Happyhen Chicken House Oandreas Chicken Coop

A gorgeous mobile chicken coop based on the plans in "Raising Chickens for Dummies" Book
By oandrea, Jan 11, 2012 | | |
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    Approx. Cost of Construction- $300
    Featured in the "Raising Chickens for Dummies" Book
    by Rob Ludlow

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    e are so excited to have this gorgeous coop for our little girls!
    When we finally decided to take the plunge and get some pullets for our family we search high and low and researched coops for several months. The one type that stood out to us was the A frame design. My husband poured over tons and tons of different designs and finally just took the plunge (well with a looming deadline since our chicks had hatched and we needed to hurry and get ready for them.)
    As you can see we have a copula on the top of our coop. He is planning on adding a battery powered fan to the copula for added ventilation.
    With this design there are so many options. My friend was designing hers at the same time and also went with an A Frame but she used some prefab roof that is soft plastic (like the recycled plastic that the put on playgrounds kind of) roofing material. It is that same wavy shape as the galvanized steel roofs often used in coop designs. She purchased this at Lowes. We on the other hand wanted our roof to open for easy cleaning so used pine board for our roofing.
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    Above is the basic framing that we started with. We used 2x4 framing studs and cut them in half. He angled the top part so that it would attach to the top frame board for a nice A shape. This dictated to us how large our house would end up being. We have found our chicken house and run to be a good size for the 4 ladies we have right now.
    As you can see on the picture to the left, he also angled the bottom board for cleaner lines.

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    To the right here is an interior view of the house. We built a removable roost to make cleaning easier and to make sure they had plenty of head room. Once they are fully grown we are considering putting in more permanent roosts, but we wanted to make sure they could fit comfortably before making the commitment. You can also see the placement of the nest box here as well.

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    Here is another interior view of the house. The nest box area has not been completed as of yet.

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  1. super silkie
    i love the coop i think i will make one just like it. only one problem you should have made it off the ground to keep chickens safe from snakes i hope the coop is working for you
  2. oandrea
    WOW, I had no clue all these comments were here.
    We lived in DFW when we made this coop. It does get cold but normally not below 15. When it got cold we put alight in the house through the little roof on the top (it opened up as well). That keeps everything nice and warm for the girls.

    We DO NOT have plans for this. But the detail pictures during the build are pretty great!
  3. Sara K
    Yep. They are very social animals.
  4. Pent
    gotsomeo13, you should probably get another; chickens aren't meant to be alone.
  5. gotsomeo13
    cool coop but i only have one chicken i dont need that much space but its realy cool realy realy cool
  6. karenpalmer
    We live in CO and are getting ready to put a chicken coop together. We loved your design bc it looks pretty portable if you want to move it to other parts of the yard...I am also interested in how it works in the winter month though.
  7. DaddyBear
    After looking thru the site my wife chose this design, I built the frame this weekend, still need to finish the siding and build the pen. I did draw up some plans for the frame (based on what I could tell from the pics). The only difference is I am not building the cupola. Great design though.
  8. Pent
    Do you have any basic measurements, like footprint of the house part? This looks like exactly the design I'm going to end up choosing, for appearance and easy access. As far as cutting 2x4s in half, did you have a table saw for that? I've only cot a compound mitre saw at the moment, but hey, if I can talk my fiance into more tools...
  9. 2011finley
    I like this coop could you send me some plans please @[email protected] please this a really nice design
  10. cblakley0531
    This coop is adorable!!!
  11. Snoopy712
    How does this coop work during winter months? And how cold does it get during your winter?

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