Detroit City Garage Chicken Coop

By Anny · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
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  1. Anny
    Detroit Chicken Coop
    I didn't grow up on a farm, I grew up in Ann Arbor and moved to Detroit in 2006.

    The plan for my chicken coop was to have it contained inside my detached garage behind my house, with a run outside of the garage. This way I could build it for less money (since I would build into the corner) and it would be easy to maintain in the cold long Michigan winters.
    Below are some very rough drawling of what I wanted my chicken coop to look like:
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    I was able to find a bunch of 4 foot 2x4's for really cheap from a recycle reuse center. Originally I was planning on making the coop 4ft x4ft, but decided to opt for a larger coop of 6ft x 4ft. Since bigger is better ];)
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    This is the location in the garage we plan on building the coop.
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    Here is my Dear loving boyfriend helping me out since I was having some issues. ( I was using nails that were to short is what we figured out)
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    Heres is the floor in the corner, with the flooring on it. The Flooring is that sticker type floor that comes in 12" by 12" squares, I was able to find some that was only 30 cents a square.
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    We build the frame planning to use the two garage walls as part of it, I might try to do this some how differently if I were to do it all over again, since it was hard to attach these to the garage at first. I think it could have been easier with a little more planning.
    As you can see we also raised the coop off of the ground, this will make it easier to clean, and off the cold cement. I plan on insulating the coop since Michigan has some cold winters.

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    Nesting Box
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    We ended up adding a window here instead to let in light, we also cut away that board blocking the window, I don't know why anyone would cover up a window like that.

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    Chicken Pop Door
    Originally I wanted to have a sliding door that opened from the inside, (like in Seachicks coop) but that seemed to be to hard...and complicated so we made this door instead. Which I love, the colors match out house.
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    See it Matches!

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    In 2009 we decided to make the run larger. The run is now 12 feet by 18 feet.


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    We used a closet bar for one of the roost which you can see my boyfriend installing in the above picture
    My loving boyfriend was nice enough to put on long pants and a long sleeve shirt in the hot heat and humidity of Michigan summer to put up insulation for the chicken coop. And then we put scrap left over 1/4 plywood over it.

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    Putting in the finishing touches before the bedding goes down.
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    This is the very first picture I took of the girls in their new coop, just hours after I brought them home.

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    Things I Would Change
    Even though I JUST finished my coop I can think of a few things I would be differently if I had to do it all over again:
    1. I would make a formal plan, with sketches and measurements all drawn out. This would have saved us a few head aches.
    2. I think I would have a guillotine style door since it would be easer to close and open form outside the coop, and could keep draft out better.
    3. I would have planned for the Deep Litter method, making the door hight off the ground so pine shaving don't end up all over the run.

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  1. 4cluckers
    Hi!
    I wanted to do something like this since my town prohibits accessory structures for farm animals. Unless you have 3-5 acres of land. I live on one acre. I wonder if this setup would "fly" Especially if the run is out the side. In my case I would use privacy fencing to keep things "private". Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea. Carolyn
  2. Fred the Hen
    I am new here but I am so glad I found your coop here. This would work inside or out. The best part is when you shared what you would have done, regarding the door off the floor a bit more and the slider exit verse the pop up door. Thank you very much. Tammy
  3. Jenismyname
    I live in Central Illinois and I really want to make a coop similar to yours. I love all of your ideas and it seems very cost friendly. Thank you for the ideas!

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