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Another Harriet's House Coop

  1. dougwilson
    I followed an excellent youtube video documenting how to build a Harriet's House Coop.
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    The link to it is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBmHFxk0eUI. The video shows the size of all the pieces you need to cut. There are one or two size mistakes I found, just be sure to measure the lengths on your coop before cutting, and the details regarding assembling the laying box are a little sketchy, but it's easy to figure out. The video doesn't address the roof. I used an online home depot shed construction guide for the step-by-step roofing instructions.

    Here is my build...
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    First buy and haul the lumber into your backyard. Whew, that was heavy, but don't give up yet, the fun is about to start!

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    Build the frame for the coop and the chicken run.

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    Cut and mount the framing for the roof.

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    Create the hen house.

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    Make the laying box.

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    Make the hen house door and the lid for the laying box.

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    Paint everything, add hinges and door locks, attach roof base.

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    Glue down a vinyl linoleum remnant in the hen house to make cleaning easier.

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    Chicken run door.

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    A view from the inside as I'm about ready to staple on the hardware cloth.

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    Hardware cloth is all on!

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    Nail on all those roof shingles. Put cement pavers under the frame to raise it out of the dirt.

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    Screw on the ramp. Now we wait for the chicks to get bigger!!

    It took me 5 days to build this by myself. I probably could have done it in 4 days, but it was hot! This project taught me the value of a good pair of knee pads, and I'd never used a framing square that much before!

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