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Les Trois Poulettes

By Coquille, Sep 27, 2015 | Updated: Sep 27, 2015 | | |
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  1. Coquille
    For Easter I had told my two boys that I will take them to see little chicks. Lucky me the store had some available and we came back home with two little chicks and a coop project to follow....[​IMG]

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    Welsummer & Cream Brabanter chicks
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    After searching online for a prefab coop, I could not find anything that will match with our backyard, strong enough to last and at a decent price.
    The construction project was on, and instead of going to Disneyland for spring break, the kids and I decided to build THE coop.
    BackYard Chicken was a good resource of inspiration, and my drawing took place, well influenced by "Average Gringo's Chicken Coop".
    My goal was to build a self sustainable coop that would allow us to go on weekend or vacation with a minimum maintenance.

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    Coop Location before
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    Starting construction
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    Framing base
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    Galvanized Hardware to prevent from Rodents
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    Gravel fondation to improve drainage and facilitate leveling
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    Door and coop subfloor are mounted
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    Nest box framing
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    Nest box mounted to the coop
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    Vinyl floor is used for easy cleaning, and a removable ladder/roost
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    Our old red wood fence is use for siding and give a beautiful old barn look
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    1/2" Galvanized hardware is use for the covered run
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    Plywood roof sheet is mounted
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    Roof liner to prevent moisture
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    My 10 years old son installing shingles
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    Building the ramp with old fence wood.
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    No door to the coop is need as we live in California. This will leave the hens freedom to go in and out at any time
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    Inside the coop the gown up chicks are exploring their new home
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    Our run is ready to be attached to the coop
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    Outside chicken run in installed
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    Back door access to the coop for easy cleaning directly into the compost
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    Compost box for chicken manure
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    Water supply is a two gallon cooler mounted outside for easy access
    This supplies about two weeks of water for our three hens
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    Water tube goes down to the water bottle
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    Connection to the water bottle
    My initial system was connected to a pvc pipe glued, but I could not get rid of the glue smell
    For a cleaner system, I have used a water bottle and connected the tube with non toxic aquarium grade silicone
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    Two nipple waterer are mounted to the bottle
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    I made the feeder with an 8" to 6" heating duct pipe
    I used an 8" cap upside down for the feeder. The edge is protected by a piece of plastic tube
    No food is wasted and this is two to three weeks supply for our three hens
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    Proud of our beautiful chicken coop [​IMG]
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    Our first Egg!!! [​IMG]
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  1. Coquille
    Got the Cream Brabanter rooster few days old and he became a beautiful bird in four months.
    Unfortunately we had to give him away as he was waking up too many neighbors :(
  2. Cheep N Peep
    Looks like an awesome coop! When did you get the rooster? (third pic from the bottom)
  3. juju7551
    Great job!

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