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Kathys Coop

By Stevesrh2, May 24, 2012 | Updated: Jun 6, 2012 | | |
  1. Stevesrh2
    I built this coop for my girlfriend Kathy in June 2011. Its been a year now and the coop is a big success. After researching ready built coops for sale and many of the custom coops on this site I decided I would like to design one to fit our location and incorporate some features I had seen in various other designs. I drew it out on some scratch paper and sort of modified it as construction progressed. The henhouse is 4'x4'x6' with a run underneath. I built a large food bin and a gravity fed water system to reduce labor and ensure clean water. All the supplies are stored in a built in side cabinet. Total material cost was approx. $500
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    side view showing storage/nest box compartment
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    front quarter view with everything opened up for cleaning
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    front view, everything open and removed for cleaning
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    Litter tray is 4ft by 4ft lined with linoleum. This is the first time in a year that I have removed it for cleaning
    There is no water in the henhouse so chicken waste dries in the litter. I change litter once per month. My
    original thinking was I would need to change the litter once per week but even after 3-4 weeks there is almost no
    bad smell since everything stays so dry. After 4 weeks there is lots of dried chicken waste and sort of a
    musty chicken smell but I cant smell anything with the doors closed so I've settled on a once per month
    litter changeout.
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    interior trap door is operated from outside
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    food storage containers (scratch and layer feed) and nest box removed for cleaning.
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    ramp from lower run to henhouse. run surface is concrete pavers layed over DG. Walls are raised 1
    inch off the concrete surface to make it easy to spray out the run
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    removeable ramp. All components are removeable. I'm thinking I will paint them a darker color
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    removeable roost ramp and nestbox perch
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    roost detail. roost is removeable
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    feed bin, holds 20 lbs. Chickens are free range so this bin lasts more than a month per refill (6 chickens)
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    side cabinet with everything installed. Yellow water reservoir for automatic water system
    lasts three weeks per refill. Two nest boxes more than enough for 6 hens
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    chicken water nipple located in lower run. There is no water in the hen house for sanitary/smell reasons.
    I installed two for redundancy and reliability in case one fails
    available here: http://www.amazon.com/Poultry-Chicken-nipple-chickens-hatching/dp/B004NEIS1M
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    everything back and fresh pine shavings for litter
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    hen house litter tray removed showing plumbing for automatic water system. Works great and water stays clean
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    Our hens, Dot (light Brahma), Hawk (EE), Lucy (P. Rock),
    Sophie (Australorp), Buffy (B. Orpington) and Blackie (Australorp)

    We raised a total of 13 hens to find 6 that were quiet and non aggressive.
    The seven troublemakers ended up at a friends small farm. What I've
    learned is that troublesome hens (noisy, domineering) is more a
    matter of individual chicken personality than breed.

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  1. Roxannemc
    very nice!Yes more pics
  2. ImportTheBest
    I am really looking forward to seeing more info and pics - it looks fabulous!
  3. ptazsichicks
  4. Stumpy
    Very attractive!

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