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Growing flock needed more headroom and elbow room

By chikkenfriend, May 4, 2014 | Updated: May 4, 2014 | | |
  1. chikkenfriend
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    We have a small tractor coop that our girls quickly outgrew. So, armed only with the idea of something 'bigger', we set out to build our own. Here is how it went:

    Frame 2x4 with braces. 4' wide x 8' long x 5' 6" tall without wheels
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    Plywood sides, nest box and floor. Windows on three sides, full size door for us, wide double doors in back. We had lots of help as it was 'all hands (claws) on deck!'
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    As you can see, our girls moved in even before it was built. Hex wire, galvanized supports, hinges, latches, etc. Some paint along the way...
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    Here are more finished pictures and the small tractor that we outgrew:

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    It was a lot of work, but well worth it. We even had fun with it. Best wishes to all!

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  1. chikkenfriend
    Thanx, Mountain Peeps!
  2. Mountain Peeps
    Oh my wow!! I love it!!
  3. chikkenfriend
    Coyotes don't mess with our coops. Skunks and raccoons have attacked several times and have done no damage. I know hardware cloth is tougher but I was trying to stay within a reasonable budget and hardware cloth is not available in 4' widths down here. Don't know why.

    If you can find/afford it, definitely use hardware cloth.
  4. Brookliner
    Hardware cloth 1/2" will keep predators out. Raccoons, opossum, rats, coyotes, domestic dogs, weasels, skunks will go right through chicken wire (hex wire).
  5. ChemicalchiCkns
    Be aware that chiCken wire does not prevent serious predations.
  6. chikkenfriend
    Added pics of the other side and of the other coop. Thanx for your reply!
  7. chikkenfriend
    Thanx! I googled chicken silhouette, enlarged, printed, put masking tape on coop, taped pic onto tape, cut them out, peeled the cut, painted, then peeled the rest. Not too hard but the cuts were hard on my arthritic hands. Took about an hour each side. Two hens on nest box, two hens on opposite side.
  8. Lancsgs
    Looks great! Where did you get the chicken stencil for the outside of the nesting box? Or was it freehand?

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