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By fredsback · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Jul 30, 2012 ·
  1. fredsback
    I kept having this silly notion that I wanted to keep some hens in the backyard to be able to have fresh eggs. I lived on a farm as a kid and always enjoyed having all manner of farm critters around. Since I live in town now, I figured chickens were out of the question. Lo and behold, something just possessed me to google "chickens mobile alabama" and I found out that there was no ordinance prohibiting hens in the city limits (no roosters allowed though). My house is located in a historic area of town though so I'm not sure about restrictions that may be imposed by the historical (aka "hysterical") society. So I figured my chicken coop probably shouldn't attract attention as being out of sync with the period architecture. I decided to modify a potting shed that was already in the backyard that was built originally with the house in 1929.
    I used very little new stuff for the remodel. The wood was in surprisingly good shape for the age of the building. It is all very resinous southern yellow pine. I didn't realize that there might be folks interested in pictures of the construction process while I was remodeling so there aren't many pictures.
    Below is the exterior of the the coop after its transformation

    The windows were actually stored inside the old potting shed and added a nice touch. The coop area is 4ft by 6 ft and the floor is about 2ft above the ground allowing the run to extend underneath for a total run area of 6 ft by 10 ft. The exterior nesting box was for easy access to the eggs as well as to maximize space inside.
    The page wouldn't be complete without a photo of the new inhabitants:

    And to help with predator control we occasionally post a sentry:

    What's the reward for all this fuss? :

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Recent User Reviews

  1. CCUK
    "Looks great"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2018
    Nice thoughtful coop. Looks great.
  2. Hope Hughes
    "The remodeling turned out good..."
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2018
    How did you set up the inside? How do you like what you did? Would you have done anything different?
  3. SavKel&RynKel
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 4, 2018
    Would love a description on material or plans and an update!


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