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Da Chicken Hows

By dahows, Jun 1, 2012 | | |
  1. dahows
    I've been planning to build a coop for a couple years now and remember seeing the Wichita Cabin Coop as well as some others here that inspired my design. I have a small shed in the back yard and figured I'd hang a coop off the side of it.

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    I laid out cement blocks for the foundation.
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    I framed in the hen house on the end

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    I framed in a small cabinet under the nest boxes. I'm sure it will come in handy for something.

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    I also added a small shelf next to the nest boxes. Originally I was going to place a water bucket there but ended up running water from a faucet to an automatic bowl. I figure the shelf will come in handy for the egg basket or whatever.

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    Ripley seems to like it.

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    My helper seems to be wearing as much paint as she put on the walls.

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    The shed needs to be painted to match now...

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    I mirrored the design of the shed doors on the coop doors.

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    Ventilation windows can be closed up during cold weather.

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    I stole some struts off a deckbox we have to hold up the nestbox lid. Yes, my wife wasn't too happy about this.

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    Inside...nothing you haven't seen before.
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    Ring to open the chicken door.

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    In the open position

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    I was going to install chicken nipples but after reading a couple threads here, I decided to go with this automatic bowl.

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    I'm really happy how this turned out and we're looking forward to getting our chickens on Saturday. Many thanks to all who have posted and shared their designs and builds.

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  1. dahows
    @BGeezie - I read someone's post on here that had installed chicken nipples and while the chickens were getting adequate water, they preferred a bowl of water to drink from. Plus installation of the bowl was a breeze compared to the nipples, many posts about nipples from folks on here had trouble getting then installed without leaking.
  2. BGeezie
    I like your design. Please tell me why you picked the bowl instead of the nipple. I'm still working on designs and was going to install a nipple system.
  3. bigchris
    very nice coop!! were did you get the watering system at?
  4. sluggospud
    Nice job! I really like the ring & hook detail for opening the door.
  5. heidiinalaska
    That is one cute chicken coop!
  6. janelle18
    i really like your watering system! Where did you get it from? I
  7. California_chickie
    Great coop! Inspiring!
  8. joan1708
    top notch! beautiful coop. Hope you also have pretty chickens to go in there!
  9. chickenlickin8
    I really like it! Great job!
  10. dwolfwmn
    What a great design! I like how it fits right in with your shed, great job on connecting your roof lines.

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