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My Coop In The Az Sun

By Billiam, Jan 30, 2012 | Updated: Sep 12, 2012 | | |
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  1. Billiam
    This is my first coop which I think will be a continual work in progress. Over all the coop and run is 4' x 8' and the coop portion is 3' x 4' with a 1' x 3' nesting box pop out. I hope you like it.

    Material:
    The wood I used is pine 2x3's that you can get at Home Depot and Lowes. I drilled lots of counter sunk holes for the screws that went through the thicker part of the boards. If you look closely you can see pairs of holes everywhere where I did this. I used 3" decking screws for the framing and 1-1/2" screws for the fencing attachment and siding.

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    The top opening is for ventelation and the bottom is for cleanup. The stoop is positioned just above the bottom opening.

    Future Plans:
    In Progress - I want to add a rain gutter to catch the rain in the bucket and possibly adding a second bucket for spill over.
    In Progress - I aslo plan on adding a run exstension which will be as tall as the fence and will be 4' x 8' to double the run size
    In Progress - Would like to add some grape vines for shade.
    Completed - I plan to add concrete block underneath for the wood to sit on to reduce the decay of the wood and to assist in keeping predators from digging underneath.

    UPDATE: I just completed building my foundation out of 4" x 8" x 16" concrete block. The kind used to build brick walls. I got them for 75 cents each. Not sure if it would have been cheaper to just buy concrete mix and forms. The area is now 4' x 14' so if you recall the coop/run is 4' x 8', I will be building a run extension that will be 4' x 6' and six of seven feet tall. I will be building it out of 2" x 3" boards like the coop.

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    Run extension framing started. Almost ready for chicken wire! It's 6' long x 4' wide x 6'6" tall.
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    More bracing and door installed.
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    Coop and run extension in place in new location. Just behind our garden. Time to install the wire. It's already getting hot out here. :(
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    Phase 2: Fenced off yard for the chickens. (August 2012)

    I am giving the chickens a fenced in area in the back of the yard to allow them to free range while protecting my garden. It's time to start planting here in AZ and I don't want to have to keep them confined to only the run area. Here is my concept drawn in Trimble SketchUp. (Previously Google SketchUp).

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  1. AZ Minicoop
    Just saw your "coop in the sun",we live in Gilbert so we know how hot its been. How are your birds doing in the heat? Are there any more updated pics.... I've been thinking of using a wide and pitched frame of PVC covered in shade cloth to help knock down the temp. Hope all is well, haven't built our coop yet, still collecting materials and advice from folks like you. Great job on the whole coop and run,and waterer. we welcome any tips you might pass on.....
  2. Billiam
    @AZ Minicoop - The hens seem to be doing well. I am still getting five eggs out of five hens nearly every day. Otherwise I still get four eggs. I have put up some shade cloth on top of the run extension which helps and I've installed a mister system that they really enjoy. I also put two one-gallon jugs of frozen ice out each day around noon. Very little panting is observed. I have a timer for the garden as well and works great.
    @LMS - Thank you for the feedback! The foundation of concrete was an idea I borrowed from Gallo in the AZ chickens forum and it is for predator protection so they can't dig underneath the barrier of wood and wire. It is not tied to the coop/run in anyway and hopefully the monsoon storms won't blow the birds away in their house. If it does I hope they find ruby red slippers and make their way back. :)
  3. LMS
    Very nice coop! I'm poking around here to get ideas about my coop design (what about it would work and what wouldn't, since I've never done this before!). One thing I hadn't considered was a foundation. Do you have to have a foundation for a coop that has an attached run? It seems like it would be heavy enough on its own not to blow over in a storm, or am I wrong? Or is there some other reason to build a foundation?
  4. AZ Minicoop
    I live in Gilbert,and was wondering how things were going this summer with your flock. I have yet to build my coop but hope to have it done this year. I made a cover frame for our dog run using PVC and then attached shade cloth to it. It really cuts down on the heat underneath I believe it blocks 85 percent or more and ads a clean functional look to their outside space. Great little coop you made,well constructed too. our coop area will be limited by height as well as length so yours is a great problem solver for me.We have a couple of Orbit battery operated timers that keep the raised beds watered in our garden. they might help with your automatic waterer idea maybe a back up or whatever. We like them they're reliable and easy to install.... Good luck to everyone.
  5. Billiam
    Oh, I will take screen shots of my SketchUp drawings to post. If anyone wants a copy of the file just send me a PM with you email address.
  6. Billiam
    Thanks everyone for the nice comments!
    @rescueranger - We have five black austrolorp hens.
    Regarding the watering system - It is a two gallon bucket that I connected 3/4" drinking water grade pvc pipe to. The horizontal pipe has five poultry watering nipples that the girls just peck at to get the water. I have to refill it once every three days or so, but I expect that to be more often as summer heats up. I have plans to both add gutters to the roof to capture the raid run off and I am also planning to run a water source out to the coop and have it go into a larger reservoir using a toilet bowl type float shutoff valve to refill automatically.
  7. cblakley0531
    Well shoot, I can only hope I do as good with my first coop! Great work!
  8. iamthehuffer
    Nice Job! Perfect for Quail too.
  9. chickenguy99
    wow, awesome. I live in the country, but you did do all you did with the amount of of yard space you had. Great Job!!!! :)
  10. Chickenlover97
    What is the bucket for? If you are using it to catch rain water what are you using the water for? If you are using it for rain water you shuld add gutters and direct the water into the bucket to maximize the amount of water you collect.

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