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By FalcoOat · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Jan 16, 2017 · ·
  1. FalcoOat
    Our Fargo, ND Coop Project
    We were thrilled when we found out that our city allowed chickens. Of course after almost finishing our coop we received a visit from our developer with a list of covenants we were unaware of. It looks like we will have to change our colors, and then probably go to court to fight to have chickens.
    I started by figuring out the best place to put the coop. I liked the area of enclosing it with a low fence so we could create a big vegetable garden and then let the chicks roam on occasion after the vegetable season was over.
    I drew up plans in Adobe Illustrator. Having never built anything like this, I tried to be as detailed as possible. I relied heavily on the design of the Wichita Cabin for our coop. I thought it was the perfect combination of what we needed, and would fit into our residential environment. The hardest part was making it fully insulated as well, including the nesting boxes that hang off the main body of the coop.

    The building process involved sinking 4:4x4s into the ground with concrete. Because of the high winds here, we wanted to make sure it was very stable. I wanted to paint most of the wood frame since it is untreated. we used 1/4" plywood and fully insulated and sealed gaps with foam spray. We used shingles on the roof and plan on using hardware cloth for the screened-in part, and trimming everything with 1x4s. Once that is done we will install a 3foot high fence around the entire coop as well as a 400sq ft garden area.
    to be continued...[​IMG]

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nardo
    "Good details"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 1, 2018
    Nice job. I'm a little worried above flying predators.
  2. Hope Hughes
    "Awesome diagram for the build"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2018
    This is a beautiful coop. Love the inside paint job! Have you finished it ? Did the girls enjoy it as much as we did? Would love to see the finished product.
  3. mrs_organized_chaos
    "All in the details"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 5, 2018
    This coop looks professionally built and fits nicely in a city environment. The details of the measurements and plans were easy to read and make it nice if anyone would want to copy the design for their own coop.
    Hope Hughes likes this.


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  1. FalcoOat
    wow, thank you everyone for the wonderful comments... i didn't realize they were here until today! i actually ended up building the coop as a 6x12 instead of 5x10, since we wanted to have 5 chickens. they seem pretty happy! we have had an 'active' coop now for a full year, and have yet to recieve any complaints. we are on good terms with all our immediate neighbors, and although a couple of them were not as enthusiastic, they seem to be fine with them. we did end up giving up our BEST layer, a Buff Orpington, because she was so loud, and all day long! we found a wonderful flock for her just outside the city where she is very happy. the above picture is our Silke 'Peep' who we adore! she is the best of the flock. and today we are slated to get 3 more... a black Silke, a Sultan, and a Black Copper Maran. i can't wait! Backyard chickens are the best pets ever!
  2. Horseychicken
    how many chickens does this fit?
  3. jadoremesfilles
    I can relate to the covenant issue - our city allows chickens, but there's a covenant in the neighbourhood (from 50 years ago) not allowing livestock. We've gotten away with it so far by having terrific neighbours who we're friendly with, plus having good hedges and fences which make it invisible from the street (more difficult where you are - not a lot of cover!). So... nobody's told on us yet. Plus, neighbours three doors down have done the same thing. The time for change has arrived!! Persevere, fellow chicken lovers! :)
    P.S. The most stylish coop I've seen so far - nice job!
  4. ChickEngineer
    I too used the Wichita Cabin for my basic design. The Chick Palace was simpler, don't have to worry about the winds and cold winters here on the left coast. You did a very professional job.
  5. Rhoise
    Awesome coop!
  6. unkajoah
    VERY well done. You will have some happy birds.
  7. ConnorMayasMom
    All I can say is WOW!!! So tastefully done!
  8. laughingdog52
    A beautiful coop. I love that design too. You have some lucky chickens. Good Luck!
  9. chicken pickin
    Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Super cute!
  10. Onna
    Lucky Chickens, Lucky Neighbors, Lucky you. So are you going to be aloud to keep chickens ? I see you have one good for you. Oh what state do you live in Looks so much like my home state of Kansas. But then most Neighbor hoods look so much a like when there under constriction. Keep up the good work.
  11. BeulahBreezes
    Beautiful both INSIDE AND OUTSIDE!
  12. chubbiechicken
  13. bunchickaduck
    Wow, so cute I might move in with the chickens! Make sure to update us on the neighbor/zoning issues. Many of us fight this battle!
  14. Daloorashens
    very cool!! how is it going with changing the covenants?
  15. California_chickie
  16. Iridian
    Wow, I absolutely love this coop! I wish I could fly you down to Cali and have you build one for me :) In a year or so, I plan on building my dream coop and this one comes very close, only difference is some sizing to fit the side yard. Well done!
  17. tracylo09
    What a beautiful coop, nice work!
  18. tapre
    Beautiful coop!! I think the paint was a lovely touch. What type of chicken is that? A silkie?
  19. chookwhisperer
    That is a beautiful interior, your chickens will be delighted!
  20. QueenBeeMom
    How cute is that chick too? I was just thinking to myself "funky interior walls" (love), and then there was that funky chicken! You are doing an awesome job! If I were your neighbor you'd never get rid of me- I want to have tea in a chair nearby.
  21. Minniechickmama
    I love the inside. WAY cool!
  22. cluckychucky
    As a graphic designer, I am (of course) impressed with the best use of Adobe Illustrator, ever. That being said, this is cutest coop I have seen yet to boot.
  23. judyki2004
    must say wow! talking about interior design painting!
  24. chickmama1662
    Good job. Are you putting hardware cloth inside the picket fence to keep them in? Also, they might be able to fly over the 3' fence when they grow up. Just a thought.
  25. Hawkeye95
    I loved the orange outer, but the new siding is also very beautiful too! Very nice coop! I would love to wake up looking at that in the morning. :) Congrats on the POW win!
  26. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. 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.
  27. mabhera
    It's so beautiful that no one should complain.
  28. LittleSticks
    Nicely done! You'd think your neighbors would be happy to have something to look at! lol
  29. The Accidental Coop
    What a beautiful coop!
  30. En Plein Air Farms
    Well done you!!!

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