Chicken Palace

By spartacus_63 · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. spartacus_63
    Here is our Chicken Palace.
    [​IMG] [​IMG] This is prior to the paint.

    This is an ongoing project and is no weekender.

    We acquired 27 RIR (26 pullets and 1 cockerel) and a White Crested Black Polish in June. We picked up 3 RIR hens, 3 BO hens and 1 BR hen in August. We then got 1 BO hen with 4 peeps. We are getting between 6 & 8 eggs per day.
    The Palace is 10'x14' with a 10'x4' feed room. There are 8 nest boxes on the back wall
    [​IMG] which can be harvested from the outside. [​IMG]
    I have 24' of roost
    [​IMG] that is on a hinge so it can be lifted out of the way for cleaning. [​IMG] The Girls took right to the roost and seemed to be happy for the upgrade.

    I installed an auto door for my convenience.[​IMG]It is the drapery motor version. [​IMG] The motor is a little pricey, but well worth it to sleep in or stay out late and have peace of mind. The opener works perfectly. I used drawer slides as runners to help the door stay in line. I made the door similar to how you would make a drawer. I had a counter weight from and old window and used it as it was intended. It takes the stress off of the motor. I picked up a timer on sale from the hardware store. UPDATE: this was the D80 model. Itlast for about 10 months and then gave out. I have replaced this with the D20 Chicken Door model. I'll let you know how it works.
    The Chicken Palace sits in a 30 sq ft fenced yard. For the fence I used 3' 1" poultry wire, topped with and additional 5' off bird netting. I used schedule 40 PVC for the net frames.

    Chicken Pinatas
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The girls are a bit spoiled. We bought a few bird "cake" feeders, and fill them up in the morning with the treats for the day. Apples and tomatoes are favorites.

    Homemade feeder & fountains

    [​IMG]Here is a shot of one of my Bucket Fountains and Rosie. Easy to make and the girls love having water outside. The cheap plug for Menards was just happenstance ;-)

    [​IMG] Here is a bucket feeder I put together. It is generally the same as others on this and other web sites. Mine uses a dip-N-chip tray as the base and I put a funnel in the bucket to push the feed towards the holes. I use mash in this feeders and it works well. Crumbles would probably work better though. The holes in the bottom of the bucket are as large as I could make them. I fastened the bucket to the tray with four nuts/bolts and it is pretty sturdy. The tray is not all that thick and I am curious as to how it will hold up in the cold. UPDATE: We are in the second witer with this feeder and it is still like new.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Nice coop!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 20, 2018
    The article needs more build details
  2. SavKel&RynKel
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    Would love a description on material or plans and an update!
  3. Cyprus
    "Could use more light and ventilation"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    Overall, the coop is nice but something that should be improved upon is the amount of light and ventilation in the coop. I would also consider ease of access to the coop and run if I were building this myself.
    Ventilation should be at least 1sqft per bird.


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  1. Alaskan
    I LOVE you "treat cages" brilliant idea! Love the entire coop though!
  2. Fabulous Chicks
    What type is this coop called with the windows up in the top like that? I'm trying to find plans for something similar.
  3. chloechickens01
    hmmmmm..... good job i like it!

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