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Cackle Cottage

By Kenc, Sep 14, 2012 | Updated: Sep 15, 2012 | | |
  1. Kenc
    is a small raised house and completely enclosed run chicken coop. I "borrowed" from a number of designs, incorporating the features that appealed to me. The Backyard Chickens website, and book "Backyard Chickens Guide to Coops and Tractors" was invaluable.I would highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about building a chicken coop. Even though I did not use the plans in the book, the dimensions for various parts that were given in the book, were helpful in coming up with my design. The house, including the 4 nest boxes is 4' x 4', and is built with a 2" x 2" frame with a skin of sheathing material designed to look like boards. The run is 9' x 6', and with the addition of the space under the house, gives me 70 sq. ft. of run. The inside height at the peak of the run is about 6' tall, which gives me enough head room to walk down the middle of the run without bending over.Cackle Cottage

    The beginning . . . with Juju as helper.


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    Front and back pieces.

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    Platform base. The legs are treated 2 x 4's.

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    My son joins Juju as a helper.

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    Assembling the walls on the base.

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    Paint color test. Had to have a pink pop door for the girls!

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    Roof sheeting on and view of awning style window. The window
    can be adjusted by shortening or lengthening the chain. It latches
    down tight for the winter. All window panes are plastic.


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    After the hernia! Moved from the carport to the backyard.

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    The run has been assembled, painted and moved to the backyard.

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    View from the other side.

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    Neighbor's view - hardly noticeable!

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    The girls first day in their new coop!

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    It only took them a few seconds to figure out the ladder.

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    There is an access door under the house on this side to refill
    the food and water containers. The people door is at the
    front end of the run.


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    I put a 2' flange of 1/2" hardware cloth around the entire coop
    to prevent predators from digging under. It is fastened to the
    frame with screws and washers and landscape pins on the outer
    edges. We are only a block from Hitchcock Woods (Aiken, SC),
    which is the largest urban forest in the country. It is twice the
    size of Central Park in NYC, and we frequently see fox, possum
    and raccoons from the woods in our neighborhood. A few years ago,
    a dog was killed by coyotes down the street.


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    I hope you enjoyed seeing Cackle Cottage!


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  1. Joe Jordan
    Very cool! I love the design in relation to the neighborhood. Very smart!!!
  2. Tammy N
    I do not know why but this one brings a huge smile to my face ,
  3. emarketwiz
    Great job!
  4. fpdoty
    Very nice. I especially like the stones.
  5. Bulldogma
    Great looking coop!
  6. coolcanoechic
    What a nice set up and your girls have a great big run to enjoy. You did a very nice job! Yopu should be very proud!
  7. sezjasper
    My chickens went in and out a lot when they first moved into their coop. I think it was curiosity more than anything. Now they only go in to sleep, to lay eggs (yay!), and to get in my way when I'm trying to clean!
  8. Kenc
    Thanks for the compliments! The girls seem to like it and go in and out of the house a good bit during the day. Is that normal?
  9. chicksbunsdog
    Really nice job - I love it!!!!
  10. EHook518
    Love it!!

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