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Blue on Blue (on Blue) Kiwi Urban Coop

  1. BigRedNZ
    My family previously had a coop, but it was a small beginners coop. I'm embarrassed by our previous coop & was determined to do better this time. This coop is 1.2m x 2.4m x 1.2m. We have 6 shavers (New Zealand's egg machine) and may add a couple of other birds to get some interesting eggs for the kids.

    After 2 years away, and countless hours on the internet, I have designed my simple but pretty, in my opinion, back yard coop.

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    Most New Zealand coops are for farms/lifestyle blocks and are not aesthetically adequate for our urban back yard. We can see our coop from our kitchen and it couldn't detract from our yard.

    I've borrowed ideas from Carolina Coops (Raised DLM coop), and many designs through the BYC coop index (including the roll-away nest box our girls won't enter, yet). Credit for it goes to Opa

    My design is based on standard ply sheets (½ front and back, full floor, full sides), and was constructed so if we ever move it deconstructs into roof, four walls and the "foundation"

    We raised the coop to allow extra run

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    Here you can see the 300mm internal skirt that allows the DLM. The floor is treated ply which is then sealed with epoxy wood sealant. The partially completed nest box, which is disappointingly unpopular. It is completed with a roof to stop roosting.

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    Our hardest decision was colour, it has 7 coats of paint (3 different shades of blue). The door at the back is access to the back of the coop, and to the roosts incase we need to grab a lady for something.

    This was fun to build, and get the kids involved. I'm not a builder, or even a tradesman, so get up put pen to paper and buildit.


    We've since added a "stock gate" and Chunnel (chicken tunnel) that greatly increases the lady's scope of range into our other vegetable areas. The gate means we can "break feed" and let the garden recover before opening it up again.

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    Our birds spend all day outside messing amongst the beehive (They've eaten all the flowers off my hive pot) and perching in apricot trees. So we've not added windows, but we may yet.

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    If there is interest I do have my drawings on PDF.

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  1. Trefoil
    Sorry about that, I misunderstood what I was look at in the pic of your roof. Disregard me.
  2. BigRedNZ
    Thanks for the the responses. The chunnel was on "Fresh eggs daily" (Facebook), but is a bit vulnerable to the dog. So a new version will get made over winter.

    Trefoil - by side lapping do you mean the fact the wood grain is going the wrong way? It is cosmetic, and screwed in place and underneath is treated ply so hopefully it'll stay watertight. We get lots of rain, but only rare snow, so fingers crossed.
  3. peastix
    Very nice! Penny Auckland
  4. Trefoil
    Nice. The only potential problem I see is with the roof. If you get snow or rain, the side lapping will slow the water down from draining off the roof and may make it leak.
  5. Whittni
    That's a verrrry blue blue
  6. mymilliefleur
    Nice looking coop! I love the Chunnel!
  7. BantyChooks
    Very cute!

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