There is a pic of the nesting boxes in the corner. I made a ramp for them to use if they want to get up to the second row of boxes
Here is the big set of roosts
I made some window perches or roosts and put chicken wire mesh over the window so we can open the windows in the summer time and use the screens but then they can't get to them.
A better look at the roosts and the entry way.
I just need to build the door now!
I would like to start by saying that when I build something, I never under build! I am a contractor by trade and own my own business. When we started this project I had one thing in mind, make it as large as we can to accommodate future birds and make it look decent from the street. I didn't want to throw something together that looked gaudy from the road. I took a simple design concept and added exterior elements to make it unique.
The overall dimensions of this coop is 12'x16'. The walls were 2x4 framed on treated bottom plate attached to an existing concrete pad on our property. The roof was framed with 2x6 rafters with a 2x8 ridge beam. 1x4 wall and roof purlins. Antique bronze steel roof and 36" steel wainscoting around the entire outside perimeter. Soffits were trimmed out with 3/8" rough sawn plywood and all fascia was 1x6 cedar. I added a 1x3 cedar sloping ledge above the wainscoting to help water run off. The corners were trimmed with 1x4 cedar as well. On the 2 gable ends I used 12" on center board and batten vertical siding and on one of the eave sides as well. On the front I used rough sawn cedar shakes. Fortunately for us I had the shakes left over from a job and I had JUST enough to do this! I had the 3 vinyl windows saved from when we remodeled our house but I did have to buy the door.
I was originally planning on free ranging my chickens, but we have a lot of coyotes, hawks, owls etc. And honestly, Im not sure I even trust my own Beagle! She's a good dog but I don't know! On top of these risks, my wife really doesn't want the chicken poop all over the yard.
There is a little bit of trim work to be done on the outside and the inside has to be insulated and trimmed out for the occupants but today its windy, snowy and only about 18 degrees! I will update this as I finish the outside and inside and get it painted! Thanks for looking I was really excited about sharing this on here!
"Framing has begun"
"Up goes the ridge beam"
"Lots of progress!"
"All closed in!!!"
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