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By emeded · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Jan 14, 2017 · ·
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    Sara and Andi's Chicken Coop
    Last year (2010) I started playing with an idea of getting some chickens as pets for my kids, as well as to be able to collect some eggs. We decided to go with 3 RIR's with possibility for expansion. I looked on the web to find some good plan that would fit our space requirements and enable us to integrate run as well. As it gets really hot here (California), I wanted to have a coop that also has fully covered run. I run into a design that I liked, and we started building. The costs for material were $320.19. My kids had a lot of fun building this with me.
    Here are some pics of the construction phase:



    Here are the nesting boxes painted in darker color as the chicks like "privacy" while laying the eggs:

    Here is the outside access to the nesting boxes for collecting the eggs:
    Front door with chicks:
    All done:
    The coop long design fits perfectly in our thigh space.
    And the chicks playing in their new house!
    That new dirt is to cover hardware cloth that runs under the coop all around to protect chicks from the predators. It goes down for about 6 inches, and straight for about a foot.

    Since we built this chicken coop we decided also to keep some meat chickens as well. However, we needed to separate those as the feed and housing requirements are different for our old RIR's and Cornish Cross. Not to mention how aggressive our RIR's are toward new comers.
    However, we did not want to go with "batches" of meat chickens because we only have suburban backyard available and no space to house or care for 25 meat chicks! Instead we wanted to have every month 2-3 available for butchering. We probably will eat 2/month and one can be frozen and used in winter season when meat chicks are not available for purchase.
    The only place where we could do accomplish this was in our current chicken coop. To accommodate extra space for 2-3 meat chicks, we decided to board up the area under the coop house, and put hardware cloth on the side facing run. This gave us additional 9+ square feet of space that's isolated from the RIR's. Our RIR's can look at the new chicks, but cannot touch them. Here are some of the modification pics:


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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nardo
    "Eggs and meat"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 31, 2018
    Good article showing how you built this nice coop and run
  2. CCUK
    "Great job"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2018
    Really nice coop. Good pictures and nice to see an update.
  3. Hope Hughes
    "Nice smaller coop!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    This is a great set up. My only wondering is the cleaning process of the ground. Also might be a little small for standards imo. But great job on the layout


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  1. Kluk-Kluk
    Wow, great coop!
  2. lovepeeps
    You did a great job
  3. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the Chicken Coop Picture of the Week. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  4. JalynEvans
    what are the dimensions of this coop. We have 2 Pekins and they are very tall. Having a hard time finding a prefab coop that is tall enough and fits our budget.
  5. WhiteLeghorn2
    Awesome coop. I'd like to build something similar to this some day. But my chickens will be pets/egg producers and I wont be using them for meat. I love the design. I'd would make the coop larger when I make it though.
  6. bantamboy15
  7. Whiber02
    I like it To, but my chickens might smother to death, so I'd need to build a bigger version, still...Its really amazing!
  8. cannonblee
    I want a couple chickens for pleasure and eggs. This looks like a coup I could actually build my self. How can I get the plans? Great job btw
  9. Zephyr
    I LOVE this design! And it looks very 'bird friendly' to boot! I too would like to know where to find the plans for your coop? Thank you!
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  10. Kohhal
    For those looking for plans :
  11. NMhen
    How can I get a copy of the plans? Thanks !
  12. fmccoard
    i would love the planes on the one also if u would please send it to me
  13. ganns
    I really like the simple and easy to build design. im going to try this one for our two chickens...maybe a little shorter. Question. what is the area under the nesting box and what is the red glow...a heat lamp?
  14. fireyshamrock
    If you could send me the design I would love to make that !
  15. FisherMOM
    Fantastic layout!
  16. Little Speckles
    That coop is great, i love it. If you put wheels on it, you could make it a coop tractor..

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