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Kindergarten Coop

By mikemon, Sep 6, 2012 | Updated: Sep 6, 2012 | | |
  1. mikemon
    My children's kindergarten teacher wanted a chicken coop like the Wichita Cabin Coop, but bigger. I, with some help from other parents, built her one.

    As part of building the coop, I made a fairly complete sketchup model.

    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=9010d4eb60ad71ef6b5582183c96e2f

    These pictures are after construction is complete, but before the staining was finished, and before the arrival of the chickens.

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    To cover the roof of the nesting box, I used rubber roof flashing left over from work done on the roof of the school. It is really similar to rubber pond liner. I glued it down using rubber cement after installing the hinges.

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    I built the windows from scratch and screwed the plexiglass into place.

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    This is the inside view of the nesting boxes; the board in front holds the nesting material in place and can be taken out for cleaning.

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    I bought round closet rod for the roosting bars and built the brackets. Then it occurred to me that the chickens would probably prefer that their roosting bar not turn.

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    The nail in the bottom of the trough is to keep the roosting bar from turning. There is a matching hole in the end of the rod.

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    Please contact me if you have any questions. I am happy to help.

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  1. Susique333
    I wish you lived close, Id pay you good to build me one!!! Incredible!!
  2. emarketwiz
  3. TROPIC HENS
    I love the way cedar looks! I bet that cost a pretty penny. You did a great job!
  4. Luziadovalongo
    I love it. I'm showing my husband right now that I want this for my 2nd coop.
  5. Sally Sunshine
    great craftsmanship!
  6. mikemon
    I used cedar 2x6s for the wood against the paving stones that I used as a foundation. For the framing, I used 2x4s and a few 2x6s; they were mostly hemlock and a couple of them were fir. The siding and all of the trim is cedar. The floor of the coop is some extra cedar decking that I had left over from something. The windows and nesting box I built out of pine shelving. Everything was from HomeDepot and Lowes.
  7. Heartforchickens
    A beautiful work of art and function. The wood is gorgious. So much detail and thought went into it obviously.
  8. TROPIC HENS
    Great job! I can't wait to finish mine. Hope those kiddies enjoy the coop and their soon to be aquired chickens! I was wondering, what kind of wood did you use?
  9. raygirl4386
    this is very nice!!! that is one very lucky teacher
  10. PEI chicken
    Expert job - finished to the nth degree! Even the edges of the wire are covered! I'm impressed!

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