My wife has always wanted to raise chickens so last year when an opportunity to purchase a home with 2 acres came along we jumped on it. We also had a pole barn constructed which left us with plenty of scrap lumber and metal panels. At first I wasn't fully convinced that I could build this coop, but after a few months of lurking on the BYC and youtube, I talked myself into going for it.

Our biggest challenge is that my wife and I both work in downtown Minneapolis. 30 miles away from our tiny 2 acre paradise. It also doesn't help that we're both in the restaurant industry which leaves us with sporadic/chaotic schedules. We knew we wouldn't be able to tend to our chickens as well as we would liked to so the goal was to design a self-sustaining coop.

Fast forward 7 months after the build, the coop's proven its durability and reliability. It's endured heat, hail, thunderstorms and finally snow as of last week so it just might survive this crazy Minnesotan weather. Finding the balance between human aesthetics vs practical needs of chickens is always challenging, but it was achievable.

This wouldn't have been possible without the sharing of knowledge across communities from the BYC and youtube. Just wanted to pay it forward and provide my buildout for anyone who would like to build one.

Specs:
18ft x 8ft coop

Food:
(2) 80lb gravity feeders
Last up to 10 days w/ 160 chickens

Water:
(2) 30 gallon horizontal waterers
Last 1.5-2 months w/ 160 chickens

Free range:
Move coop every 2 weeks using a lawn tractor

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Build time:
45 days (Full build on Youtube - sped up to 18 mins)