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By loriensmom · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Jul 30, 2012 · ·
  1. loriensmom
    Woodcliff Solar Chicken House
    We had been thinking about getting chickens for a quite a while (to eat the hords of grasshoppers, make better compost, and EGGS), so decided to order chickens from a nearby state chicken hatchery. We received 13 Silver Laced Wyandotte's in early June and as each day passed and they grew bigger, we knew we needed to get that chicken house built!!
    We started building in July and just finished the end of September. This coop was built entirely from recycled or reused materials, excluding concrete and hardware. We had a lot of beetle dead pine trees on our property. My husband and son spent 3 long weekends felling and moving the trees to the mill setup area. We hired a fellow with a portable mill to make those trees into lumber. Consequently, all the wood for the coop was either our milled trees, felled trees or collected scraps of wood stored in our woodshed. We discovered a Habitat for Humanity recycled architectural materials store where we got our doors, windows, paint, hinges, and the like. We like it so much we volunteer there every week (a good way to watch for the interesting stuff). We chose a passive solar design for the coop since our home utilizes passive solar and works really well!

    Completed Chicken Coop

    Specifications, drawings and materials

    Masonry tools for berm wall and wall specifications

    Clearing the area for the poles and foundation
    Poles and roof joists
    We had to paint every piece of milled lumber and the felled trees because a fungus resides with the beetles in the pine trees and we wanted to make sure we protected the surface of the wood-this was a lot of extra work

    Laying the berm wall

    Adding walls, door and window

    Adding another door and more windows

    The Flying Chicken House
    Well, actually the temporary tarp roof--we had so much rain during July and August, the tarp was essential

    Add siding and more paint

    Chickens waiting for their coop to be finished

    Chicken door, concrete ground barrier, side berm wall

    Details of concrete ground barrier

    Beginning the roof

    Last sheet of roofing

    Back berm wall, insulation and ceiling

    Removing cactus from the chicken run

    Chicken yard (run) with cactus removed, more outside green paint
    and a chicken in the yard

    Chickens checking their incomplete house--we got them into the coop near midnight one night-- they couldn't take that wire cage anymore!

    The shingles are on and the roof is finished--all are leftover or freecycle shingles

    Nesting boxes and the ladder to the roosts
    Sun warming the house

    Steps and Tibetan Prayer Flags are added--
    The coop is complete!!


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  1. sssharon
    Very nice, looks great! It looks really nice inside and outside!
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  3. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the Chicken Coop Picture of the Week. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  4. Chipper Chicken
    This is such a nice coop and build explanation. I looked at it a long time ago but now that I'm a member (;~>) I can say so! Thank you. I love the Tibetan prayer flags too!

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