Baymen Moes Coop De Bill

By Baymen Moe · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Feb 23, 2012 · ·
  1. Baymen Moe
    Coop De Bill
    For many years I had an interest in chickens and small scale farming in general. When I finally had a house of my own, I had room for garden and then created the space for a chicken coop, with the blessing of my better half. I'm skilled in many things but buliding is not a skill I'm vey good at. Thank god my brother is a carpenter by trade and a willing helper.
    My design was really all in my head. My idea was to build a traditional New England chicken coop with a run attatched.
    Here's the 8x8 base to work up from. As you can see, I was anxious for spring to arrive.
    The door was recycled from an old screened porch. We modofied it to hold a window.
    Here are some progress pictures
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    The two windows were bought from a Habitat for humanity surplus store for $14
    I wanted a sliding pop door.
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    My plan was for 15 hens so I installed 3 nest boxes. Again, the designs were mostly in my head.
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    As you can see from the inside picture I used a cheap sheet of linoleum for the floor.
    I brooded my chicks in the coop, I have power close by. I built the brooder which can be removed and used again.
    I really liked the droppings board idea and it's working like a charm. Very quick and easy clean up.
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    My ventilation from the inside and out. It's all adjustable from the outside.
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    The 6ft high run is made from PT lumber. The posts are cemented and I used hardware cloth all around. The top is welded wire 2x3inch. I buried the wire a foot down and used old patio block scraps and such to create a strong barrier.
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    To me, nothing says New England like a stone wall so I used stones to create a foundation look to the coop.
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    More run progress pics
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    I finished off the run with some landscaping to brighten it up. The overhang was an idea to protect the food and water and a place for the birds to get out of the weather.

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    Just add chickens and the fun begins.

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    The first egg.
    This has been my first experience with chickens. So far I can't think of anything I would change about my coop.

    Update 2/13.2011

    All has gone well for almost two years now. A few losses but no great concerns. The one thing I would change after two winter's would be to cover the run. I do have wire over the top but would have loved a solid roof to keep out the element's. I have had no predator break in's at all thank's to my predator proofing, and I keep my pop door open all the time.

    2/23/12 Well the mild winter continues and I'm looking forward to getting my new flock of chicks, probably in May. Have cleaned around the coop and the brooder is ready. Should be getting 12-15 chicks.

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  1. Cryss
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 21, 2018
    Well written, photos are very helpful in understanding the discriptions. Predator prevention seems perfect and lovely to look at with the stones. I'm very impressed.


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  1. webbysmeme
    I have a pre-built garden shed that is 8x10. I am going to make it into my coop. I think I will model the inside after yours. The poop board is a very good idea! Thanks for posting step by step pictures, that's a big help. Did you put any insulation in the walls? I'm in Illiinios and we have very cold windy winters. I plan to cover part of the run and use 6' high wooden fence about 8' out from the coop. I hope that will keep the snow out of that part of the run. My run is going to be 20' wide and 60' long with the coop in the middle of it.
    Thanks for the post.
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  2. donnamay
    Looks really good. I actually have a tree in my run with a tarp not a solid roof to give them some cover.
  3. junkman56
    very nice job on the coop and run. I'm sure the chickens love their home, I added a metal roof over my run and I am glad I did.
  4. Patinas
    Good job! Very nice coop!
  5. Lubuto
    Great job, i love it
  6. sumi
  7. N F C
    I like the overhang you built and the stone foundation. Good job!
  8. jennkretz
    Oh my goodness! Love the little fluffy butts all facing the same way!

    Hello from MI
  9. VKat
    This is such a wonderful and efficient coop! Can you recall the estimated cost of the materials?
  10. jtbass2756
    I'm getting ready to build my run. Needed something simple and straight-forward....I like the looks of yous and I think I can adapt it to what I want to do. I'm 65 and doing this alone but I think I can at least do something similar and make it work. Thanks for sharing your pictures.
  11. Susanv47
    This is exactly what I have been looking for. Awesome job, I can use alot of recycled materials.
  12. Miss Elle
    you can grow a climbing plant like a rose bush or wysteria for shae coverage.
  13. Chickenfan4life
    Wow. Awesome coop. I'll bet those are some happy chickens. Good idea. Thanks 4 sharing with us.
  14. adelore
    Geat Looking coop! I've been lurking at everyones coops to get ideas for my shed. Thank you for sharing.
  15. Judy
    shawn99 2/8/12 at 9:56 pm
    Reason: other Severity: 3
    Can you tell me how tall the walls are
  16. jmmainer
    Can you explain a bit more on the dropping board? How it was constructed, purpose, etc?
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  17. rsf31tmp
    Great it!

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