Maria's Chicken Coop

Maria's Chicken Coop
By Maria's Chickens · Oct 29, 2018 · ·
  1. Maria's Chickens
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    This is my Hubby's and my first time raising chickens from biddies, so we had no idea how fast they would grow. Following is a photo of the Rhode Island Red girls (before Daughter and I went back and got two more to go with the six) in late August 2018 at one week old when we had just brought them home from TS. image.jpg

    Hubby and Cousin built out of used materials, a 'biddie coop' for our little girls' first home of their own, which they quickly outgrew within about two months.


    So Hubby and I hired some help and they and my Hubby built the girls a big walk-in coop made with new weather resistant materials and at the end of October 2018, their new coop was finished.
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    The girls are very happy. The part of the coop with the windows, size 8 x 8 feet, is for storage of their food and other supplies. The part of the coop with the nests and the screen door is the part of their home that they live in which is 8 x 12 feet. The total size of the chicken coop which includes the storage part and the part they live in is 8 x 20 feet and they have a lot of room for the eight of them in the part they reside in. They are a little over two months old now. The cost of the new coop including supplies, hired help, and other expenses related to building it was about $2500.00.
    Although worth it, the total cost far exceeded our expectations of how much it would cost to build this coop. I could have chosen a less expensive coop for the girls for us to build but I am happy we built this. It is in the middle of the back of our back yard, behind our house, and when I get up in the mornings, I open the kitchen window curtains and shade to look at the coop. It is a work in progress, as I plan to make decorative signs to hang on the front of with the girls' individual names on them and other decorative signs.
    There are 2 perches in their home for them, as well as a specially built feeding trough that they eat from. We have a large steel waterer set up on bricks.
    We thank the Lord for this learning experience in building the coop which is continuing with taking care of our girls that the Lord has blessed us with.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Hannahs.Garden
    "Nice coop!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Nov 15, 2018
    Very nice design. A lay-out or simple blue print would be a nice addition! I hope your flock loves it.
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  2. alexa009
    "Sturdy Built Coop."
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Nov 1, 2018
    Coop looks sturdy and secure which means it's predator proof especially from daytime predators (hawks). It also looks like it may be very comfortable in the indoor area.
  3. MROO
    "Nice pictures, nice coop, professional build"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Oct 31, 2018
    Very nice! And a good lesson in how Chicken Math can affect more than just the number of birdies in your yard. It can just as easily affect how much you end up spending on them ... but most of us would agree that they're worth it!


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  1. N F C
    Nice looking coop!
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  2. casportpony
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  3. Hopperkiller
    Chicken economics does strange things to our wallets. I spent that much building mine with only a plan in my head. Nearly fainted when my wife balanced our account. I thought she was kidding at first. My remodel and design changes were done with frugality in mind. Now im thinking of a second coop and run and stocking up free stuff and scrap wood and fencing in my shop. Your project turned out well so have fun with it!
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  4. sumi
    That's a lovely coop! Have you any plans, pics of the building process, etc, that you can share?
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