Building A Coop For Our Girls

  1. FairwindsFarm
    Our chicken coop undergoing construction. Building the nesting boxes in advance.
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    Putting doors onto the nesting boxes for easy access.
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    Nesting boxes with the doors open.
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    The base of the roosting bars. Built to allow a sliding tray.
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    Side view of roosting bar's base.
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    Main frame of the coop.
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    Main frame with nesting boxes mounted.
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    Backside view of nesting boxes.
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    Side view with nesting boxes and one roosting rack installed.
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    Two roosting racks installed.
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    Angled view with roosting racks and nesting boxes. Support slats tacked in place to maintain square of frame.
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    Framing on end installed for sliding door for ramp.
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    Front view with all roosting racks installed.
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    Raised roof frames started.
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    Angled roof frames added to raised roof.
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    First side of raised roof added to main frame. Done in sections to ease placement on roof. This was just a test for fit prior to finishing.
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    Roofing panels added.
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    Raised roofs added and mounted.
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    Tar paper added to raised roof.
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    Angled trusses added for lower roof.
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    Lower roof papered on one side.
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    Shingles added. Framing added to secure nesting boxes in place and front window framed in.
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    Side window framed in.
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    Second roof side shingled.
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    Second side window framed in.
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    Front siding being added.
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    View from inside front door.
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    Siding added.
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    Back siding added.
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    Sliding door and ramp installed.
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    Sliding door closed. Used aluminum U-shaped rails for sliding guides.
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    Rear slots cut out for removable cleaning trays.
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    Removable tray with handles attached.
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    Removable tray partially in place.
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    All trays in place. They are directly below the roosting racks.
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    Front door installed.
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    Front view. Floor was made in two sections and hinged in the middle to ease cleaning. Show in down position.
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    Side view with ramp installed and floors in down position.
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    Rear view.
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  1. TROPIC HENS
    Wow, great job!
  2. FairwindsFarm
    mamazta,
    Thank you! The coop floor is 6x12. Good luck with the roof and let us know if you have any questions.
  3. mamazta
    This is beatifull and practical. What is the size of this coop. I'm building a 7x8 and I want to built this type of roof. Thank you.
  4. FairwindsFarm
    Thanks for the kind comments everyone! It was quite the project but lots of fun also. Our chickens love it. Sorry if we confused some folks but the last two pictures are the finished product. The pictures do show the tilt floors in the down position so that might have been misleading. The floors are on hinges and latch in place when lifted. We did put a light layer of pine shavings on the poop trays to aid in clean up. The slots may be deceiving, they are actually tall enough to allow for about two inches of droppings/shavings on the tray. We also put a few coats of high gloss paint on the trays to resist stuff sticking to them. One thing we did learn after all was said and done; the hens rarely use the roosting racks we built and instead, fly up into the "rafters" and roost there. I guess they like to go to the highest point they can. They do use the roosting racks as ladders on their way to the rafters. If you can't see the finished pictures, let us know and we will try to repost.
  5. coolcanoechic
    That's a great design! It should have some nice ventilation. I can't wait to see it finished. Please post pics to the forum when it's done. I love seeing other's work.
  6. Stumpy
    Wow! Very nice!
  7. mrswhiskers
    Love the drop down floor. beautiful coop. You are so lucky to have a builder in the family.
  8. judyki2004
    WOW! Great design! It will look gorgeous! I'm looking forward to see it finished! My only concern(?) is... the slot where the "poop trays" goes are thick enough? will you use some bedding in it or just the plain tray?
  9. paridisefarm2009
    amazing !! Great Job

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