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Noob's coop

  1. Noobie farmer
    This project was built with about 80% recycled materials we had laying around the shop and the farm. We only spent a couple hundred dollars on plywood, screws and a few other odds and ends. Some of the lumber was a gift, but it was also reclaimed.
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    Pressure treated frame

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    Nesting bays.

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    Egg collection doors.

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    Nontoxic paint and fence posts.

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    Vent windows.

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    Door/Ramp.

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    Trim to make it look cute.

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    Metal roof.

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    Animal barrier trench. The Wire goes into the ground.

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    Wire is set in just enough concrete to bind it all together and make it a nightmare for digging critters. Then backfilled.

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    Chicken playground. We have since added a couple more things for them to climb on.

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    Finished house.

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    Some chicks we got this spring when we finished the house.

    We have since added a roost perch inside the house and slats on the inside of the door/ramp that work like rungs on a ladder. The top of the door is attached to a rope that runs out the back of the house so we can raise and lower the ramp/door from outside of the fence. We have lots of hawks, owls and occasionally even foxes, coyotes and even a rare appearance from a bobcat so true free ranging isn't really an option for us now. Maybe next year when we have hatching chicks and more than we know what to do with, but for now each bird is too precious to risk.

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  1. ChickyChickens
    Cute chicks and good job!
  2. Mountain Peeps
  3. Noobie farmer
    And every bit of lumber you see going into the ground is pressure treated and set in one 60lb bag of concrete. Its pretty much everything but bear proof. And the birds don't come into contact with anything pressure treated in the house either.
  4. Noobie farmer
    Its a little less than 8ft by 8ft on the floor. I trimmed it some to make it look good. Its a nice tight custom fit. It houses 8 birds comfortably. It likely could hold 10 without a problem but we don't want to crowd them.
  5. barkinghills
    What a great coop! You are so lucky to be handy and be able to build nice things. About how many SF is the coop? And how many hens can it house do you think? I have an older coop that is going to need to be either overhauled or replaced, and I would love to have something like this.
  6. Noobie farmer
    I also put about three 5 gallon buckets worth of river sand under the house and a couple gallons worth of wood ash for them to dig around in and dust for mites. They spend the hot afternoons chilling out under the house. The little bird bath pond is lined with concrete and I tamped down river sand and set stones in it so it holds water really well. The whole coop is downhill from our rainwater collection barrels so we hooked up a hose and they have fresh rain water always on tap.

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