Norwegian style chicken coop

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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.
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Put coop brains inside metallic aid box:
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Combined safe area with storage area:
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For poop board I use old oilcloth from kitchen table. Was perfect size. Strong enough and easy to clean. Everything is ready for letting chickens in:
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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 :)

UPDATE (2019):
Has been three years since coop was built and chickens are happily spending their time in it. There are only few upgrades:
  • added small roof over run doors, so the food bowl doesn't get full of rain water when it is raining:
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  • made modification to nesting box so now eggs roll in boxes. Chickens used to crack eggs with thinner eggshells and other eggs got dirty, which were hard to clean. Of course, chickens love soft bedding in nesting boxes, but I had to make compromise.
  • made "easy to install" separate section for newly added chickens. Although I had built "safe area" when built coop, it was too small for 10-12 chickens. When new chickens are brought home, I just install three hardware cloth walls to "safe area" and keep them there for two to three weeks until the old chickens are used to them. As I mentioned above, they have separate doors to small run and they are very close to old chickens
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Videos from daily coop life:
Dog saves live of chicken from fox attack:

Rooster gets angry with hen who doesn't know a path to roosting bar:

Rooster happy about fresh grains:
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Gailens
Chicken keeper living in Latvia, have 20 hens and 1 rooster

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This article is really fun to see the progression! I loved the chickens in the box photo! Also, love your dog and cats! The dog seems very proud of the chickens. And not surprising at all to see the video of the fox attack featuring HERO DOG! Great design with storage, fancy feeder, and all-around quality work for a challenging weather situation!! Inspiring!
Awesome coop !

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Great photos to go along with the narration!! I may try that feeder idea of yours. As you say feed gets everywhere.
 
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!
 
I went back to beginning and found out your coop is 13 x 9. An added front porch where you can put your lounge chair and a holder for your drink would be nice
 
Very nice job! I know lots of care and effort went into such a beautiful and functional coop!
 
Nice job. What are you using for the poop board? I see chicken wire, but is it a board or sheet you have under the roosts?
 
Nice job. What are you using for the poop board? I see chicken wire, but is it a board or sheet you have under the roosts?
Hi Sandy, it is old oilcloth from kitchen table. Was perfect size. Strong enough and easy to clean.
 
I'm so happy with everything I saw, what a good idea for a build! What material are you using inside the hen house?
 
Love this article. One of the articles I read and made me want to become a member. Great details and Kool ideas for coop building :)
 

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