City Coop

By bgchicken, May 28, 2012 | Updated: Dec 20, 2016 | | |
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    The finished coop and run. After six weekends of work it's finally done! This is our new chicken coop and run. We used cedar siding and cedar shingles for the roof. We made the run (aka 'The Sunroom') into a semi-greenhouse so it stays dry (we live in rainy Seattle). On hot summer days we plan on covering the plastic top to keep it cool. The Sunlite panels on the walls are removable to allow more air-flow in warm weather.
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    The Plan. I used Adobe Illustrator to draw the plans. We were going for a a miniature saltbox barn look that would fit nicely with our back yard. The coop is 4'x4'. The run extends out about 5 feet from the coop.

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    Excavation. We dug trenches and filled them with crushed gravel. Then we used treated 4x4s to make a foundation.

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    Foundation and Floor. After the 4x4s went in we built the coop floor using 2x6 treated lumber and 3/4" plywood.

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    Framing. 2x3 lumber was used to frame the walls.

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    Roof. The roof was framed using 2x4 treated lumber.

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    Siding & Trim. We used 1x6 cedar channel siding for the walls, and 5/8" plywood siding for the doors. (note we modified the nesting boxes a bit from the original framing. We thought the boxes would be better higher up off the floor, so we got rid of the two small windows and moved the nesting boxes up about 10 inches.)


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    Interior. We made the nesting boxes from leftover plywood. Vinyl was used on the floor for easy cleaning. A 6 gallon tank inside the coop to supplies water to the poultry drinking nipples in the run.

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    Nesting boxes. A drop-down door on the outside of the coop allows easy access to the nesting boxes.


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    Sliding Pop Door. The track for the sliding door was made from 1x2s. The door is plywood siding. Additional 1x2 stiffeners on the back of the door keep it from warping which keeps it sliding smoothly in its track. A little rope and some pulleys allow openings and closings from outside the coop.

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    Windows. Windows in the doors allow a peek inside and provide more ventilation.

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    The Run. Here you can see the finished coop and run. We stained all the cedar with deck stain.

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    The Day Roost. We cut up some bamboo to create a roost in the run.

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    Chicken Nipples. Here's a shot of the plumbing and poultry drinking nipples. Water is supplied from the big blue tank that sits inside the coop.

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    Screens. All of the hardware cloth wire screens are removable for easy access and cleaning.

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    Dog meets Chickens. Our dog seemed unimpressed with a flock of chickens running around the basement.

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    Training to be a good chicken dog.

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    First Day in the coop. The chicks checking out their new digs.

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    First Outing. After spending a week in the coop we opened the door. They spent quite a while looking out before finally deciding it was safe to proceed.

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    One by one they made there way down the ramp. So far they seem to like their new city coop and chicken run.

    The bottom line. We spent about $1400 in materials. We splurged on cedar for the siding and roofing. The Sunlite greenhouse panels were also expensive. I estimate I put in about 60-70 hours in labor so it took quite a bit longer to build that we initially expected. We're very happy the way it all turned out. Thanks for all pictures and advice. We learned a ton by studying all the other coops on this site.

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  1. EggyTheHen
    That's a really pretty chicken coop! The hens look so happy!!
  2. TheMallardMan
    Really nice coop
  3. Goethe12
    wow, indead!
  4. StarSpun
    Awesome coop!
  5. GREG BOAM
  6. Brandi Leigh
  7. LoveChickens123
  8. ChickLuvr4Ever
    Its beautiful, and well constructed. :)
  9. FuzzyMugz
    Wow! Lucky Chicks! It has a very relaxing feel to it -- sort of a zen-like hip-spa sorta thing going on there. I'm also wondering: (1) where you got those cool looking nipples, and (2) how did you manage to make the screens removable? Very Nice Coop.
  10. clucky3255
    snazzy! i might steal your idea when i grow up! LOL
  11. kimikins2
    Very nice coop. My husband & I are going to build one for our 7 hens and we are trying to get all these great ideas of everyone else into play. wish us luck.
  12. ChicknBaron
    I've been curious about how those watering nipples work... Are they working out good for the you and the chickens are understanding how to use them??? very cool
  13. ChicknBaron
    that's FANTASTIC... a perfect example of quality city chicken coop. It blends very well with your yard and just looks perfect there... Enjoy!!!!!!!
  14. Patricia8989
    Holy Crap! This is awesome!
  15. California_chickie
    Wonderful ideas!
  16. Our Roost
    Very well thought out design. You have a few features I liked and will adapt tp my own coop. Specifically, a ventilation dampner door that can be open or closed impressed me. Something as simple as a left over piece of vinyl flooring to catch poop droppings under a roost area was another feature I will use. Thirdly, your nipple feeders look of better quality than the ones I have. Pray tell, where did you find them?
  17. Roxannemc
    WOW. That is truly gorgous.Not any kind of eyesore in that pretty yard. Adds to it. Your work and money paid off in spades.!!
  18. TXchickmum
    Fabulous!!!
  19. lesliedow
    What an amazing coop! Lucky chickens!
  20. DeesHens
    Beautiful!
  21. PoultryPower
    I hope your neighbors like chickens.
  22. Queen Effie
  23. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  24. Bogtown Chick
    What a stunning coop.
  25. Whittni
  26. Garden Tamer
    good step-by-step! I am glad you included the interior pics
  27. Greasydog26
    Great detail...Awesome work!!!
  28. marxmail
    Very nice - all the details have been thought out. I like the removable screens. Enjoy!
  29. Stumpy
    Lovely!

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