Coop De La Villes Chicken Coop

By Coop de la Ville · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Jun 21, 2012 · ·
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    The Creation of Coop de la Ville
    On March 17th, 2010, our family became the proud owners of 8 baby pullet chicks. 2 White Rocks, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Buff Orpingtons and 2 Speckled Sussex all affectionately known as Beatrice The Barn Boss" and Fuzzy, Mabel and Katrina, Gertrude and Henrietta, Agnes and Bertha.

    We used a Rubbermaid container to keep them in with a heat lamp and paper towels lining the bottom and constructed a chicken wire top to cover it. Paper towels make for easy clean up plus they keep the chicks from slipping causing splayed legs. We then started hunting around for coops and found that they were REALLY expensive! My wonderful husband told me to look around on the internet and let him know if I saw any I liked. We could just build our own. I came across a few I liked and taking something from each this is the creation of Coop de la Ville...

    FYI: When someone tells you that chickens grow fast, THEY MEAN FAST!!!!


    The coop is 6' x 4' x 6' with a 2' fenced platform. 2" x 4" pressure treated wood was used for the base and regular 2" x 4"'s for the rest of frame work. The coop platform is completely fenced in with 1/2" hardware cloth covering both the sides and bottom with the end opened into the run. No digging rodents are getting in there. Flooring is 3/4" OSB and roof is 5/8" OSB with roofing felt and 1 pack of black asphalt shingles.
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    4' x 8' T111 sheets were used for the exterior. Don't remember how many we purchased. Two 19" x 24" screened windows were put in the front. My husband made frames for the inside of the windows with 1" x 1" welded wire for added security against critters when the windows are opened and also for the back vent flap opening and adult door.

    There are 6 nesting boxes all together in front but only the middle 4 are opened for use by the girls for laying. The outer 2 we use for storing items. Each box is 12" x 12" and 16" high at the tallest point. Scraps of T111 were used for the dividers.


    Pop door measures 10" x 13"


    I was in charge of the painting. We decided against painting the interior but chalked in ALL corners and cracks to prevent drafts from coming in. The exterior was primed in gray then I used the shade Merlot for the walls and Polar Bear White for the trim which I purchased from our local Lowe's store.



    The back vent's opening is 4' x 7" and is screened in with 1" welded wire. The adult door opening measures 20" x 51" and has both a solid door and a screened door made from 1" welded wire and 1/2" hardware cloth on the bottom 2' of the door so those pesky little paws can't reach in and grab one.

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    With the chicks already out of the Rubbermaid container (which didn't take long) and busting out of the homemade cardboard box construction made from 2 office chair boxes, Coop de la Ville is just about finished. It took approximately 8 weeks or so to complete the coop and run.

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    Beatrice "The Barn Boss"

    2 - 2' x 4's in a T formation were installed with joist hangers for roosting perches about 36" off of the floor.

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    The run is 8' x 10' and constructed with 7 pressure treated 4" x 4"'s and numerous 2" x 4"s. 2" x 4" welded wire is used throughout and buried a foot down around the perimeter to deter critters from digging in. 2' tall 1/2" hardware cloth wraps around the entire bottom also to keep critters from getting in and chickens heads from getting out. The roofing is put up on an angle using 2" x 4"s with Ondura 79" red corrugated roof paneling to allow for drainage. A 2" x 4" roosting perch is placed in the back and an electric fan hangs from the top inside for use on hot days as well as one inside the coop.

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    From just sketching something on a notepad and not using any type of plans, here's our Coop de la Ville
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    Thank you honey for all of your hard work!

    After finally getting my husband's desk cleaned up and organized, we came across the original drawing he did to build our Coop de la Ville


    Future plans include hooking electricity up to the coop and expanding the run. If we could have changed something… It would have been to make the coop 8' x 6' x 6'. What we have now is fine for 8 but we are limited now to just those 8.

    UPDATED 6/21/2012
    On March 15, 2012, we added 2 more chicks to the flock. 2 buff brahams Bitsy and Priscilla. Bitsy is quite the curious one.


    An unfortunate situtation came up just as the chicks were ready to go outside and join the rest of the crew. 2 of our girls we've had for 2 years Mabel and Bertha, had to be taken out due to they were roughing up on Gertrude enough to where she had no feathers on her head and couldn't walk around freely with fear they'd get her. This was after having them in "chicken jail" (another pin my husband constructed) for 3 weeks. So I have a co-worker who lives on a farm and has 5 of her own who graciously said she'd take them in and she says they are doing very well.


    Their first days out in their new move-a-bout pen. These birds are the absolute best!!!

    Now with them mixed in with the more situation...our Bitsy and Priscilla are now Bitsy and Beauregard! "Beau" for short. They are inseparable! One does not move without the other and you can't just pick up one without the other. They actually whine if they're not together.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ClucksAndCombs
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Nov 1, 2018
    I dream to have a coop this pretty! Helpful information and very pratical.
    "Great Article!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 14, 2018
    Beautiful coop! I love the plans drawn out. I am struggling to figure out what kind of coop I need for 25 chicks....Your design is giving me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
  3. Farmgirl1878
    "Love the coop!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 14, 2018
    Excellent article and great pictures. Very helpful!


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  1. BReeder!
    Nice coop! Still working on finishing touches with mine, although the hens are in it now. I really like your buff brahmas. I have two light brahma hens.
  2. Bigtime1204
    Do you have any plans for this coop de laville?
    Thanks Bob
  3. Scrambles55
    I like the design of your coop and it is the right size. 4x6. Using 2 nest box spaces for storage is very clever. I think we might use some of your coop designs on our new coop. We want our coop a couple of feet off the ground. The space under the coop would be perfect for a broody and her chicks.
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    Thank you! I think my husband did an excellent job for his first build of a coop. We are located in Virginia. Ventilation is most definately needed. Try to make it up high though so that there is no direct draft on the chicks. The windows, doors and back vent all have rabbit wire on them so we can open all doors and windows up in the summer and kept that way overnight and not worry about critters getting to them. I've only lost my rooster to a hawk in 4 years we've had them and they free range in the fenced in backyard all day. The rooster was trying to protect his girls and we couldn't get out of the house and into the backyard in time to save him. Very sad day.
  5. Sadie57
    Love your design. Do you mind telling me what state this is in? We are in TN. and wondered about the amount of ventilation to use.
  6. Galwrestles4fun
    Love what you've done...looking to make a run just like yours, but a bit larger since i already have 10 1/2 chickens (adopted a one legged chicken named Eilean, hence the 1/2). Have you since made any plans for the enlarged version? Would love some building advice. I am worried about snow load here in CT...this is what collapsed my current run's roof,
  7. Fbragato
    I love love your chicken coop. I want to make one just like this for my 4 year old daughter but I don't know where to start from. I found similar or maybe the same design online that sells about $1300, which is way over my budget. I'll be asking same question as another member asked. Would you be willing to share blue-prints? If not, do you know where I can buy it from? Do you know approximately how much does it cost if I want to make one myself? Thanks in advance. Love the coop!!
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    Sduquette, it would be good for 10 since we still have room with just our 8 but not sure about 12. I would probably add another foot or 2 to it if doing 12. Thanks for the kinds words. My husband did a great job. I told him what I wanted it to look like and he did the rest. I had to paint but I think I still got the better of the deal :eek:)
  9. sduquette
    Hi there. My kids found your chicken coup online and we think it looks fantastic! We are looking to build a coup to house 10-12 cickens. Would the size of your coup support that many chickens, or do you feel it should be a little larger? Thanks for sharing all of your pic's and information!
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  11. johnsc22
    Hi there, I'm new to the chicken business. I've fallen in love with our girls and want some more! We had our first egg today so I am extra motivated to do something about it. I really want to upgrade our little coop for a larger one and just love the design of your coop. Would you be willing to share blue-prints?
  12. Bambi Jayne
    Getting some chickens this year. I was looking through all of the coops on this site. Your coop and pen are exactly the sizes I was thinking of. Thank you for sharing the information on how to build it. Nice work! I really like your set up.
    We are thinking of getting about 10 bantams. This size would be perfect!

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