Backyard Coop

By wagnerg, Sep 23, 2012 | Updated: Sep 23, 2012 | | |
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  1. wagnerg
    This is our new Chicken coop and below are some of the pictures I took during it's construction.
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    After several days of reading and research I began the build for our backyard chicken coop. It's most similar to the Wichita chicken coop but has some ideas taken from many of the designs on Backyardchickens.com. Considering the size of our backyard, I decided to build a coop of 8'x8' for 5 chickens. Once my wife and I had the location picked out, I started with the foundation. I had alot of cinder blocks already available and wanted to eventually go with a deep litter method so I built a simple square wall as the foundation.
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    Next came the predator barrier. I used hardware cloth and cemented it to the edge of the wall. Raccoons and skunks are the largest predators we have to worry about so I think this should work well enough.
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    Then came a layer of top soil.
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    With the foundation in place, I next built the frame. I decided to just glue this to the cinder block. There is little wind in this part of the yard so this should be more then sufficient to keep the coop in place.
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    Looking carefully at the pic below you can see the glue between the wood and the cinder block. Every joint was screwed together. There is not a single nail in the whole coop.
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    Once the basic frame was in place I did some staining.
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    With the frame in place I started on the coop itself.
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    and the roof.
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    I got some cheap linoleum for coop floor to aid in cleaning. The coop door and some windows are beginning to take shape next. The coop door would be string operated from outside the coop.
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    I also started to layup some of the hardware cloth for outer walls.
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    Next came the nesting boxes.
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    And the back access door for easy cleaning.
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    Her is my daughter helping with the staining. [​IMG]
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    Nesting box walled up now with a hinged lid. I add some trim and painted it green.
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    There are two large windows screened with hardware cloth and top vents above the coop door and cleaning door.[​IMG]

    Back cleaning door and top air vents visible here:
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    Nesting boxes are trimmed a little on the inside. I just like the way this looks. It give a more finished appearance.
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    Nesting boxes are lined with linoleum easy cleaning
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    And a cleat to allow for flushing out with water.
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    Next came the coop door ramp. I was worried about the height of this ramp. If it was a straight shot down to the ground it would have been very steep. I decided to split into two with a landing in the middle. I covered it with left over composite roofing material. The chickens would prove to have no trouble using the ramp.
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    Ramp as seen from floor of the run and more hardware cloth on the walls:
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    The roof I covered with simple composite roofing shingles. More hardware cloth seen here as well. The cloth is always sandwiched between 2x4s after being stapled to the inner 2x4.
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    I added a short barrier at the base of the cleaning door to keep the pine shavings in when the door is open. You can also see the roost bar running diagonally inside the coop. It is not stained for easy visibility.
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    Another view of the ramp.
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    A view from the right side. At the far left of the picture you can see the pull string for the coop door.
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    Every Chicken coop needs a front door knocker!
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    Front door finished and hung. A rock path goes around all four sides of the coop.
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    Now all we need are some chickens! More pictures can be see here at my website.

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  1. wagnerg
    Here is what the coop looks like after a few years of use:

  2. Peloton
    I really like what you did with this and will probably use this as a basis for our new coop. Good work.
  3. RezChamp
    Nice. I kind of envy people that take there time to make things so pretty yet practical.
  4. ChickyChickens
  5. Wyandotte 123
    how much was it to make that
  6. RavenGemini
    I'll be "stealing" your flooring ideas! Coops looks amazing!!!!!!!!
  7. Henna56
    very nice thanks for sharing.
  8. Ms Jellybean
    Nice! You gave me some new ideas for the coop I am going to build.
  9. SteveinDallas
    I may consider going to back to my coop and raising it off the ground using cinder blocks like you have shown. My base is pressure treated wood that sits on the ground. After removing a pressure treated swingset from a brother-in-laws house last night, I was surprised to see the deterioration of it's pressure treated base...... good ideas to take from all of these posts. Thank you.
  10. LindaSmith
    Love it! I've been looking for a chicken door ornament, yours is perfect.
  11. Ms Jellybean
    Very nicely done! Thanks for posting this.
  12. aljeffers
    Awesome coop.
  13. Nevaschickens
    Bookmarking this for future refrance... It's a beautiful coop! I am gonna try to get my dad to replicate it.
  14. chickwhispers
    Very nice coop and run! Like the rock path all around. That is what I am planning to keep the mud down. Awesome job!
  15. Cheepskate
    Very nice. Alot of hard work and it paid off. Thanks for sharing.
  16. AlanMc
    Very Nice. Looks like one I may copy in the future.
  17. applegal
    Congratulations - very attractive coop!
  18. theoldguy
    Pretty fancy coop, good job to you :)
  19. MamaDoodle
    Very neat, thanks for sharing it!
  20. TXchickmum
    Very nice coop!!!
  21. Nutcase
    Very very nicely done!
  22. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the Chicken Coop Picture of the Week. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  23. suebee
    Very Nice!
  24. Whittni
    Looks good.
  25. wagnerg
  26. deb004
    Hi have you got the measurements and materials used in detail?
  27. judyki2004
    Wonderful job! So cute & neat!
  28. Joe Jordan
    Wow! It all looks so fantastic! You are blessed with great talent.
  29. Tammy N
    2 thumbs up
  30. emarketwiz
  31. coolcanoechic
    Very well done! It looks safe and secure and solid!
  32. TROPIC HENS
    I hear ya...very well done!
  33. wagnerg
    Thanks for the kind words. The hen house is 3 feet off the ground, while the door is another 6 inches higher then that. It is little higher then many i have seen but I wanted it to be easy to clean underneath. My old back only bends so far!
  34. The Old Yolks
    Very nice. Love the door knocker. Job well done!
  35. TROPIC HENS
    Wow! You did a great job! That's pretty much the same thing I did with the bottom of the rum. I layed out the hardware cloth and poured cement on the inside and outside edges. The only difference is that I extended the hardware cloth under the brick pavers. How far off the ground did you make the hen house?

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