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Matt, Jen & Cooper's Coop

By mattrobkub, Jun 25, 2013 | Updated: Oct 3, 2013 | | |
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    I have to caveat this post by saying that this is our first coop, first flock, and first construction project, so if you're thinking of taking inspiration from this design just know that there is surely some wonky building practices going on in it. That being said, it seems to be standing fairly straight in the backyard right now, the birds seem to dig it, and it was a lot of fun to put together.

    Here was our basic plan. We modeled it off of Monk's Coop, which we found on this site - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/monks-chicken-coop

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    Here's Jen and Cooper laying out the front wall. We built all the walls, the subfloor and the roof inside separately and then assembled them in the yard around the 4 4x4 posts.

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    We live in the mountains where the snow is deep and the winters are crazy cold, so we gave the coop a steep pitched roof and tried to insulate it well. We also have loads of predators, so we took a 2ft trencher to the perimeters of the entire coop and run in order to bury the fencing as deep as possible.

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    We added a door in the back to make clean up easier.

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    We added a drop down window to the front door to get a cross breeze blowing through the coop on nice days. For some reason, this is my favorite part of the coop design.

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    ... and this is the final coop. It took a pretty solid two months, around 25 trips to Home Depot, countless obscenities, and wore out 5 of the 10 fingers of my gloves, but it was a lot of fun and super rewarding.

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    and, as I said, the chickens dig it.

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    7 months later, here are a few of the hens and the one unexpected rooster...

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    ... a few of our first eggs...

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    ... and our carton packaging that I nerded out over.

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  1. Two Chicksahs
    Did you know there's a brothel called the "Chicken Ranch" in Pahrump NV? Cool artwork too!
  2. Two Chicksahs
    You should seriously pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing such an excellent beautiful job on your coop and run! I was very impressed by it!
  3. Two Chicksahs
    You should seriously pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing such an excellent beautiful job on your coop and run! I was very impressed by it!
  4. Jack Speese
    Awesome! What are the dimensions of the coop itself and the run? I know you posted some blueprints but with my eyesight I can't read them. And what breed are these? They are beautiful.
  5. mattrobkub
    Whoa. Thanks a lot for the coop love! We’re up in the foothills of Colorado, around 8,000 ft. Our average winter overnight low is around 10°F, hence the generous insulation to the walls and roof. I didn’t insulate the nesting boxes but they are warmed up with extra straw and broody hens so we didn’t have any trouble with frozen eggs. We also keep a water heater and 175 watt heat bulb running through the coldest months. Last winter was the birds’ first, but they did great. They laid consistently without illness or frostbite.
  6. hosspak
    Great job! I do a lot of woodwork and I built our own coop. When I saw the first finished picture...I was wondering if someone forgot their glasses... But then I saw the building process, very impressive and a nice way to disquise what was put inside.
  7. MyPetNugget
    I like it alot!
  8. ELauraD
    Great coop!
  9. cowhlb
    WOW! I love that!
  10. karenerwin
    Did you insulate the nest boxes at all? I am wondering if you will have trouble with eggs freezing in the winter.

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