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Country Chickens Coop

By janelle18, Apr 15, 2012 | Updated: May 3, 2012 | | |
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  1. janelle18
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    This is the basic structure! Our first chicken coop! We started with and old tree house and we have been modifying it to fit the needs of our chickens.This view shows the nesting boxes, with an opening top for easy acess. We closed in the window with chicken wire , we covered the roof with typar and got the shingles at a surplus store for $16.00.

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    This is the inside looking in form the door way/ This tree house is 20 years old so it has had it's fair share of children playing inside and making messes on the wall. To the left is our perches with our removable poop board underneath... the chicks haven't been in here yet, so we will have to see if this works, if not we will adjust.
    **update** the first couple of nights they weren't sure where to roost and I ended up just putting a couple of them up there myself, I also decided to install two lower roosts on the right side of the coop on either side of the window incase the birds were having trouble flying up so high in such a small space.. .Of course after I did that, they started roosting up on the hight roost all by themselves.. they now have a pecking order, 3 on the high roosts, 2 on the lower right roost and one on the lower left roost.
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    the other window we decided to close in and create the chickens exit to the outdoor run. The door is sealed in tightly and can be locked to keep them safe at night![​IMG]
    This is the other side of the coop showing the exit door, and the main door into the coop. This is before we put the man door into the pen on.[​IMG]
    This is the man door into the coop.[​IMG]
    This is the run that comes off the coop. The wire is difficult to see, but it is 4ft chicken wire. The area where we placed it is under a thick pine tree underbrush, which I believe will help the chickens get out of the weather and prevent predator attacks from the sky! The short ladder is the back of the wire, the run is about 150 square feet.[​IMG]
    We put up this little perch to give the chickens a place to get up incase something does get into the pen, or just to hang out[​IMG]
    another view of the run coming from the coop[​IMG]
    Another view of the exit door




    We plan on painting the whole building, I will add more pictures after we have done this. The flooring that you can kind of see in the last picture is some linoleum . I figured this would be easy to clean out and keep the floor boards in better condition. I plan on putting some sand on the floor to make it easy to clean out and hay in the nesting boxes. The chickens are moving in tomorrow *we have 6.

    The total cost of this coop was very cheap. My dad builds ALOT, so all of the wood and screws we had kicking around. Our cost included
    chicken wire- $40.00
    linoleum floor- $10.00
    shingles-$ 16.00
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    Here is the finished coop, we chose to use a stain so that the colour would last longer! As you can see the girls are already moved in and loving their run!
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    Figuring out their ramp.. they are so funny to watch go down it!

    That's it!!

    Any questions just ask! [​IMG]

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  1. Iuvmychix
    Wow! love the coop!
  2. Hooligans7
    Hi, Janelle, good that you know the kinds of predators where you live. I forgot to mention coyotes. A big one was skulking around the edge of the woods yesterday, much earlier in the day than usual, so I know it was hungry. My wife enticed our chickens to go into the coop early so she could lock them up. We have a dog, too, but I'd hate to see her get torn up by a coyote or a pack of them out hunting. We hear them howling every evening just after dusk.
    Nice that there are no four-footed predators where you live, however, the hungrier they are, the bolder they get.
  3. janelle18
    wow! I never got to see my coop make it to the home page! seeing this all now! COOL!!
    Couple comments...
    -We kept our chickens in this coop all summer and had no predator problems at all, we are a hunting family and we have a dog and are far enough from the woods that the animals don't tend to wander to close to the houses. I personally would rather have the trees as cover from sky predators than have no tree's at all. We have hawks and eagles around and the chickens were always safe in my opinion in the run
    -I live in Southern Ontario, which means we get a good winter... My chickens did not live in this coup during the winter, they were moved into the barn with all my other birds.
  4. Hooligans7
    Nice-looking coop, but as some others have said, you really need to beef up security!
    1. I notice you're using standard barrel bolts to secure the doors. I know from painful personal experience that raccoons can figure out how they work in mere seconds. I lost four cockerels in a brutal attack. If you like barrel bolts, buy the kind that is lockable with a padlock.
    2. Chicken wire is ONLY good to keep chickens in, not predators out. I've seen what a medium-sized dog can do to chicken wire -- BIG hole, and dead chickens. It can't stop a raccoon, either. Invest in welded wire ASAP, and be sure the bottom is fastened to the ground at short intervals.
    3. Any enclosures near trees present an open invitation to raccoons, 'possums, cougars, bobcats, and even foxes, and as someone else mentioned, enclosures need to have a top made of welded wire as well. (I lost a fifth cockerel by not doing that.) If the ground is soft and easy to dig, then consider installing bricks, pavers, or steel garden edging along the bottom of the fence line.
    4. Consider an electric perimeter wire. You may get by with chicken wire (though it's still risky) if you use an electric wire. My neighbor had to install a higher wire in addition to a low wire, because a raccoon got past the low wire and made it over the fence. It would have been really bad if he hadn't have been there with a rifle. He couldn't risk hitting a chicken so fired a shot in the air and the raccoon fled.
    Bottom line: Predators will exploit ANY weaknesses in your coop and runs, therefore, try to think like a predator when improving the security of your chickens' living quarters.
  5. 16 paws
    Beautiful job on the coop. I wish I had a bigger area to let my chickens out but I chose to put a top on the chicken run after reading about all the preditor attacks on this site. I see hawks watching my chickens..
    Marie from Vista, Ca
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  7. jenfarsh
    Greatcoupandrun!Ilovehowthepinetreesarejustrightforthelargerun
  8. NotSuperWoman
    Thank you for sharing this. This is pretty much exactly what we want to build :) And I appreciate all the comments with suggestions. But I think for what you had to work with and your budget/money spent you ended up with an amazing coop for your happy chickens!!!
  9. Carol.in.WV
    I have been looking at chicken coop and designs for months (years even) and this is one of the best I've seen from the chickens point of view. I have yet to understand the need for a ramp as even my silkies who can't fly manage to get 4 feet or so off the ground to roost. Roosts and nest boxes on or close to ground level are NOT what chickens want. A droppings board is a good idea but in the future I would not use wood or at least not rough unpainted wood (ever try to clean it?) I would use fiberglass, or bathroom paneling or some such smooth surface and scrape it with a wide putty knife daily. The droppings went into a large 30 gallon trash outside the coop with some holes in the bottom and the lid off so the droppings turned into compost for our garden. While my chickens were in the coop I had a broom, dust brush, putty knife hanging on the wall as well as DE in a shaker, a heat lamp for the waterer and paper towels ans a trash can, as well as an old chair so I could sit and watch. Eventually we covered the floor with linolium and that was a blessing. Sand is very good although a bale of hay is good too as it gives them something to pick at and keeps them occupied if you are not letting them out due to bad weather. We installed roosts of stair railing at different levels and of course all that could roosted up next to the roof. We removed the 4 windows and covered the opening with hardware cloth and all were well and healthy until a weasel found a crack and wreaked havoc at which point the birds refused to use the coop so now it is a tool shed and the birds sleep on the porch in dog kennels and pet carriers that have sand in the bottom, while I try to come up with something else nearer the house. The only change I would make to your coop is to paint and caulk the inside throughly so there is no place for mites to live and to make is so you could hose it out and disinfect it a couple times a year. Congradulations on using what you had and spending so little money!
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