Dallas Urban Coop - Single Slope Design

By valerie5425 · Nov 9, 2016 · Updated Nov 9, 2016 · ·
  1. valerie5425
    My coop took about 3 weeks. I designed and built it myself (37yo woman) with no help at all. Literally none. And it's the prettiest coop I've ever seen!


    Built/planned for 4 hens. It's 4' x 12'. Coop is 4x4 and raised 24" above ground. 6' tall.
    Total cost - approx $800

    Screening - bottom 2' is hardware cloth, top 4' is welded wire fencing
    Bottom run framing - treated 2x4
    Run framing (including roof) - 2x3 and 2x4 for the corners and top framing
    Coop floor - 3/8 plywood covered in linoleum tiles
    Coop framing - 2x3
    Coop walls - underlayment
    Roof - 6x2 corrugated aluminum
    Coop base and roof risers - 4x4
    Exterior trim - 1x3 trim boards
    Window - 18x24 plexiglass
    Roost bar - 2x2
    Other random things: hinges (door and nest box door), latches, screen door turnbuckle, door handles, paint.

    Other notes:
    • Nest box door purchased at Habitat ReStore - $3
    • Screen door - $30 @ Lowes
    • Coop access door - cut 3'x3' hole in wall material and framed with 1x2s
    • Two boxes of 2 3/8 deck screws
    • Ramp - scrap wood
    • Run floor and coop bedding was all-purpose construction sand poured directly over grass - I have since changed to pine bark in the run and fine pine shavings in the coop
    • Nest box is a lidded plastic storage box with front entry - none of my chickens use it! They lay in the corner (whatever!)
    • PVC Gravity feeder attached to back coop wall to be filled from outside.
    • Cat litter bucket, clear hose connected to PVC nipple waterer at rear of coop.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. FlappyFeathers
    "Love the Simplicity"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2018
    Beautiful... you should be proud! I think there's plenty of info here to replicate this design. This is one of my favorites and I even used this page for ideas in building my own coop.
  2. Chillinwitmypeeps
    "More details needed"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 17, 2018
    Article contains many attractive pictures of the coop and a rather exhaustive materials list but not much in the way of construction details
  3. sumi
    "Need more pics and details"
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018


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  1. Good Enough
    Very pretty- great job!

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