Lots of reading before I designed this one.

By Empty Nesters · Jan 29, 2014 · ·
  1. Empty Nesters
    Love this coop! The nesting boxes hang over the fence so they can be accessed without going into the run. I can store, access and feed from here. There is a door so that I can let them out into the main yard if I want to. Our beagle would love that. Notice the flap covering the linoleum covered floor. My compost heap is just to the right of this picture. (See below)
    Some shingles and it's done!

    I have a small chains that holds up the nesting box lid, doors and window flaps.

    My yard is surrounded by a 6 foot block fence. Our Beagle patrols for predators.
    I had to beef up the fence at the bottom by cutting 24" sections of the roll fencing and making a "C" toward the outside of the fence.
    I hooked the 4 ft sections together and now it looks like I have razor wire at the bottom LOL.
    I weighted this with concrete blocks so said beagle can't lift it or dig under it.
    We have bird netting over the top of the run.
    I live in San Tan Valley, AZ (AKA Phoenix area) and it gets hot here so the coop can be vented high up.


    Flap covering the removable floor. 4 inch clearance.
    I will trade out the stabilizer jacks for pier blocks when I get them.

    Back doors open like an armoire. I have full access to every inch of the coop.
    The "ladder" (piece of wire, closet shelving) goes up to the roost.
    My girls love being WAY UP in the coop and use their ladder just fine.
    I can see their little toes from the functional, glass window on the north side. (see in photo above)
    I have two vents on the south wall (covered right now because it's winter) that have flaps as well for ventilation.
    Their food hopper comes down into that little slot between the nesting box areas. I'm only using one nesting box right now.
    I love the big plastic bin for the nesting box, I can lift it right out and clean it. I built the coop to fit the blue bins.
    I have two girls but hope to end up with four. I'm only allowed 5 total in my neighborhood.


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  1. Nardo
    "Desert coop"
    1/5, 1 out of 5, reviewed Jan 2, 2019
    Nice looking coop. Be good to have some details about how this went together and what it looks like inside. I'm thinking that San Tan Valley needs more ventilation and cooling than what I see?
  2. 21hens-incharge
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    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 8, 2018
    Cute but it's unfinished and there are no measurements.


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  1. Empty Nesters
    3 sheets of plywood, 8 brackets for the suspended floors, $20 window, 4 sets of hinges, $12 nesting boxes, 6 2x4's for interior framing, nails, brads, paint. Aprox. $140 to $160 not including the fencing.
  2. Brit4Shains
    Job well done!! Based on the final result, I can tell you put a lot into the planning stage. Can you guestimate the final project cost for the materials you used? Please add in the pier blocks since you mentioned that will be part of said costs.
  3. crazyfeathers
    Very nice. You did a wonderful job.
  4. cackleberrycam
  5. Skhan
    very clean ................

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