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Chicken Scratch Coop

By ejsharp, Aug 6, 2012 | | |
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  1. ejsharp
    We caught the chicken bug in the spring and ended up building this coop. Its design is based on a combination of coops on this site and others. I spent some time actually modeling it with CAD software to figure out how I would put it all together, although once construction started, not all of the details were payed close attention to.

    The footprint is 4'x10' and it currently houses 5 hens. Although the coop sits directly on the ground, 1\2" hardware mesh is extended out about 1' on all sides and the base lumber is pressure treated.


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    Sliding door which we don't seem to be using very much.
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    Deep litter method seems to be working so far. There is very little odor.
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    The girls have free run during the day.
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    A few things we need to change/add/finish are:

    • paint
    • shingles and drip edge on the roof
    • permanent and heated waterer for the winter
    • raise the roosting bars up. (one hen seems to be preferring an adjacent apple tree at night and climbing up the ladder is getting old)

    Also on the list is a wildlife resistant feeder...
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    Thanks for checking it out,

    Eric and Cara

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  1. TwinsLoveChicks
    Beautiful coop!
  2. ejsharp
    I've had a few requests for dimensions, but I can't seem to edit the article, so hopefully people scroll through the comments :)
    I actually have a pdf file here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwvXSgHrlgmnMEtpTzd6aWtvbE0 with the general dimensions along with the CAD files. You can use a free viewer (http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/) to open the .SLDASM file to look at a rotatable 3D model.

    Once I started building I found a number of ways to make construction a bit easier compared to what I designed, and not all the smaller details are in the model or up to date, but the main concept is there. One of the major changes is the location of the door to the run. Where we put it makes it much easier to access the feeder and get in to clean things up in the run. The photos in the article will show the differences.
  3. venymae
    Hahaha, I love the picture of the deer raiding the feeder. lol.
  4. marshallchick
  5. ejsharp
    Wow, thanks everyone. To those who asked, yes it is recycled/reused siding from my parents house. I like the natural aged look.
  6. Ramblin Rooster
    Very nice coop!
  7. bobhoke
  8. cutechick53
    Wow, it's so beautiful and practical!
  9. mightymax
    Love it !!! Especially the way you made the external nesting boxes by extending out the hen house floor past and through the back, thereby eliminating the 'how to mount them' question and fully utilizing a whole sheet of wood! Don't know why I didn't think of that! But I sure am glad that you did, it'll be that way on my next coop for certain !!! Thanks!
  10. VAFarm
    What a great design! Kudos the archeitect!

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