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By Hals7, Jan 11, 2012 | Updated: Jul 30, 2012 | | |
  1. Hals7
    The plan at the bottom of this page shows our backyard coop in suburban Central Maryland. We started with a general purpose 6'X8' utility shed situated in a fenced area between the back door and the vegetable garden. Had we built from scratch, we'd probably still be working on it, given our inexperience as builders. Doing the modifications was fun and challenging. The main features are windows, nest boxes, roosts, and access doors. The family calls it the "Cadillac Coop" because no effort was spared to make this nice home for some lucky layers.

    This coop will hold 12 birds. Plenty of floor space, more than 120" of roosts, four nest boxes and an 8'x16' run that we'll put up in the spring.


    One advantage of using a utility shed is that the 6' ceilings accomodate people too for tending the birds and cleaning the coop. Our overriding goal was to make this coop easy to access and clean. A smaller door within the double doors permits feeding and watering. The double doors only need to be opened for cleaning out the coop. The feeder, waterer and roosts can be quickly removed, and none of the furnishings touches the floor.


    Eggs can be taken from the nest boxes through a door on the outside. The door is double-walled, like the rest of the interior, to keep the coop warmer in the winter. Friends assure us that in Maryland we can overwinter the birds without heat.


    Our son's preschool has agreed to incubate the first generation of chickens at the school as a class project. We can't wait for spring to arrive to finish painting the coop and begin raising chickens!
    Update: August 2009. We took ownership of 12 pullets from our local farm store after our son's school project failed to yield any chicks. They tried twice.
    Here is what the run looks like before the birds ravaged the grass.
    The birds are a mix of Leghorn and Rhode Island Red. Each has faithfully given us one egg a day. One bird died early on, for reasons unknown.
    This summer we made our first batch of deviled eggs. What a joy! Unfortunately we took them to a summer cookout of some new friends who are strict vegetarians. I felt like a young hoodlum sneaking out to the car to sample the eggs while the vegan party raged on inside. On the aside, fresh boiled eggs are much harder to peel than the store-bought variety.


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  1. Celtics33
    Love the way your nest boxes are designed. Plan on using it on my coop. Thanks!
  2. toodlesmom
    We have a nearly identical shed that we are planning on converting into our chicken coop. It was good to see what you have done to make such a nice home for your birds. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Gardengirl73
    Very nice coop. Love the color!!!! Also, I've heard that older eggs make better hard boiled eggs. I think it's the enlarged air cell maybe. 2-3 weeks or around the age of store bought eggs.
  4. Chickenclucker
    Cool story bro!
  5. Susanjoans
    Have been keeping an eye out for a shed like this to remodel for my ladies.
    Would LOVE to see more pictures of how you did it!!
  6. Canadian chicks
    Just an aside for boiled eggs, the reason that store bought eggs are easier to peel is becuase they are older. Fresh eggs are harder to peel then older eggs are. That is the only difference not becuase you bought them from the store. But i love the coop idea and everything its very clean and tidy and looks pretty!
  7. chickenpooplady
    I love it! Congrats on CC-POW!
  8. judyki2004
    Very Nice!
  9. Fentress
    Great skills. I wish I could borrow those while I construct my new coop. Make sure they have plenty of fresh air.
  10. ChickensAreSweet
    Beautiful coop!

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