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Bluebetweens Chicken Coop

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By BlueBetween, Jan 11, 2012 | Updated: Feb 21, 2012 | | |
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  1. BlueBetween
    The Blue Between Chicken House
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    After looking at all the chicken coop photos I could find, and trying to decide on what features I had to have, this is the chicken coop we came up with. We worked on this for about 8 weekends. Plus a few week nights. It took a long time. We made some mistakes and figured out how to fix them or work with them. But it was a lot of fun (mostly) and a great family project. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Still to do (maybe): add a chicken cam, an automatic door opener, an auto watering system, and landscaping. Oh, and an outdoor pen or tractor so the girls can get some fresh grass and bugs.
    Features:
    1.) Secure. I wanted the hardwire sandwiched between the frame boards and hardwire beneath run.
    2.) Storage. Enough said.
    3.) Easy to clean, easy access. I wanted to be able to stand up in the run, and slide out the floor and litter board in the coop, and I wanted external acces to the eggs.
    4.) An overhang to keep me dry while working in there during our long Seattle area rainy season - which lasts pretty much all year.
    5.) Cute. I was thinking of it as a garden feature as well as a functional home for my girls.
    Here's the finished coop:

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    Our fancy zig-zag ramps, before they got covered in poop:
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    And after, with a flip-up roost added:
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    And inside:
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    Lights:
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    Door Action:
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    Upgrades!! Water tower - love this!

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    And inside too!

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    All the "in progress" shots can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluebetween/sets/72157626712382468/
    Blog updates can be found here: http://bluebetween.blogspot.com/search/label/backyard chickens


    Thanks for looking!
    Pam, Frank, Luke and The Girls, Pippi, Lulu, Bella & Daphne


    The Baby Pictures:
    Dapne, the Welsummer, Pippi, the Buff Orpington, Lulu, the Cuckoo Maran, and Bella, the Silver Laced Wynadote.
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    Growing Up!
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    And all grown up:

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  1. Diney
    Really nice, love the zig zag ramp.
  2. KirstieJG
    Just..... wow!
  3. SouthGaRoo
    That is one great looking coop!!, i can never get my pics to turn out like yours. Great job
  4. tarahharlin
    Beautiful coop & beautiful ladies!! The coop color is a great color for Pippi! :) Absolutely love this and your photos!
  5. Briza
    I love the color of your coop! It's the color family I was looking at the other day for ours. :D
  6. N F C
    Beautiful job, love the exterior color!
  7. 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
  8. StarSpun
    MAZING coop and FABULOUS pictures!
  9. EHook518
    I love your coop. How did you make the waterers?
  10. tinker446
    This has got to be one of the most adorable coops I have seen yet! I just love the colors, the style, the space it uses. Just awesome!

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