Garden Chicken Coop & Run

By mrstodd · Feb 10, 2014 · Updated Feb 10, 2014 · ·
  1. mrstodd

    Here is the coop that my husband and I built last spring. The coop is 8X10 with 8 foot walls (the roof area is open also) The run is 12X12. It is fully insulated, which we are glad for as it got down to -44C this winter!! Oursix buff orpingtons just love it! (They will be a year old in June) No fighting, no smells - we're all happy :) We have 6 nesting boxes about a foot off the ground and they use every single one! The door on the pen, the door on the coop and all the windows were bought from habitat for humanity. I made the shutters by painting and cutting down and old closet door. The "siding" is plywood made to look like siding that we hammered on in sheets then painted sunny yellow. For bedding I use pine shavings. For winter bedding I use a mix of pine shavings for absorbency and straw for insulation (about 2 feet of it as we did not insulate the floor) We do have a 250 watt heat lamp that I turn on once it gets colder than -20C outside. Id be happy to answer any questions :) Oh! I forgot to mention that we have a battery operated door!

    Thank you for taking the time to look at my coop :)

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  1. 21hens-incharge
    "Missing all the great details of how it was built"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 8, 2018
  2. Nardo
    "Gorgeous scenic pictures"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 2, 2018
    but no plans of how this coop came into being. It looks like a great coop - needs details or construction pics.


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  1. judyki2004
  2. featherweightmn
    Cool knee shot!!!!!
  3. mrstodd
    Thank you chickwhispers! :)
  4. chickwhispers
    Very nice coop! And your Buff is so cute!
  5. mrstodd
    Thank you so much Bogtown Chick for your kind words! I love my girls so much and it makes me happy too that they have such a safe and happy life! Thank you again :)
  6. Bogtown Chick
    I love the colors of your coop. So charming. Love the chickens walking in the sunshine best of all. What lucky chickens you have there... Stretching their legs in the sunshine and a nice place to roost at night. Makes my heart full seeing your pictures.
  7. mrstodd
    hahaha! she does very much remind me of a foreman or union leader like you said. So funny, my family has said the same about that picture. Thank you chickenneighbor for the nice comments :)
  8. chickenneighbor
    Beautiful setup. Nice to have a union leader there to help build up to specs! (Beautiful hen, by the way!)
  9. mrstodd
    Thank you Memphis and PEI chicken! :)
  10. memphis
    Love the shot of the Orp on his knee.
  11. PEI chicken
    Beautiful pics!

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