Norwegian style chicken coop

By Gailens · Mar 28, 2018 · ·
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    Welcome to my chicken coop. Coop is located in Latvia, so winters here my be freezing. That's why I have to built it insulated. Coop size is 13' x 9' (4m x 3m). 1/4 for storage, 3/4 for chickens.

    I moved to countryside only a year ago and idea about chickens I dreamt about half a year earlier. I didn't have any experience with carpentry, so I needed small project to train my hands and head. So I built insulated dog house. I liked it, dog loved it.
    Summer went fast, but I even didn't have started the coop. I wanted to get chickens in that year. I decided that I will build a chicken run first and put there some temporary chicken coop and there will be no deadline for the big house.

    All started with plan. At first idea was to transfer old greenhouse frame to run, but luckily it was too small:
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    Here it all started. Soon I realised that I'm building run on foundation of old house . It was hard job for digging out all the stones. No pain, no gain:
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    Central pale for holding run's net:
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    Run is ready for temporary coop:
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    Time to go for chickens. I got 11 hens and one rooster:
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    Cat and dog were very interested in new birds:
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    Little rest before building big coop:
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    Let's put some foundation and electricity and internet cable (for camera and "smart house" thing):
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    Half the job is done:
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    Installing siding:
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    It was hard to mix the right color. In the end went to dark side :)
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    Chief auditor rooster:
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    Outside work is done:
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    Making some electronics for monitoring temperature, turning on/off outside lights (front and run) and inside lights for chickens. NorwegianCoop-29.jpg
    Put coop brains inside metallic aid box:
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    Combined safe area with storage area:
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    Everything is ready for letting chickens in: NorwegianCoop-32.jpg

    First day for chickens in new home:
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    I didn't like the tube feeder solution, because grains got out and I have to keep grains in two places, so built a better solutions:
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    Now I store all grains (about 80kg) in feeder and got more space in storage area:
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    Storage area:
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    Living with chickens day and night through camera:
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    Now I have 20 hens and 1 rooster and planning to get some more hens.
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    Thank you backyardchickens.com for all the inspirational ideas :)

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    About Author

    Gailens
    Chicken keeper living in Latvia, have 20 hens and 1 rooster

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    Neat article. I especially enjoyed the addition of the brain build.
    Well done. Your birds are lucky!

Comments

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  1. 2eggsfried
    Wow, you got some skills, love the coop!!
  2. path.otto
    Like your coop, it is very similar to mine in dimensions and use! I live in a very cold location where temps are often below 0' F and it can get quite windy. I love your smart coop ideas and would like to hear more about them. I have an automatic door that my husband made with a linear actuator that has been great and has never failed but I always wonder.... I keep food and water outside in all but coldest weather so I worry about the possibility of failure. Would love to set up camera, but at 67 the knowledge is not intuitive!
  3. Eggs82
    Love those chickens in the box
  4. Crow-ded house
    Great photos to go along with the narration!! I may try that feeder idea of yours. As you say feed gets everywhere.
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  6. N F C
    Nice job! You have a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing your coop build with all of us!
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  7. Hopperkiller
    Nice setup in a great setting. Enjoy it.
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