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

    side view showing storage/nest box compartment

    front quarter view with everything opened up for cleaning

    front view, everything open and removed for cleaning


    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.

    interior trap door is operated from outside

    food storage containers (scratch and layer feed) and nest box removed for cleaning.


    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

    removeable ramp. All components are removeable. I'm thinking I will paint them a darker color

    removeable roost ramp and nestbox perch

    roost detail. roost is removeable

    feed bin, holds 20 lbs. Chickens are free range so this bin lasts more than a month per refill (6 chickens)

    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

    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

    everything back and fresh pine shavings for litter


    hen house litter tray removed showing plumbing for automatic water system. Works great and water stays clean

    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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Recent User Reviews

  1. N F C
    "Attractive Coop"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 13, 2018
    I like how the various pieces are removable for easy cleaning. A very attractive coop.
  2. SavKel&RynKel
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2018
    Would love a few more details on the build.
  3. MROO
    "Great Coop, Clear Pictures and Commentary"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 1, 2018
    This is a really well done article on a very well made coop. The pictures plentiful and are clear; the comments are, too. The pictures of each of the separate pieces and how they go together are especially helpful. Kudos!


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  1. N F C
    Nice building work, looks like it will last a good long time.
  2. Roxannemc
    very nice!Yes more pics
  3. ImportTheBest
    I am really looking forward to seeing more info and pics - it looks fabulous!
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    Very attractive!

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