxes with a hinged door on the back. The lattice wood piece on the front has a hinge that opens up and allows me to get inside, and the ramp to the second floor also has a hinge that allows me to pull it up so that we can move the coop around our property. I used 2x2's that I cut from 2x10's, 2x4's, random pieces of plywood and fence wood, and a piece of tin roof that blew off of our old shed. I would still like to like to put a window or something on the back of the coop, maybe above the nesting boxes. This is my first time raising chickens so we will see how it goes. Thanks for looking.


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  1. mrs_organized_chaos
    "Resourceful repurpose"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2018
    I love that this was built from scraps you had on hand. Would love to see the plans for your original design as well as some interior pics. I can’t quite imagine how the two stories are utilized.
  2. 21hens-incharge
    "Well done."
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 5, 2018
    I really like that you saw the need for more space. For being made of reclaimed materials it looks sturdy.


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  1. ChuckManhattan
    Thanks for the comments! I realized that the chicken wire was a bad idea when my smallest chick started running in and out of the coop since she could squeeze through the holes. I plan on removing the chicken wire and replacing it with some wire mesh eventually. I don't want any racoons to get in, that's for sure!
    Does anyone have any opinions or suggestions for a window? I'm not sure if I should incorporate some other type of entry/window to get in the hen house. I also read somewhere on this site that it's good to have a glass window for the winter months.
  2. judyki2004
  3. TX4ME
    hey guy - looks great! hope I can get together some of the scrap wood I have and make something similar..like the collection box for the eggs.. good luck
  4. Roxannemc
    Nice job ..Better than my first attempt for sure
    I really REALLY like the weather look of the old wood.
    The chicken wire though ..Ppl on BYC discuss this before, chicken wire versus hardware cloth, and it seems chicken wire wont be strong enough to keep out a racoon
    I know its found stuff and hardeware cloth isnt that cheap and who wants to spend lot of money on chicken coops... Not me....but sadly we do .

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