Montanasandys Chicken Coop

By montanasandy · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. montanasandy
    Wildflowers and Chicken Coops!

    Please feel free to message me for more details! [​IMG]

    We live in Potomac, Montana with our horses, dogs and cats. We are newbies to the chicken world. On April 24, 2010 we got our 4 EE's.
    We thought we would buy a coop, but after pricing them at our local farm store ($$$!!!!) we decided to build it ourselves. My 83 year old dad is a retired engineer, so he really help out so much with the design and figuring out the snow load for the roof, etc...
    We broke ground and set the posts on May 9, 2010 The spot we picked out was mostly just dirt and pretty level. We thought it would fill an empty spot of dirt and make a nice attention to our yard. The coop including the nest box is 9 X 5. The run is 16 X 8.
    The post height at the corners is 7 feet. We set the posts in 2 feet of concrete.

    After the posts were set we started on the framing of the coop. We wanted plenty of ventilation and light in the coop, so we framed for two windows, 24" tall x 36" wide. We also will be adding a vent at the top.

    Then we made the tresses ( premade them in the garage) and set them in place. I tried to keep up on the painting, but it was hard to keep up. The tresses are designed to hold a lot of snow. (no squished chickens!!!) :)
    We also started to put up the walls of the coop so I could insulate while my husband Bill worked on the roof.
    I painted the inside of the coop and installed the vinyl flooring covering to the coop floor, (all with left over paint and vinyl from our house). I painted the ceiling blue and at first painted the walls white. That seemed too boring, so I decided to paint the bigger walls and the trim yellow. The green cord you see in the bottom shot is an temporary extension cord. That is now gone and have electric. It was only in the 30's when we moved them out to their coop and we wanted to give them some heat.

    We installed hardware clothe over the windows for extra security, and framed it in with some trim to match the yellow walls.
    We designed the nesting box so that I could gather the eggs from the outside. We decided to go with a side access door instead of lifting the roof. We get a lot of snow here (did I say that already!!), so we wanted to seal off the nesting box roof from any possible leaks from melting snow and sideways rain. We made 2 boxes 12X 14 and left on bigger one 24 X 14. Our cat, Harry Potter thought for sure we were making it for him! [​IMG]
    We moved the chicks into their coop area on June 4, 2010. My daughter and her boyfriend were coming to visit and we needed to get the chicks out of the bathroom!!!!
    We continued to work on the run. We live on 40 acres that borders 29,000 acres of state land and a 3,000 acre ranch. We get a lot of predators passing through. Even though we shut the chickens in the coop at night we still wanted to make their run safe during the day. So we decided to use hardware cloth, 1/2 inch and a heavy gage. We attached it to the wood with washers and screws. We ran the apron out 2 1/2 feet. I covered that with dirt and planted a native grass, wildflower mix. Painted the outside of the coop to match our house (again with left over paint!!)
    Just trim over the hardware, trim around the windows and dirt over the skirt left to do. [​IMG]
    We installed the ladder with a hinge so I could lift it up easily to rake. We change the gold to a black one, had to have everything match! [​IMG]

    5 days later we finished the run and let the chicks out. That seemed like the perfect amount of time for them to get used to the coop home. They march up their ladder every night without a problem.
    Several weeks later......

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Recent User Reviews

  1. lcwmt
    "lovely coop"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    It's a great looking coop, nice attention to detail, seems well constructed and carefully planned.
    The article itself is good but could use a little proof reading...
  2. BlackHackle
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    Other than the fact that the coop is a fantastic build, its finishing matches the house! Excellent work!
  3. Nardo
    "Nice looking coop"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    Great job of giving pics to show the building process. And what a nicely built coop and run!


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  1. BirdaMay
    Wow, wow, WOW! FABULOUS design & craftsmanship! I've saved this page and the photos for inspiration for when I can plan a new build- right now I'm modifying 3 existing structures. Love, love love your coop! So glad it was on the front of BYC for us all to see!
  2. Ballerina Bird
    GORGEOUS! Love how kitty got involved.
  3. sunflour
    Awesome Coop, Luv the "helper Cat".
  4. SHERRING7712
    Great Coop!! You're pictures make me miss home...Montana! Just beautiful!! I miss the smell of all the pines, firs, and larch! Beautiful coop, property, chickens, and a very pretty kitty too!!
  5. Yorkshire Coop
    Fab coop and congrats on POW!:)
  6. Whittni
    Very cute!
  7. cukuriku
    Stunning, I really enjoyed!
  8. sumi
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. 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
  9. DirtyBirds
    I love this one, I am planning on copying this one. My only question is why did you decide to lay the wirecloth 2ft flat away from the coop rather than putting it into the ground 2 ft? Have you had predators get under the netting? Thanks
  10. ledzepfan4evr
    you made your coop feel like it was made to be there in the beginning. It is really cool with all the flowers around it
  11. marxmail
    Wow... very nice pictures. You have a very nice place. Hope you are enjoying your chickens!
  12. harbisgirl
    I love it, great job. Beautiful kitty too :) And beautiful property
  13. davony's chicks
    Very nice coop, I love they way you tied it into your home and landscape!
  14. Grumpypantsmomma
    I absolutely love your coop design and that you were able use the leftover paint for your coop, I think I will be getting Hardware clothe for my coop as well!

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