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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.

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