My Ongoing Chicken Journey

By PenPack5, Mar 19, 2013 | Updated: Mar 22, 2013 | |
  1. PenPack5
    About a year ago my neighbor and I talked about getting chickens. Well she got hers about 8 months ago and I just bought 5 chicks about 4 weeks ago for my 38th birthday. I turned my Golden Retrievers metal dog crate into a brooder and now I'm on my way...

    I have 5 kids ranging from 16 yo - 22 mo., 1 dog, and 5 baby chicks (3 more on the way) and I homeschool my 11 yo daughter.

    Well it turns out I was allergic to their baby chick feathers, my daughter had to handle them until they got their feathers in.

    So as they started growing, like a weed I may say, the urge to make their coop became more and more evident. So during spring break, my 16 yo son and I started making the coop. I've been researching for months and going through what seems like hundreds of coops here on BYC. I found elements of what I wanted, just not exactly what I wanted. So to the drawing board (actually it was a piece of paper), and I sketched out exactly what I wanted.

    Being in the city I wanted it to look like a play house and I wanted it to "match" my house. I am very blessed to be in a city that allows chickens, even a rooster, with a permit.

    Right now I have all the walls up, no door nor a roof, and no run. Oh and have I mentioned a stinky garage.

    Here is the frame, yes it's square, just a little lopsided. Ha, ha.


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    I then added the nesting box and another one to store the water and food (for the automatic water & feeder).


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    So it turns out making a roof is a little harder than I thought. I guess that is what google is for!!! [​IMG]

    I guess I should go onto the next phase and put the doors on, but the kids are hungry and it's time for dinner.

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    Well, I figured out how to make the roof, and it is currently on the coop but only the frame. I also have 2 walls up for the run. It's drizzling right now, so I will have to wait until it clears up a bit.


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    Here is one of my chicks, helping out her mom. I moved the coop to it's "home" in the yard.

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    This is where the run will be. I added pullies for the coop door.

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    Now to add the roof, my oldest son helped, it is detachable and so are the nesting boxes. I made them this way since we will be moving out to the country in a few years.


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    I also made a removable tray for easy cleaning. You can see the roost here as well.


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    To the right is the nesting box and to the left is the storage compartment. The nesting box closes so they don't roost in there at night.


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    Well that is what I have for now, I have added the walls for the run, just need to take some pictures for it.

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