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  1. gravediggerbclb
    I finally talked my wife into letting me get some chickens to raise for our family. But with no place to house them, I was in desperate need of a chicken coop. So our adventure begins with putting together something for them to live in.....
    I started with two 6', 5"x6" treated timbers for the skids underneath my chicken coop. This will enable me to pull it around our property if need be. I then used 2"x6" treated lumber for the floor joists. This may be a little overkill, but I wanted to make sure that the floor was good and strong. I then used 3/4" CDX plywood for the floor. I made sure that I screwed everything together instead of nailing, just incase anything ever has to be changed.
    Here is a picture showing my 5"x6" skids and the floor joists......

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    Then I started putting the walls up. These consisted of 2"x4" lumber, sheeted with 1/2" AC Southern Pine plywood. The coop measures 6' by 6' and is 7' tall in the front and 6' tall in the back.

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    Next came the window installation. I was hoping to find some old barn windows to use on my chicken coop, but was unable to find any. So I went to the local Home Depot store and purchased the cheapest widows that they had. They are 2' by 2', and set me back about $32 a piece. I installed 1 window on each side of the coop, and the front widow will be hardware cloth with a plywood cover to put over it at night.
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    As luck would have it, I can't find my pictures that I took of the sheeting, and roofing. But I will explain what I used for materials. For the roof, I used 7/16" oriented strand board, covered with tarpaper, and some shingles that I got at the local lumber yard for $5 a bundle. It took exactly 2 bundles to do cover the roof. I also used steel roof edge around the edge of the roof, just to make it look a little nicer. For the soffits and facia, I used 1"x6" pine boards. And for the door, I used the piece of plywood that I cut out for it along with 1"x4" boards to make it nice and sturdy. It was a perfect fit, until I painted the coop and then had to do some sanding...hahaha
    So here is the finished product.....
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    For a chicken door, I made a 16" x 16" opening, and used a piece of plywood for the door, which I have on a rope and pully system used to open it...
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    Now I just needed to add the chicks......
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    25 little Buff Orpington chicks!!!
    Then I made a fenced in chicken run for them, that measures 20 feet by 12 feet with a 4 foot high fence.
    Chicks are doing great in their new home, and are growing like weeds!!!
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  1. BantamFan4Life
    Looks like a nice coop!
  2. lavender pekins
    nice coop love the fencing idea im going to pinch it for my chickens! brilliant job!
    but where are the nesting boxes and roosts?
    also wheres the hardwhare cloth racoons could easily get in there where i livve there isn't any racoons around so we dont have to worry about that but you certanly do!!!
    also the space isn't addiquit for the amount of chickens you could always expand the run but definatly not big enough at present.
  3. Dnetschke
    Thanks for the photo's of the guillotine door. I'm trying to work mine out now and your photos are helping me out!
  4. Bogtown Chick
    Great coop. nice and neat. Great for 7-8 grown birds. make sure you put your chooks to bed each night securing them. The Run will work while they are young but soon they'll pop over it and are prone to ariel and ground predators. Do you have a Rooster in the bunch if you plan to let them free range a bit? enjoy your chooks. Glad you talked the wife into letting you get them!
  5. HooverHenHouse
    Also curious about predator proofing, and how it has held up?
  6. DianaMallory
    Nice job, but like the other comments needs more predator proofing! I notice in front of the coop itself that you might want to put some hard ware cloth around the bottom to keep your flock from going under the coop. That would be a real hard place to gather eggs from!
  7. Minniechickmama
    I too like your set up, but too crowded with that many. Definitely want to predator proof more. There are a number of critters that can slip in under the coop where it is off the ground. If it is mobile, then I understand why you wouldn't bury hardware cloth around the perimeter, but you will want to find some what to keep out unwanted critters for sure.
    Good luck with them.
  8. The Hen
    Love it. I have three that like to "fly the coop" (jump the fence) as i say. I don't worry too much about the wild animals as i lock mine up every night. But yes, a coon will reach through the fence and pull the chickens right threw. Great job~looks great~have fun with your ladies.
  9. bruceha2000
    Same comments as others.
    First A-1 job!
    Second - 36 sq ft is WAY too small for 25 birds. 4 sq ft per bird unless they are only in the coop at night.
    Third - you didn't mention hardware cloth buried outside the run to prevent digging and I don't see any on the lower part of the run. I've read plenty of posts about people losing chickens to a coon that reached through the 2x4 welded wire and grabbed a bird.
    Fourth A-1 Job!!!
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