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Building a chicken coop from free pallets: By Judy I am fortunate to live near a vinyl siding company, and they stack stacks of pallets outside that are free for the taking. These aren't the same as the pallets one normally sees at feed stores, etc. However, if you are lucky enough to live near a siding company, perhaps they will be giving away their pallets, also. Hubby doesn't care much for chickens, so I decided to build myself a chickenhouse. I took apart approximately 200 of these...
Maurice, The Car Chicken Coop (A note from the BYC Staff: If you are visiting us and don't yet have chickens please visit our how to raise chickens section to see how fun and easy it can be!) Michael Thompson lives in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, and has just finished converting a dead 1970 Morris Traveller into to a hen house and four ex-battery chickens now call it home! Michael (who is also a 1970 model) explained "I was looking for something a little unusual to make into a hen...
Playhouse Chicken Coop: By Dennis This coop was designed to satisfy the esthetic requirements of my neighbors who were naturally concerned about living next door to a chicken keeper. Images of Grapes of Wrath surely were conjured. After Backyard Poultry ran an article in their first issue, I began receiving requests for the plans and other how-do information. I then hired a draftsman to put together the drawings. [click on any picture below to see the large version] Original Size Coop...
The Chicken Village!
The Kreitz Family "Poulet Chalet" Submitted by Steven, Mary, Ben, Joe and Josh Kreitz in Rosemount, MN Here is my "creation" for the 5 chickens that my family "inherited" from my kindergartner's class in May. The class watched the chicks hatch, but they grew far quicker than the teacher expected, and so they magically "appeared" on our doorstep one Thursday morning! We knew nothing about raising a chicken, so your site was very helpful early on. Really! We kept them in the laundry room in a...
Monica's Chicken House [ click any image to enlarge - use your 'back' button to return ]
Building the Clutch Hutch Click the picture for the Clutch Hutch Gallery We began our coop construction in the fall of 2005 after I was bitten by the chicken bug. The goal was a simple building, using a large percentage of recycled or found materials, but one that looked similar in style to the storage shed we had previously constructed not far from where the coop would be located. It had to be tall enough to walk into, and easy to clean with nests that could be accessed from outside. It...
Don B's Coop The concept for my coop started out as a chicken tractor. I had looked at some pictures online, and started designing an elevated coop. I had no idea that it would end up being too large and too heavy to move around the yard! So, to begin with a picture of the (almost) finished product, here is what it looks like: The main structure is formed by 4x4 uprights placed 6 feet apart. The floor is 2 feet off the ground, and the peak of the roof is nearly 7 feet high. I put two...
Chicken Tractor Submitted by Kim in Tulsa, Oklahoma Here are some pictures of my tractor. It is 4' x 6' and has one nest box. It is covered over the nest box and over 1/3rd of the run with metal roofing, which is held on with wing nuts and can easily be undone and lifted up. It has shade cloth over the other 2/3rds (to be replaced with tarp in the winter), which is also "hooked" on, and can be easily lifted up. It has a cross bar to attach a hanging waterer to and the feeder will go in the...
Chicken Tractor Submitted by Marcher19 from our message forum for more info on this design please send email to [email]EDLUP@hotmail.com[/email] Basic size: 4'L X 3'W X 3'H, Pen 8'L X 3'W X 3'H The basic dimensions are 3ft wide by 4ft long - the front is 30" high and the back is 36". The legs are continuous and used as part of the whole frame. The pitch of the roof is about 10 degrees. NOTE: If I had to do it over again I would pitch the roof reversed so the water runs off the back. I framed it out with 2...
Woodcliff Solar Chicken House We had been thinking about getting chickens for a quite a while (to eat the hords of grasshoppers, make better compost, and EGGS), so decided to order chickens from a nearby state chicken hatchery. We received 13 Silver Laced Wyandotte's in early June and as each day passed and they grew bigger, we knew we needed to get that chicken house built!! We started building in July and just finished the end of September. This coop was built entirely from recycled or...
A Real "ChickenHaus" Submitted by Deena in Fremont, Indiana You won't believe this one - an authentic "chickenhaus"! Note the Dutch doors and the little chimney! About the bottom picture - it can't ALWAYS be that clean....can it?
Jon Adams submitted by the Adams' family in Redmond, Washington We decided to build a combination shed/chicken coop in our back yard. The biggest requirement by my wife was that it be 'cute' and match the look and feel of our house. My requirements were simple: I wanted plenty of room for my lawn equipment and garden tools, and ample space for about 10 chickens. The end result was a 10' x 14' stick framed building with a pitched roof that would match our house in shingle material and pitch....
Patrick Keating's Home Depot Conversion Submitted by Patrick Keating - Surrey, Maine My name is Patrick Keating and my chicken coop resides in Surry, Maine. This chicken coop and pen was my own "build as you go" design. I found an "assemble it yourself" double wall vinyl tool shed at Home Depot and converted it into an easy to clean, high tech coop. Total cost of materials: $1200. I did all of the construction myself. The coop includes a thermostatically controlled exhaust fan,...
Tami's Coop Submitted by Tami in Pennsylvania "My husband and I built it attached to an existing dog pen. I figured out this coop design so I could basically hide it from folks going past the house (it faces the fields behind our home). Plus the windows in the front help keep it warm inside, they face west. They have plenty of shade to stay cool in the fenced area too. This coop houses only two cockerels at this time. It really isn't big enough for to many chicks. The outside dimensions for...
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