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By FalcoOat, Jan 11, 2012 | Updated: Jan 16, 2017 | | |
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  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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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.

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