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My First Little Hen House

By amcbane, Jul 19, 2012 | Updated: Aug 30, 2012 | | |
  1. amcbane
    I was visiting my fiance's grandparents on their farm and noticed just how wonderful their livestock was around the house. They have cows, horses, dogs, and chickens. The chickens are free to roam and there is an abundance of them. That started my itch.

    I started talking about getting chickens to have eggs. Then as I planned, my idea of just eggs grew into a project. I had to build my chicken coop, I didn't want to buy one off line because it just wouldn't satisfy my idea of the big picture. I felt the need to build my own coop and raise up my own chicks and go from there. :) .

    Two days after I bought the materials, we started on the coop. It took three days to finish building the coop and the run. All that is left is the paint job, but that is on its way too. Now I just can't wait to get my chickens!!

    Here are pics of the chicken coop as we built it.

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    It is a 4x4 design.
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    The first wall is up!
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    That is me and my AWESOME help. If it weren't for him, this wouldn't have happened.
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    I decided that I'd like a slant roof.
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    Plywood is going up.
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    The big front door is officially on :).
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    Day two: the nesting box, the roof, and part of the run.
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    This is what the end of day two looked like. We even got to add some trim too.
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    An inside look.
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    Day three: Finish the run, the trim and the chicken wire.
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    This is me putting the base exterior gloss paint on. Oh, and Apollo, my dog, decided he'd join me in there. Can you see him?
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    The run is all finished :)
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    Here is the coop with almost all of the base coat on and only painting left to finish :).





    8-30-2012
    Here is The coop all painted up. Just have to fill the sand, put a roof over the run, and a saying to the nesting box. :)

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    I can't wait for my chickens!

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  1. amcbane
    The roof is not sealed in so there is an open gap all around the roof and the coop walls for some added ventilation. The chickens will be let out to free range the large yard we have during the day and put up in the evening. We also have great protection from any larger preditors with our dogs, they keep anything from squirrels, skunks, racoons, and possums out of the yard. They also should do well with the hens. At least we are hoping and will be very watchful of them. We pretty much winged the plans. I knew I wanted a 4x4 and a slant roof. We just went from there depending on where we wanted the people door, and the nesting box. They had to work with the side of our garage too so thats what we came up with. Even had a roof over the nesting box was a last minute deal because the nesting box lid would not have a roof put on it due to a mishap in shaping it. But overall, I'm pleased. :) Thanks for the advise and opinions. Still a work in progress and if this is the first one, there is always room for improvement in the future.
  2. happycamperkid
    Do you have plans or anything of that nature that you could post... we got one online and it is a good starter coop for the summer but in North Carolina the winters are cold and the chickens need better protection from the elements thanks a lot
  3. Iamgrateful
    Love this little coop - you did a great job, thanks for posting.
  4. teach1rusl
    You've done a nice job! I do agree with joan, that under that awning/eave thing would be a perfect place for some more ventilation - those housings can get really HOT in the summer time. Just cut out a long rectangle and save it - hinge it for closeable ventilation for winter time :)
  5. joan1708
    Cute! but I think it needs more ventilation( under the eave would be a perfect place for it) and hardware cloth instead of chicken wire.
  6. paridisefarm2009
    NIce , Good Job
  7. chicksbunsdog
    Looks great!
  8. christiev
    I just built my first coop (well, my husband did) several months ago and I'm already enlarging it. You can never have enough room...you just KNOW they'd be happier with a few more feet!

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