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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    Love the look of this! Some idea of the cost to build or what you would do differently (if you were to do it over) would be interesting. I would think building the coop and run on such a steep slope would be tricky, anything special you had to do to build there?
  2. SimplyLivinthatFarmLife
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    What a cute cabin coop!! Wish you had included step by step directions on the build. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the build.

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  1. highpointfarm
    WOW this is the best coop I have seen yet =]
  2. jjak2001
    Aww, thanks! Not finished yet, though.. This weekend hopefully if the weather cooperates!
  3. VannahRAe
    I love it! what kinda chickens are those? (sorry if you said it somewhere and i just missed it lol) your dog reminds me of my frenchie pug mix always out chillin with the chickens lol.
  4. jjak2001
    They are Golden Comet sex links, purchased from tractor supply company in CT.. 7 weeks old and going strong.. Stool sample negative.. I'm paranoid about diseases and predators after reading all the horrible things that can happen!! The only thing with my pug is I can't stop him from eating the chicken poop..
  5. jjak2001
    Oh, we are in the process of running an electric wire around the whole structure as well.. Talk about overkill!
  6. OmeletMan
    Very nice setup. In the process of finishing up my coop too. Im also in CT. Where are you?
  7. Feike
    NICE COOP! I lived in CT North of New Haven, Guilford/Madison area
  8. GreenGirlGrammy
    Excellent coop. The buried wire is so important, but so is the top. You will have many happy days with your safe birds.
  9. Chicken Fresh
    thats out cold!
  10. Rock Home Isle
    I like the style of your coop. It has lots of eye appeal and is also quite functional. Very nice.
  11. jjak2001
    I live in the Southbury/Middlebury area of CT. Been here about a year. I'm liking CT, but I don't like the taxes! :)
  12. Roxannemc
    Must have been a challenge build on that hill but who says a hill isnt good for anything!!....... CHICKENS!!!!
  13. jjak2001
    Well said, Roxannemc, well said!
  14. B J Hopkins
    Looks great to me!1
  15. EggTooth
    Wow! Beautiful and great use of a hill!
  16. upthecreek
    Man O Man what a Set Up !!!! that is Master Work !!! You thought of all the most important things (!!!!!!) that so many forget .
    When i saw that big machine i thought now this guy has got it going on !!!
  17. Rhoise
    VERY COOL COOP! looks almost bear proof ;-) i'm kinda new, is the tire ingredients for dust baths? looks like the girls dig it!
  18. jjak2001
    The tire ingredients is for dust bathing.. I found the recipe somewhere online.
  19. jjak2001
    Thank you everyone for the very nice comments! This is our first attempt at building a coop and having chickens, and I did a LOT of research before starting on this endeavor! (I'm a little o.c.d., can you tell?)
  20. BeulahBreezes
    This is awesome! I'd live in your coop! Great job!
    ps...I like the ladder...very creative!
  21. chicki-vicki
    I'm borrowing the dusting tire idea - great - added to my collection before we actually begin
  22. lesgo54
    yall did a great job
  23. pineneedlefarms
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
  26. the outdoorsman44
    that is amazing!
  27. 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!!
  28. the outdoorsman44
    that is an amazing idea. i'm sure your chickens like it
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  30. memechick
    Love your coop!! I highly recommend adding a poop board ...... and place Sweet PDZ on the poop board ......... cleaning will be a snap!
  31. 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?
  32. ChickensAreSweet
    Such a beautiful coop and run! Very hard work put into it obviously!
  33. annek
    What an adorable coop! Great Job!
  34. Whittni
  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. 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...
  37. LoveChickens123
    WOW! SO CUTE people 'round should charge rent
  38. Acornewell
    Lucky gals! I love the cabin style coop!!!
  39. epeavey1
    That is a great coop , like the ladder. I also like the dusting area great job. Ellen from Georgia
  40. 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?
  41. TNBEARCHICK
    love it, looks so great hows it working for the chickens.
  42. jjak2001
    just mix ashes, DE, and sand in equal parts.. They love it!
  43. calliecutiepie
    Very nice job!
  44. MsBagawkbagawk
    Very cool coop! I've been wanting to do the log cabin style for a long time. And I love the ramp idea!
  45. 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!
  46. flappinhappy
    I want to be your chicken WOW that is some beautiful work :D
  47. flockoffour
    Love the design!
  48. judyki2004
    Thats art! love it!
  49. CoopersCoop
    This is VERY cute!
  50. 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.

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