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Dr. Suess Coop

By Stratts, May 1, 2015 | Updated: May 2, 2015 | | |
  1. Stratts
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    We are first time chicken owners. We wanted to have some fun with this.
    The kids decided on a Dr. Suess themed coop. I looked around online and didn't find to many ideas. I am not a big fan of following a plan anyway, so we had to wing this one.
    I wanted to make the most out of every board and sheet of plywood. So I started to lay some boards on the ground and made sure they fit on a half sheet of ply

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    From here I just built the outside and worked out the doors and windows once I had it roughed out.





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    Since It gets pretty cold here in upstate NY we wanted to add a little insulation to the coop. All sides, floor and roof are insulated.
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    Foam insulation for the egg box lid.
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    Next was some primed sheathing on all the sides.
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    We wanted this to be big and bold so the colors had to stand out.
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    Lowes carries this kind of asphalt/fiberglass roofing. The price is right and its easy to work with. The bonus is how light weight this stuff really is. Since its a chicken tractor it needs to be mobile.
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    Next was the door. I used tongue and grove pine and put it on a slant to keep with the theme.
    I added a fake window in the shape of an egg and an adjustable vent above the door. There is another roof vent on the opposite side.

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    Now for the wheels. I decided to use 3/4 bar welded onto some thick angle iron to span the distance I needed. I drilled holes in the bar for cotter pins to attach the wheels.
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    I wanted to add a run to the coop and this would also act as leverage so I can pick up the coop and move it like a wheel barrow around the yard. I have plans to add a hitch so I can tow it with the lawn mower.
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    The fence pickets are cut out with a bandsaw. And to keep with the theme none of them are the same. After the first few shapes I almost ran out of designs.
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    The run is about 8' long and 4' tall. I put 3x2 wire fencing on the tops and sides. The floor is a "floating" design with wire also. I wanted a way to keep out digging predators. I can raise up the floor when I move the coop. If I decide to keep it in one place I will bury some wire in the perimeter around the run.
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    I added roosting 2x4s on the second level. Under the bars and also on the bottom floor is a FRP panel. Its the same stuff on commercial bathroom walls. It wipes down and cleans real easy, I figured this would be a good thing seeing how messy these birds are. I also have enough to do the sides if they get really messy. The steps are temp for now. Since the chics are only 7 weeks they need a little help getting to the top.
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    Overall the project went well. Since It didn't have any square corners it did make it a little annoying to measure and cut things. I still need to add some screens to the widow. The ramp to the ground folds up and seals up the exit. This should also help on the cold nights.
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  1. drumstick diva
    I love your coop. It is so upbeat, I have to smile every time I look at it. Just unique - hope your girls realize how lucky they are to live in it.
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  3. tbatz11
    That is so freaking cool!! Love, Love, Love it!!!!
  4. 21hens-incharge
    THAT is one really cool coop. Nice work there.
  5. Kyzmette
    This is a work of art. Gorgeous!
  6. crazyfeathers
    Love it! Excellent job and so well thought out....
  7. yellowchicks
    This is absolutely adorable! It must be hard to cut all those non-right angle pieces. I and not a Dr. Seuss fan but I love the theme and the colors of your coop design!
  8. Karenbear
    That is adorable!!! Love it
  9. Lotusbud
    A lot of love & happiness went into creating that. Dr. Seuss would be proud.
  10. lovepeeps
    Adorable the cutest coop ever Love the fencing

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