New Simple but Secure Chicken Coop

  1. beckydimon
    Just started 2 weeks or so ago, and I only have a series of photos to annotate at this point. I will continue to edit as I can!

    I didn't start with exact plans - I had a general plan in mind, similar to one my dad made in the 1980s when we got a few chickens from a friend.

    In the barn I found a bunch of 1x3x12s, two 4x4x8s, and four 4'x8' 5/8" or 3/4" OSB - more than 1/2" though, and about 30 8"x8"x16" concrete blocks: a good start!

    First we had to clear the area. This is almost the exact spot my grandfather had his chicken coop more than 50 years ago.

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    Then we removed some grass and leveled the soil.

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    When I started thinking things through, it turned out we needed to enlarge the area from the 8' x 8' that we started with - mostly because I am determined to make this as predator proof as possible, so I wanted to allow space for an apron and maybe the blocks.

    At first I thought two OSBs for the roof and two for the floor, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted a combination coop/run with at least part of the ground exposed. Even now I haven't really made up my mind.

    So off to Lowe's for more supplies!

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    Nice view!
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    The tarp came in handy to cover our Quikrete bags!
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    The 4"x4"s turned out to be rounded, so I bought some new sharp-edged ones, along with braces to connect the 2"x4"s I also bought. I also needed a longer hose to reach up the hill!
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    Although our technique was not perfect, we got the first post concreted in place!
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    We had been having a bit of rain, but my helper built himself a makeshift shelter, which I thought looked a bit like an altar, so I said a few prayers, praising the Universe for good weather!

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  1. PoultryAddict 1
    beautiful coop!!!
    wish I did'nt have the hawk problem or I could let mine free range in a big beautiful field like yours instead of a medium size dog kennel!
  2. KoopersCoop
    Looking good! Keep it going! Love the pictures![​IMG]
  3. Cluckcluck1215
  4. Whittni
    Looks like solid progress

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