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By DonGallina · Nov 24, 2013 · ·
  1. DonGallina
    Don Gallina Makes His First Coop!


    I've been wanting to get backyard chickens for a long time. I live in the city (Lima, Peru) with limited space, so I just wanted to build a coop that was big enough for 2-3 hens. After looking at many, many designs I settled on building a combination of these two designs:

    Keep in Simple
    I liked how this design utilized the 4x8 sheets of plywood to the fullest extent, and the coop was simple which made me think that I could actually build it. I followed the comments and wanted to add ventilation and a nest box.

    Erinlee's Coop
    I liked how this coop had the run beneath it and the wide open doors to facilitate cleaning.

    I got to work on Google Sketchup and came up with this design:


    The cuts for the 4x8 pieces of 1/2" plywood, 2x4's, and 2x2's was like this:


    The frame looks like this:

    The kids tried to help build.


    It's hard to see, but there is a perch just above the door that runs lengthwise down the middle of the coop. There is a lockable door on the lower left side to keep them in the coop, but I think they will mostly be able to run free in the back yard.

    And here are the pullets that I picked up from a local friend. His wife says that they are a cross between a "normal hen" and a "fighting cock".


    Any comments or suggestions are more than welcome! This is my first attempt at backyard chickens, so wish me luck!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nardo
    "Great drawing"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Dec 31, 2018
    Nice coop and I'm not certain that I believe this is your first! Good work.
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  1. joan1708
    It's very cute, but I think you should paint it, and let your daughter pick the colors!
  2. scriptkiddieJR
    very nice,

    and welcome to BYC!

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