Cole's Backyard Coop

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  1. chickenlickin8
    After researching Chicken Keeping on BackYardChickens.com, we decided to build an urban chicken coop and have some backyard chickens of our own in our average size urban backyard. We live in a chicken friendly area and decided to remodel an attached garden shed into a chicken coop. My DH is handy and together, we planned how it would look and the features it would have. Mostly, I came up with the ideas and my wonderful DH said "Yes, dear!" and he brought the ideas to life for his wife =) If you have an attached shed like we do, it's perfect to convert into a coop. Here's what we did with ours....

    First, we gutted the shed down to the support 2 X 4s. The shed measures 12L X 4W X 8 or 9H (at the highest point). It has a full size steel door entrance and concrete floor. The back wall of the coop is the concrete wall of the house which adds additional protection from the elements here in FL and the shingled roof is part of the house roof. We framed the entire space with 2X4s and primed everything before painting. We wanted a concrete walkway to the coop and flower bed so we marked off where that would go.

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    Plywood walls of the coop are up, 1/4 hardware cloth wire has been installed and no-rot door frame is in place. We then begin pouring the concrete walkway.

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    Concrete is dry and work continues. It is starting to look like a coop!

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    We added an small window and area where the chickens could go outside, scratch in the dirt and dust bathe.

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    We wanted the shingled roof to match our house roof....of course!

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    The nesting area complete with decor and we put a pegboard up for a broom and rake...used daily =)

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    Roosting area and water container. We spread about 2 inches of shavings over the concrete floor
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    We finished the ceiling and installed a light
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    We suspended the feeder from the ceiling and added a gate to hold in the pine shavings and the chickens.
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    The finished backyard coop! We planted boxwoods and put brick pavers over the concrete walkway and DH built a deck
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    The Cozy Chicken Coop!

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    Our 8 pullets... 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Ameraucanas, 2 Golden Comets, 1 Black Sex Link, and 1 Lavender Orp
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    Looks like someone is laying her first egg!!
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    The rest of the girls started joining in over the next few weeks and now laying lots of eggs!
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    Looking for treats!
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    Rainbow of eggs!

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    Thank you for looking at our backyard coop! We love it and hope it gave you some ideas for your coop [​IMG]

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  1. pellepeterson
    Very nice! What did you use for your siding? I saw material like that at my local Home Depot, it was fairly inexpensive. I will be heading out to hit the Cull Lumber box today before heading home from work, our babes are only a week old, but I need to get the coop built ASAP or mumma will have my hide! Great Job!
  2. chickenlickin8
    Thanks again everyone! We appreciate your comments!
  3. California_chickie
    Wow! Beautiful!
  4. Kevmac
    Amazing :)
  5. GreenGables
    Beautiful!!!
  6. QueenBeeMom
    You are awesome with space! The hens must be so happy, such pretty ladies.
  7. ChicKat
    Wow, you did a fabulous job! Thanks for showing.
  8. sezjasper
    It's lovely! We are planning a shed conversion this spring, but I love the way yours is connected to your house...really becomes a part of your family space instead of sitting off by itself. You did a great job!
  9. chickenlickin8
    Thanks so much for all the comments! We feel so honored to see our coop as POW! We were thrilled. My husband was really excited to see his handwork featured! We love our chickens and how the coop turned out. We spend lots of time sitting on our deck watching the girls.
  10. bruceha2000
    "onebigglo1 Yesterday at 3:21 pm
    Looks good, but also looks kind of small."
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    48 sq ft for 8 birds is just fine. 6 sq ft per bird. Not that I disagree with the "free ranging" question. I'm sure the girls wouldn't mind wandering around the yard.
  11. JacobMaxwell
    Wow! That's an excellent coop!
  12. DDNONIN2016
    Beautiful job
  13. Y N dottes
    Nice...i like it!
  14. kentuckygirl1
    It looks so clean and cozy! love it
  15. BayGoose
    Love love love this! Great job!
  16. onebigglo1
    Looks good, but also looks kind of small. Do you ever let your girls out in the backyard or is that against the rules in your area?
  17. ShadyHillFarm
    Absolutely lovely!!
  18. Henny6
    Wow,love it
  19. betcdeamfarm
    I LOVE that!! It looks so great and clean and tidy. Do you guys love to hang out in the evening on your deck with the girls?? Looks like fun
  20. Janiecoke
    Wow as it makes my coop look pitiful. My poor birds!
  21. Gallina Sarda
    Absolutely love it! Very sweet home for your girls that blends in beautifully with the rest of your home. Well, done!
  22. bluebirdnanny
    This looks wonderful! Mine will be attached to the shed side. Only difference would be a run attached to a free range field and the compost area by the garden. Oh your photos have gotten me thinking. I already have some of that hardware fencing as I used to to make critter barrier at the bottom of the shed all round as well as the deck/porch on the house. Thanks NOW I am getting excited. This will be my spring/summer chore/project and should be up and running by next spring if not this late summer!!!!!
  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. MomsGoneMild
    This is so sweet. You all did a great job. WOW!
  25. chickenlickin8
    Thanks so much for all the nice comments!
  26. rustyangel
    very nice extension of your home! It looks like it was always meant to be there!
  27. judyki2004
    Wow! everything is neat & absolutely beautiful: the chickens, the coop with their own porch, your deck & garden! Now seat back & enjoy! Many blessings!
  28. goose chick
    Beautiful!!
  29. Stumpy
    That is incredibly nice! It is very attractive.

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