Chicksntexas Coop

By chicksntexas · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. chicksntexas
    Here's our coop progress! DH is an awesome builder of great things! So of course, our chickens will have a palace
    We scoured the fabulous BYC coop pages & the internet...DH bought the Chicken Coops for Dummies book & we came up with the basic design and adding alot of making up as we go along...
    The coop is 8 x 10 & about 7' high in the front and 5' in the back. The run is 8 x 24 (including the area under the coop)​
    After several arguments, we finally decided to put the coop where I want it...hehe Added some dirt to level a bit...ran a water line from the house
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    Set posts...dogs giving the sniff of approval... Ran a trench for electric from the house.... ​
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    Lots of shade!! I missed a few pics... painting in progress! We decided to have the coop off the ground... 1) snakes and 2) cross ventilation for the run
    Nest boxes...If I could change it...I would have them off the ground...but DH insisted on this should work :)
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    Starting on the wire! Hoping to keep the coons out!

    Chickies love it! Still a few more things to do...
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    Will be hanging food & water...still have to pick up chains! The roosts are from some of the trees that came down during Hurricane Ike screwed into the walls...birdies love the top one!
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    Can't wait to get some eggs!!
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    Can open & close the chicken door from outside! Locks closed..I really like this! DH did a great job!
    Still need to paint the door!
    Inside the run! Will be hanging feeder with a chain...waterer set up on concrete blocks. We decided on sand in the run...cooler & birdies love it!
    Sprinkled some DE around. We'll also be putting in something they can climb/roost on..DH has a great idea for a 'tree' roost.
    All done!!

    Things still to do...find a place for a very comfortable chicken watching chair :-D
    Thanks for looking!!!

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  1. janiedoe
    "Lovely coop!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Sep 16, 2018
    Your coop is beautiful! I hope you found the perfect chair. Here's wishing you years of chicken entertainment!
  2. Kat2141
    "Very nice!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Sep 16, 2018
    That is a beautiful coop! He did a great job.
    "Very nice coop"
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Sep 15, 2018


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  1. WhoDatChick
    OH MY! What a beautiful coop!! Great job:eek:
    good planing brother
  3. Geggs
    Love the coop! Very close to my dream coop, though of course no 2 dreams are ever exactly the same...
  4. SunHwaKwon
    That thing is amazing. I love it!
  5. vegaome
    Beautiful place you have there. I really like it.


  6. Themehmeh
    How do you clean under the coop? that looks like a tough job
  7. JoeCole
    Very nice chicken coop, I think that's the plan I will go with. Thanks
  8. tylgar6601
    I LOVE LOVE this coop!!! love the top over the outside run...great job
  9. superseeds
    great job on the coop... I too would be interested in plans if available please.
  10. SewForth
    Do you have a blueprint for this coop? This is exactly what I have been looking for! Please let me know if there are plans I can purchase. Thanks
  11. chicki-vicki
    love it ... love it -- looks southeast texas -- piney woods perhaps -- great job -- we just bought some land on cowbouy and there is a storage building of sorts Ive been eyeballing -- do wish it was up higher off the ground but be as it may it's looking pretty good to me as a starting point -- I'm a newby to this hopeing mine will be half as nice as yours -- thanks for good ideas -- enjoy
  12. MrsRing00
    This looks strikingly similar to the coop designs hubby and I have sketched out! Looks great!

    One question-Have you had your girls lay any eggs underneath the coop? And if so, how did you get them out?
  13. Urk-ah-urk-ah-urr'
    "Sprinkled some DE around"
    Missed that part... ok, that should help with the fire ants.
  14. Urk-ah-urk-ah-urr'
    You have a beautiful place and a great looking set up/coop.
    I have seen variations on this style of coop/run before and really like the version y'all have settled on.
    I didn't notice what area of you were located but, having lived in Texas for all but four years of my life, I have a couple of questions/comments:
    1.) How do you clean the area under the hen house?
    2.) I really like the hardware cloth... looks fantastic. How do you keep mosquitoes from devouring your girls at night and wasps during the day?
    3.) The sand flooring is a great idea as far as moisture control and decadent dust bathing but, do you just run a rake through it to control poop and, thus, flies.
    4.) Fire ants... I haven't seen any mention of fire ant control/guards on any coop design on this site. Thoughts?
    5.) When are you coming to my house and building something half as great as this for me? I make fantastic cornbread, have cold beer and sweet iced tea and have my own lemon pound cake that would make your mama cry.
    Peace and blessed be.
    1. Geggs
      Re 4: I have used diatomaceous earth, available at most garden centers, for ant control. It works great. Scoop a little into a small strainer and gently shake over the area to be treated. If it gets scratched away or covered with other dirt, you must reapply. And be careful not to breath the dust of course. It is also supposed to be good added to chicken feed a couple-three times a year or so to treat or prevent worms, and to their dust bath to help control mites and lice and such.
      Drother likes this.
  15. myjourney79
    I love this design!!!
  16. Cowboyffa84
    Love it wish i had that kind of skill

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