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Montana Egg Cabin

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    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]The Montana Egg Cabin - MTchick[/FONT]
    Our coop is now completed. This post has all the photos, in order of most recent to least recent, that I think are worth sharing... that means it has a lot of photos!

    Brief synopsis; 7 standard hens, 4'x4' floor plan henhouse (which is a bit small but probably good for the cold Montana winters), 20'x10' fenced in run, spent about $200, of which at least half the cost was just the darned fence, the Montana Egg Cabin was built with about 90% recycled or reclaimed materials by two home-improvement experienced 20somethings.

    View from the side, with anti-hawk netting all set up
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    Excellent view of entrance and anti-hawk netting
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    Front view from inside the run (this one is before we put up the netting). Note that the whole, entire, front of the coop can be removed by unscrewing 8 wingnuts that hold the front wall in place. You can see each pair of wingnuts on the edges of each wall if you squint really hard.
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    Detail of the chicken pophole when closed snug.
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    Detail of egg-door (on the right, outside the pen to keep shoes clean)

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    When door opens, easy access to nestboxes.

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    Back of the coop, before the maintenance door is opened.
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    Back of the coop "maintenance door" swings open to allow poo and shavings to be raked out.
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    Chicken's eye view from in the coop- you can see the elevated nest boxes to the left -upper edge of the photo
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    Good shot of the attached chicken-port with brick patio and how the chicken-port shades the West wall in the afternoon to keep the coop cool.
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    Roof-line vents open in summer to allow cross ventilation
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    And close at night or in winter to keep warmth inside the henhouse.
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    The coop, pre-fence and pre-chicken-port. Note the exposed brick footing to keep the shavings dry during our wet springs.
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    Our Americauna when she was a bitty little thing, sitting on the 2x4 that leads into the nestboxes. This photo is pre-walls on the coop.
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    First wall going up- this photo is taken from inside the veggie garden. You can see the 2x4 on the back wall that supports the rear maintenance door in this photo.
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    Image of coop under construction- shows the brick footing and structure in general pretty well.
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    Side view of skeletal coop with roof.
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    Front view of coop after the roof and nest boxes were first put into place.
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    The very basic frame, from in the veggie garden.
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    Me, for scale, on the first day of coop building (I am 5'7")
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    Who needs walls?
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    Before the bricks, there was mud.
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    Before the mud, there were weeds and an unkempt wildflower garden.
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    Before the coop, there were chicks in a bin in the bathroom.
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    That is all. I hope you enjoyed it!

    -MTchick

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  1. Mysterious
    I love it! It is small though.But still! :)
  2. Roo782
    I love the design of this coop.
    Think i'll build two side by side in my yard.

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