Hilton Henhouse

By nubs · Apr 20, 2012 · Updated May 20, 2012 · ·
  1. nubs
    It was supposed to just be a "simple" experiment......

    Well, I can't do anything simple, so it became an obsession trying to maximize features and functions in an 8x8 coop. I knew that I wanted to be able to house 30-40 chickens total, so I made sure to design enough nesting boxes, and roosting poles, etc..

    I took the best of what I could research not knowing anything about chickens, and put them all together in this design. Shade ares, ventilation, nest boxes, roosting areas, easy clean floors, electricity, sliding chicken run door, etc..

    The basic design is an 8'x8' coop, with a 7' lean-to overhang for shade, as well as an elevated coop for shade underneath. The design for the maximum number of nesting boxes was the hardest part for me. To make it work, I framed that wall at 12" on center studs instead of 16", this allowed me to not have to work around the 14 1/2" opening, but gave me the 10 1/2" opening I needed for each nest box.

    All in all, it turned out just as I hoped, I even made a small section later on that week for our new Barred Rock hens (3weeks old). I have numerous blueprints, and layouts, cut lists, etc for this coop if anyone is interested in seeing how some of the details were worked out.

    We will hopefully have a good henhouse by this summer, as we are starting with young chickens. Right now this coop houses, 14 Rhode Island Red chics (8weeks old), 4 Polish Chickens (1yr old), and now 12 3week old Barred Rock hens.


    Still needs the barn red stain and trim painted, but that's on my list to finish up soon.

    Leftover tile floor I had, which makes clean-up oh so easy! :D


    Almost ready for the chickens..



    First day in their new place


    Nesting boxes in progress




    New additions, and re-vamped area for separating the chics.


    Update: 5-20-12 Painting is going well. Just a piece of advice though.....If at all possible, you should paint the siding BEFORE you put any trim on. It will save you the aggravation of trying to "cut in" the trim painting. I didn't have much of a choice because I HAD to get the coop done before the chickens got too big for their temporary coop/pen.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nardo
    "Nice coop"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 8, 2018
    But I believe that 30-40 chickens is too many for this sized coop.
  2. mrs_organized_chaos
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2018
    Nice coop overall, but it seems small for the number of birds that the author wants to house there. Plans for the design would be nice if someone wanted to duplicate this coop.
  3. 21hens-incharge
    "Nice coop!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 5, 2018
    About half the size needed for the number of birds in the article as desired population. No pictures of in process building makes this very hard to duplicate. There is just the mention of the extra studs in the nest box wall.


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  1. 31swford
    Love it! Great looking house.
  2. nubs
    When I scanned all the sketches & drawings into the computer, I scanned them as a PDF file,, so I won't be adding those to the page, but if you are really interested in them, send me a PM with you E-mail and I'll send you the file.
  3. nubs
    I'll do my best to get those drawings added this weekend.
  4. Athrawn17
    Would love to see the drawings/sketches with the dimensions, etc. Awesome job!
  5. Roxannemc
    GREAT LOOKING hen house
  6. nubs
    OK, I uploaded the pics into the BYC site, so now it should look good. I have many more pics that I can upload, as well as the drawings and prints I sketched out.
  7. nubs
    ugh... I just realized that it won't let me use the PB img codes. I'll re-load tomorrow, too tired to do it tonight.

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