Log Cabin Coop

By jjak2001, May 3, 2012 | Updated: Dec 20, 2016 | | |
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  1. jjak2001
    This is our log cabin coop: We didn't have any plans drawn out, just put up the first wall and went from there.. In the picture below, Mike is putting the finishing touches on by installing a gutter. We still have to put the hot wire around the bottom of the run and coop, but with the run being completely enclosed with 1/2" hardware wire (we also buried it two feet), I think my girls will be pretty safe! :)
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    This is the beginning stages of the coop. We used pressure treated posts, but not the coop itself because we weren't sure if it would be harmful to the chicks.
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    Thankfully we have an excavator friend who dug a two foot trench around the run and coop so we could bury the hardware wire.
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    After the posts were placed, we cemented them in for extra stability. We just used the quick dry cement bags from home depot. One bag for each post.
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    Every 6 inches is a screw and washer to secure the hardware wire. The entire run is attached in this way.
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    My dog Pudgie enjoying his time with the girls. Thankfully he, or my other dog, a lab, never showed any aggression towards the chicks.
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    We had extra log siding due to the garage we are building, so we decided to make a log coop.
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    We are going to run electric out to the coop, and roof the nesting box lid..
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    We used a leveler to make sure the roosts were perfect. we added a step so they can get up on them easily. There are two roosts at the same height to reduce fighting amongst the hens on who gets the higher roost. We are debating on putting a poop board underneath.
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    We had the heat lamp in for a few days when we first put the chicks outside.
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    This is the side of the coop. We still have to stain it, but so far so good! If you can see underneath the run, we have some stainless steel cups with oyster shell and grit for free choice.
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    The nesting box will have shingles and be stained. two locks one on each side will prevent predators from lifting up the lid to get in.
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    This is the back of the coop, which is attached to the run. We installed a little window at the bottom to make sure the air exchange is adequate in the coop.
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    The girls love their dusting tire. I filled it with 1 part fireplace ashes, 1 part dirt, and 1 part diatomacious earth.
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    This is the view from the coop door.. Two roosts are installed at the back of the run. I just screwed in a few thick branches for a natural look.
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    Here are some pics of the happy chicks and their companion, my pug Pudgie..
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    The chicks seem to like this ramp because they can go in and out of their coop easier. We will install a guillotine coop door at a later time. Right now I don't mind going out there every morning and night to open and close it. I feed them twice a day, don't leave extra food out to attract predators.
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    This is our first time chicken raising, so hopefully our research in building a secure coop has paid off! Thank you all for looking at our pictures!

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  1. Ballerina Bird
    That is just beautiful and clearly so well made!
  2. DianaMallory
    Nice coop! I see you have the same problem I have everything is going down hill here too. You also made the same mistake I made with my first coop. I also had my roof angled to drain off into the run. My second coop I remembered that mistake and corrected it. Nice big run and cute coop!
  3. RezChamp
    Oops. ...."I like that you thought I of so much.".....
    Drop the 'I' after "thought".
  4. RezChamp
    It's well done eh. I like that you thought I of so much. I think the "ramp" has a nice touch on a necessary component.
    Nice one guys.
    Again I say "I'm so glad my wife doesn't go on BYC." I would be in a constant state of refurbishing my coop.
  5. Whittni
  6. Rabbitlover1
    Dude this is an awesome coop! I love it!
  7. geoff40
    The coops I've built aren't that nice looking (pretty nice work by the way) but like you I build them and my runs like a fortress. I've never lost a bird to a predator or dog yet. I doubt you will either.
  8. Wissa38
  9. Lamaremybabies
    Wow. That is a beautiful coop, those are some spoiled chickens. I too live in CT and have Gold SexLinks. They are two months old on the 28.
  10. spartman
    What are the dimensions of the coop?
  11. aart
    HolyHillBuild!!!

    That run is amazing!
    Wondering how it looks 4 years later?
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  13. bcfpilot
    Great Job. Looks awesome!
  14. jpfenimore
    Thank you so much for sharing all of these details of your coop and run. It is beautiful and looks extremely well built!
  15. Scrambles55
    Awesome design!
  16. jjak2001
    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments!
  17. jjak2001
    There are tounge and groove boards for the soffit..
  18. clevetromba
    Did you put in a soffit, or do you have exposed rafters under the overhang of the shed roof?
  19. epeavey1
    That is really a beautiful coop, especially since it is your first coop. Good job
    Ellen from Georgia
  20. Too Fast
    Very nice looking coop. Can you send the guy with the backhoe over to my house to dig our trenches to bury the wire? This is the part of building ours I dread the most. Heavy clay soil in central Indiana. I also like the dusting tire.
  21. CoopersCoop
    This is VERY cute!
  22. judyki2004
    Thats art! love it!
  23. flockoffour
    Love the design!
  24. flappinhappy
    I want to be your chicken WOW that is some beautiful work :D
  25. myyardgirls
    like that coop, and such a great use for challenging hillside...careful when you roof the nesting boxes. we did ours and was quite heavy afterwards. we changed ours and is much easier to open, added a s hook and makes easier to gather eggs and put into the egg basket.. happy chicking!
  26. MsBagawkbagawk
    Very cool coop! I've been wanting to do the log cabin style for a long time. And I love the ramp idea!
  27. calliecutiepie
    Very nice job!
  28. jjak2001
    just mix ashes, DE, and sand in equal parts.. They love it!
  29. TNBEARCHICK
    love it, looks so great hows it working for the chickens.
  30. mo puff
    I made my girls a sandbox for dusting and they love it too. However, all it has in it is sand. I am definetly going to add DE and fire ash. I had NO idea, so I thank you for the ingredients .Is there any proportion guidelines i should know?
  31. epeavey1
    That is a great coop , like the ladder. I also like the dusting area great job. Ellen from Georgia
  32. Acornewell
    Lucky gals! I love the cabin style coop!!!
  33. LoveChickens123
    WOW! SO CUTE people 'round should charge rent
  34. Melabella
    Sick coop and run.... Sorry, have 3 teenage boys... that means awesome coop and run!
    GOod Luck, chicks are cute! I'm in NY, close to CT border. My chicks are 13 weeks now...
  35. jjak2001
    stcroixusvi, that is a great suggestion, we are going to do that! Thank you everyone for your comments, what a wonderful group of “peeps”! It cost a little over a grand to build, including the run. The fencing was the most expensive, but well worth it. No critters getting into 1/2 inch galvanized hardware wire! (At least I hope) :)
  36. Whittni
  37. annek
    What an adorable coop! Great Job!
  38. ChickensAreSweet
    Such a beautiful coop and run! Very hard work put into it obviously!
  39. Amerraucana101
    WOW that is a GREAT coop!!!!! I wish you could come and build one for me. :)
    How much did it all cost to build the coop?
  40. memechick
    Love your coop!! I highly recommend adding a poop board ...... and place Sweet PDZ on the poop board ......... cleaning will be a snap!
  41. BYC Project Manager
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  42. the outdoorsman44
    that is an amazing idea. i'm sure your chickens like it
  43. Garden Tamer
    Great job!! Excellent amount of pics. . .I, too, love that ladder. Good idea, to run the hot-wire on the nesting box. You must have some wicked smart critters out there!!
  44. the outdoorsman44
    that is amazing!
  45. stcroixusvi
    I will also add that your hens will LOVE the space under the coop, especially when it rains. Our chickens rarely go inside except to lay eggs because they have that great covered outdoor space like yours. Nicely done!
  46. stcroixusvi
    Beautiful! I will add that the slope in the run will create a problem once the ground cover is eaten by the chickens. You might want to invest in some terracing timbers, or landscaping timbers to prevent the soil from washing away.
  47. pineneedlefarms
  48. lesgo54
    yall did a great job
  49. chicki-vicki
    I'm borrowing the dusting tire idea - great - added to my collection before we actually begin
  50. BeulahBreezes
    This is awesome! I'd live in your coop! Great job!
    ps...I like the ladder...very creative!

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