Angiebs Fowl Play Chicken Coop

By AngieB · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. AngieB

    "No, we are not getting chickens," said my husband. But I am persistent. And also bribed him with a new flat panel HDTV. "All's I want for Christmas is a Chicken Coop!" I begged. So my construction hubby got busy. And I am completly blown away by the results! We spent all winter planning and researching, and could never have come up with such a great plan without! Hubby started construction in the garage in October of 2009, building the coop in pieces that could be assembled when the weather broke in the spring, just in time for our 12 little fuzz butts, who arrived by mail on my birthday, March 16th!
    All the beautiful and functional coops on backyardchickens inspired us, so I hope ours will inspire future coop builders too! We can't think of anything we would have done differently so far! But we're learning as we go, and my hubby said it's under full warranty.

    Foudation & Floor

      • 2-4x4x12' pressure treated lumber
      • 1-4x4x8'
      • 2x6 rim joists (outside boards)
      • 2x4 joists
      • 3/4 plywood (flooring)
      • Linoleum (Craig's list special!)
      • Pea gravel (4" deep under skids)
      • No posts, no concrete
      • Deck size 11'x11" long, 7'11" wide
      • Top of floor to ground is 16" (to keep dry and have some airflow)
    Walls & Roof

      • 2x4 Wall construction
      • 3/8x4x8 plywood siding sheets
      • Back wall 6'3" overall height
      • Front wall 8'3" overall height
      • 32" Overhang in front, 12" overhand on all other sides
      • 2x6 Facia with 2x4 rafters
      • 1/2" Plywood for roof
      • Rolled roofing
      • 3 pitch roof angle
    Inside Coop

      • Walls and Ceiling insulated (for Michigan weather!)
      • Walls and Ceiling covered with 1/8" white board
      • Wired for 2 lights - one on switch, one on timer (for short winter days) - and two outlets
      • Motion sensor light on front of coop
      • 2 perches 8' long, with 8'x22" poop board
      • Storage area with slanted roof (to keep birds off)
      • Metal garbage can for feed on wheeled board for easy access
      • 1x6 on edge to keep wood shavings away from entry door and storage area
      • 3 nesting boxes 22" off floor (to gain more floor space)
      • 2 Nesting boxes are 12" wide and one is 14", 14" tall at front opening
      • Deep litter method
      • 2 2'x5' Windows covered in hardware cloth on each end
      • Transom Window on front for extra light
      • Hinged venting on all sides, hardware cloth, with pull cords for easy opening/closing (magnetic closure)
      • Weather stripping around entry door and nesting box door
    Outdoor Run

      • Size: 21'x9'
      • All constructed with 2x4 pressure treated lumber
      • Double row of 2x4s for bottom perimiter
      • 3' Spacing for studs to match 36" roll of hardware cloth
      • 2x4 Facia all around upper perimiter
      • 2x4 Rafters spaced at 24" on center to accomodate corrugated pvc roof panels
      • Ripped 2x4 to 1/4" to cover wire on studs and door
      • Door size: 32" wide x 76" tall
      • Door wood is ripped down to 2 1/2" wide to save some weight

    This shows the deck with skids, and I am starting to build the first wall, using the deck as a size template.

    Deck sitting directly on ground with pea gravel under skids. No posts or concrete. Linoleum went on next before adding walls.

    Typical 2x4 wall construction. (studs 16" on center)

    Finished Coop!

    Storage area.

    We ended up putting litter on the poop board and adding another perch after this picture.

    You can see the chicken door which will head out to the outdoor run that's not there yet.

    Nesting boxes, with access door to the front of coop. I plan to add a little curtain to give the ladies some privacy. [​IMG]

    Hinged, weather-stripped egg door!

    Pull cord design for easy opening and closing of the vents, with magnetic closure.

    Framing of the outdoor run.

    Roof panels installed with fasteners with rubber bushings, silicone used between overlapping panels. Drip edge on facia.

    One panel on - many more to go!

    Pull with plyers, staple with airgun, then add screw and washer about every 8" (to keep predator proof)

    All done!

    Happy chickens venturing out for the first time!

    Go girls, go!

    Happy kids, too!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. FlyWheel
    "Nice coop"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Feb 28, 2019
    And nicely made. Isn't it great having a DH that knows which end of a hammer to hold?
  2. Wendy Case
    "Really nice coop and run!!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Feb 26, 2019
  3. Nardo
    "Great coop and run"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Feb 26, 2019
    Great job building this really nice coop and solid run.
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  1. cstronks
    A great setup and design! Looks awesome!!!
  2. ypease
    My husband was the same way. I didn’t bribe him, I think I just eventually wore him down. Now, he can’t imagine life without the girls!
  3. judyki2004
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  5. Beth the chicken mama
    Very Nice, it looks you will have some really happy chickens.
  6. Eggscaping
    Oh. My. Gosh. You know, if I could hire your amazing husband to come out where we are moving to and build that beautiful, jaw-dropping coop/run for us, I would. But he's married, so attempted seduction wouldn't work, you're probably an excellent cook, so offers of food wouldn't work, hmmm.
    Does he fish? We are going to be living 4 blocks from Ten Mile Lake and they hold bass-fishing tournaments there...
    Other than that, I'll have to just look enviously at your pictures and gnash my teeth in avarice and jealousy!
  7. PNWJewele
    Too bad the writer of the article AngieB has been inactive on BYC since 2012. Excellent coop and love the run.
  8. feathermania
    Beautiful!! We are going to add those panels to the top of our run this summer. Right now, 1/3 of our run is covered with metal roofing, the rest just has wire over to the elements and the uncovered part of our run has had lots of snow and mud in it.
  9. path.otto
    This is great!
  10. mmerriman
    beautiful - my only comment would be to either bury some hardware cloth in the pen, or put in a floor. critter have dug in for my girls...
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  11. N F C
    A coop for Christmas and chicks for your birthday...can't beat those!
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  12. Ducksandchickens
    Very well done! That’s a beautiful coop!
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  13. Joe Rampata
    Great job, like it a lot.
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  14. acro1010
    Wow! To go from a no to that. It's truly love. Nice coop.
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  15. Beyond Yonder
    Angie I am trying to build my run. I also would like to know more about the run. Did you fasten the boards to the ground somehow? Please explain more about how you built the run. thank you
  16. Goldencluckacre
    Nice job! Really enjoyed all the pics and the thorough materials list! I was hoping to ask a few questions regarding your run: How far did you dig down to place the 2x4's? Did you bury the hardware cloth to prevent predators from digging? And is there anything that your would change about your design? Thanks!
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  17. ducklingsweety
    cool coop! i might get one like that
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  18. cheri87
    Wow! Very nice job. We plan on converting an old playhouse with a great existing structure. You gave us some really good ideas. I especially like the magnetic closure vent covers and drop door access to the nesting boxes. We currently keep our feed in a metal garbage can but think we may steal your castor idea for easy filling and feeding. Thanks so much for sharing!
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  20. Linnies ladies
    This is the best coop and run I have seen. Thanks for sharing.
  21. bigjakeduck
    Great looking coop and chickens!
    We are starting ours tomorrow. We are modifying an existing shed for our 2 Polish, 2 silkies and 1 black frizzle! Can't wait to get them in their new home!
  22. DebbsHereNow
    I love it! I forwarded to my hubby....I want him to add an outside encloseure like your to our coop! Thanks for the idea!
  23. Mattemma
    Great coop and run!
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