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Coop, there it is

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  1. hydroswiftrob
    Introducing, "Coop, there it is." The name was picked by a contest I ran on Facebook giving away 1 dozen fresh eggs to whoever came up with the most creative name. This is what I chose.
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    The story behind building this coop:
    My wife decided she wanted to paint our house, but didn't want to invest the money to paint it and not like the color. Thinking out loud, she said, "I wish there was some mini version of our house that I could see the color on first." Enter me, always looking for a project. I told her, "What if I build a miniature version of the house (similar siding, trim, roof angles, etc) and we paint it the color you want? If you are not happy with the color choice, it will be an easy redo, and a whole lot less expensive." She agreed. Then I proceeded to tell her that miniature version would be a chicken coop.

    The next two weeks I hardly caught a wink of sleep. All I could think of is design layout, cost, where to get scrap/cull lumber, what to upcycle/recycle. Finally after collecting some cull lumber, I decided to build it off the cuff and let it go from there. No plans, no drawings, I just knew that I wanted it 8x12, and I would start from the foundation and make it up as I go. I also wanted to keep everything dimensional to lumber standards to create less waste. After the whole project was complete, I had enough waste to fill up a 55 gal burn barrel. That was all.

    I wanted my foundation raised, because as you can see, we have no trees on our property and they need to get some shade somehow.


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    The height of the walls were determined by a truck load of cull wood I bought a HD on clearance.

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    Th pitch of the roof turned out to be a little steeper than I had planned, but I wanted to be able to walk upright in the coop.

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    I am on the right, I am 6 ft. tall. This gives you and idea of the height of the coop.

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    Custom built, insulated door.

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    My wife decided the chicks needed a swing. This was built ENTIRELY out of scrap/cull wood.

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    Nesting boxes to go in the coop.

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    Nesting boxes painted with leftover paint I had laying around.

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    Interior walls and ceiling going in. The entire coop was insulated.

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    Siding and trim installed.

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    First look at the color choice. My wife loves it and wants the house painted NOW!

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    Had to hang the swing to look at it.

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    The first look at it with the stairs on it. The one part I was dreading. I had never installed stairs.

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    The roost. I wasn't happy with it. It looked unsightly with the rest of the coop. That is the reason it was left unpainted. I will go back to the drawing board with this.

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    The roost and window. Notice the tile floors. These were clearanced at HD. They didn't have enough of either color, so I had to do a design. White around the edge; brown in the middle.

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    Ceiling vents, three in all, with an eave vent on each end.

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    Nest boxes sitting in the coop.

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    PVC self-feeders mounted to the interior wall.

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    Finally, a sign that my wife surprised me with to hang on the coop.


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    What's left:
    - Redesign roost.
    - Landscaping (shrubs and flowers)
    - Gutters to collect rain water and fill the water feature I am building in the run
    - Fence off an area for a run, letting the only free range while we are around.
    - Hanging pictures, dishes, and various decor my wife has bought at thrift stores/ second hand stores.

    This whole project was extremely fun. I am not a carpenter or in the construction business by trade, so anyone can do this.

    If I could figure out how to make a living building these, I would do it in a heartbeat.

    Now to the cost. A lot. Double my budget (eeck). I will not discuss the price tag, but I can give you an idea of cost per square ft, materials only. All the work was done by me and a friend that would come over and help. I paid him in fresh eggs and beer.

    If you have any questions about any part of the construction, I will gladly answer them. I have many more pictures and I might not have included something that you need an answer for.

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  1. KDOGG331
    Awesome coop!!!
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  3. vegaome
    You did a heck of a good job there, well done.
  4. Sandywitch
    I have a husband. However, if he doesn't go along with what I have in mind for a chicken house, I may be in line too! LOL!!! (Just kidding!) I particularly like the size of this one. It seems most people "only want a few" chicks. Then they find out there is a minimum order. Then they get their first chicks and decide they can't live without more, ect....... I'd like to start with a fairly big one to begin with! However, knowing my hubby, I'll be lucky if I can get a box out of him. He was a rough carpenter when I met him, but now he's an engineer! He wants to build US a house in our woods. Maybe if I tell him I want to see a miniature of the house he plans to build for us FIRST!!! I think if you painted the roosts they would fit in, but that may make them slippery. Maybe if you painted them and added a strip of non-skid material across each one.
  5. hydroswiftrob
    Thank you for all the wonderful comments!

    @Bullitt -I honestly don't know the exact figure of cost; I really don't want to know. lol I am going to say 1500.00-1600.00 roughly.

    @bilsie - They use all of the nest boxes, but each day only two holes are used, but it is never the same hole two days in a row.

    @Wednesday - Sorry, I think she is going to keep me around for a while.

    @Shabana - This spring I plan on doing the landscaping, etc.. I held off because I wanted to see the functionality of it. I have added a fence around the perimeter.

    @christine9 - The self feeders have not worked so well. They tend to make an extreme mess with them and waste food. I have not added food in them since the spring and have went to feeding them outside. When winter gets here, I will probably fill them back up.

    To everyone else - If I could make a living doing this, I would do it in a heart beat. I have had two people come to look at it for design ideas and question me on the build.
  6. Shabana
    Beautiful coop bet your chickens are loving it ! Bet the water feature and planting will soften it all. Please post pics when you've done them, id love to have a look :)
  7. cluckermomofsix
    Agreed...you should make this your DAY job!!!
  8. bilsie
    Wonderful job. Thanks for all the pictures and documentation. I am wondering if the top nesting boxes get used, or do they all lay their eggs together in the bottom row?
  9. christine9
    Wow! I love it! You did a fantastic job. I love the self-feeders. I'm definitely adding that to mine. Beautiful job.
  10. kitmarlowescot2
    Nice house, your rooster must be happy know to have 25 pullets to court.

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