Jungle Coop

By valarok, Mar 22, 2016 | Updated: Oct 4, 2016 | | |
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  1. valarok
    I started building beginning of 1/8/16 and finished 3/13/16. just working weekends and a few nights. My wife did help hold up the roof beams. I bought material as needed and used discounted lumber when possible. I'm not a carpenter at all, and I had to buy all new tools to complete this project.

    Here's my Jungle Chicken Coop.

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    Size is a 4 x 10. Front is 8 feet and rear is 6 feet tall.
    design inspired from the following coops:

    Taj Mahal / Wichita Knockoff
    The Palace
    Bluegrass Coop

    3D print feeder:http://seregon3d.com/diy/chicken-feeder-3inch.html


    And many many more...

    Update: added lava rocks and river rocks:
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    I'll update this page with more details. But here are the pics and brief details:

    Selecting an area that faces the house.
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    Trying to level an area for the run
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    I wanted to build 2 structures. One for the house and one for the run. Similar to SSLFamilyDad design. I thought it was easy to start.

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    then trying to level the run. I already had brick pavers. So I reused it.

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    Now that the base was complete I started adding the frames. I kept every measurement at 4 ,6, or 8 feet. So the coop is 4 x 4 and the run is 4 wide x 6 long. Front height is 8 and rear is 6.


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    I didn't want a tray to clean, so I went with a mesh floor. Still not sure if its a good idea. Time will tell...

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    I tried to use 16" on center. But that's just an estimate.

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    Used a sunturf roof system. This was a bit pricey. Also Weather stained frame.

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    Palm tree should provide some shade.

    Since I made the coop at 4 feet height, I needed a side door for the eggs.

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    I was lucky to get common board on 70% discount bin at homedepot. Sanded and stained for front wall and egg doors. Looks awesome

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    Some discounted wood. I uses fence wood for the interior roof.

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    1/2 inch mesh everywhere

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    3D printed feeder that connects to a 3 inch PVC pipe: They didn't like it.

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    Deeper 3 Inch feeder: will test soon.
    Link to STL: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1441947

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    I'll be adding a bit more d├ęcor and plants around it. But its secure.

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    I left a large vent for the florida summers. I might make a small cover. But seems fine. I do have a front window also.

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    I'll post more pics soon. Still pending is an Automating door. I only have 2 hens right now. But this can hold plenty more.
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    Lessons Learned:
    Made coop to high. 24 inch to 30 is better.
    3D printed feeder too small
    Create sturdy door frames. First attempt and coop door failed.
    I pre drilled pocket/pilot holes for almost everything.
    Door latches auto lock. So careful not to lock yourself in. I almost did. I was lucky I didn't have all my wire cloth installed.
    Pay a professional if you don't want to learn carpentry. I'm a programmer (now with carpentry skills) :)
    Use protective gloves and eye glasses at all times. Hardware cloth is not easy to work with.

    Hurricane on the way. Hopefully it will be standing after. Will try to anchor down.

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  1. The Bird House
    Nicely done!! Like the natural wood with white accents. We let our chickens out as well with the dog and two cats. Everyone gets along fine ;)
  2. valarok
    One month so far, so good. water and feeder works. I let hens out for a few hours. Dogs seem to like them... not in the food sense. lol
  3. Ballerina Bird
    Love this design -- so practical.
  4. valarok
    I think I might post a page just on lock systems and safety, lol
  5. KDK1
    Oops, I see Brookliner beat me to it!
  6. KDK1
    Drill a hole about 6" above the door latch, attach a string or wire to the latch and feed through the hole to the inside. You'll never be locked in again!
  7. Nardo
    Super job!
  8. valarok
    awesome thanks!!!
  9. sumi
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  10. valarok
    Got my first egg today !!! Also printing a larger feeder. Will post pics once print is done.

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