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Barnyard Peeps House

  1. Barnyard Peeps
    At the beginning of this year I started kicking around the idea of having chickens. I had some experience when I was a kid with chickens, (mostly bad because of a mean rooster) but other than gathering eggs I really had no experience. I found BYC and was hooked. As I searched the site for coops, I realized I wanted a larger coop (based on chicken math and sound advice about the addictive quality of this new endeavor). My design centered mostly on Saf101's and CoopDelisle's designs. Without step by step instructions I was a bit intimidated to begin such a robust project, then the local farm supply place chicks arrived. I knew we were sunk as soon as the kids and I discovered the little peepers. Sure enough, a couple days later we were proud owners of 5 Buff Orpingtons.... and no coop. I watched a lot of YouTube construction videos and enlisted (with a new tool bribe) my DH as foreman. We purchased a framing nail gun and construction began.

    Some of my favorite essential design features are the large windows on each side for great cross ventilation, nesting box accessibility from the outside, the sliding barn door and the poop deck for ease of cleaning.

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    Completed Coop- 8'x12', enclosed run 8'x14'


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    "The start" we added more cross bracing, but I didn't get a pic before we put the floor on.


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    Made two of these for side walls.

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    All the walls up

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    Roof rafters on! I have a newfound deep respect for construction workers and roofers!

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    Siding/roof osb/ posts for chicken run in. You can see the chicken door to run and small ventilation window here.

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    Painting, painting and more painting and trim install, and MORE painting. Painted inside and out.

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    Installed linoleum and plastic shoe for ease of cleaning (this works great by the way) and the poop deck with linoleum in the bottom of it as well. Makes it easy to scoop out the free fertilizer. The roost was mounted above the poop deck (see pics below)

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    Windows built from scratch, which I'm obviously very proud of :) I never used a router before...
    Installing the nesting boxes

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    Barn door done! The xpen is because at this point we've added more chicks! 5 Ameracauna's and 5 Australorps the Orpingtons are about 1 month older than these babies so we kept them separate until they all were about the same size.

    At this point most of the construction was complete. Just a bit of finish work, more painting, a cover for the run etc. The chicks were so happy to settle into the big house.

    Next steps are: (not in any particular order)

    Convert to sand for litter
    Finish the run top with a more permanent cover for winter so they can be outside when it rains.
    Add gutters and rain catch barrels
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    Plant some flowers around the coop


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    Total headcount- 9 hens, one laying daily and 2 more coming along, we get 3 eggs daily pretty regularly and in another couple of weeks, I think the rest of them will catch up.

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    "the girls"

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  1. Barnyard Peeps
    Punk 00 -The coop is working amazingly well, its about 10 minutes a night max to check on them, gather eggs, double check food and water and close the coop up for safety. The poop deck cleanup once a week takes an extra 5 minutes maybe? And since we have the poop deck the total clean-out of the litter is less frequent. I'm really pleased with the design.

    The girls us the stairs to walk up and most fly down, some hop on one or two of the steps then fly the rest of the way down. We did use heavy gauge steel wire cloth on the openings, that worked out great for us. The only things I would add at this point is an inside automatic waterer and a back coop auto door so they can be closed up at dusk if we aren't home until after dark. We have 13 girls and get about 8-10 eggs a day and every once in a while 13!
  2. punk00
    How is your coop working for you and the peeps? Do they use your stairs or just fly up to roost? That's what mine do, but they do take a midway pause. The Americana really fly high. I was thinking that you should use heavy gauge steel wire cloth. I don't think that you mentioned what you were doing. Excuse me if you did!
    punk
  3. lilbeastpdx
    Love this. So classy and elegant. Thank you for sharing!
  4. Barnyard Peeps
    Punk00 - Thank you so much for your kind words. The nesting boxes are just under 12" squares, there's a total of 6, but the dominant hen keeps switching it up so they are squabbling about what boxes to use. The inside diameter of the coop is approximately 86"x86"x 100" just under 8ft square box with a taller roof. The roost runs the width of the house in the back so just under 8 ft wide. Same with the poop deck, just a couple of 2x4's with a bottom board that run the length of the back and rest on top of the cross bracing for the nesting boxes. Both the roost board (a 2x4 sanded smooth) and the poop deck are easily removable for cleaning. I used a 2x4 hanger sideways to hold the roosting board in place, just squeezed it a little tight for the install so I could get a tight fit for the roost board and it wouldn't wiggle on the girls.

    Big windows get closed at night, the little one in the upper back stays open most of the time. Summer nighttime temps are in the 50s here. Coop stays cozy most of the time. The whole project took a solid 2 months, I underestimated the amount of painting that it required :) Seemed like for a while there I was just painting trim boards every day!

    The barn door and sliding hardware are hand made too. Used a Kreg-jig to attach the door boards (1x6's) together and the outside trim boards(1x4) help keep it unified also, then stain and poly. The door handle is just pipe, assembled then painted black. The sliding door hardware itself was a little more complicated, but not any harder than anything else we tried. Check out this guys instructions for inspiration on that. http://www.epbot.com/2013/03/make-your-own-sliding-barn-door-for.html (One tip for the hardware, make sure your hole for the pulley is a low as possible so you don't run over the spacers on the back side with the folded over flat bar) I want to build some barn doors for inside the house next :)
  5. punk00
    WOW the coop is awesome! The colors are beautiful. The front porch is great for hang'n with the peeps and access for cleaning, etc. I'm excited for you that you used a router for the windows for the first time. I think I might try to one large window (we have small one's and vents but I would love a large one - just not sure if it is worth it. (It would be a huge hassle cutting through the back where there is very hard exterior board and interior plywood.) But perhaps on the side? We'll see. What are your inside dimensions, dimensions of roosts, and roosting area for peeps? How long did the project take? Will you close windows at night? Thanks for sharing!
  6. Barnyard Peeps
    Thank you 21hens, it was to date the biggest project I've taken on, but worth the trouble now that the girls are in and clucking around.
  7. 21hens-incharge
    Holy Hanna what a nice coop you made. I think you did a supreme job. I would agree building ones own gives a new appreciation for the construction industry.
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