Welcome to my chicken coop. Coop is located 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.
To countryside I moved only year ago and idea about chickens I dreamt about half a year earlier. I didn't have any experience with carpentry, so I needed on somewhere to train my hands and head. So I build 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 it was too small:
Here it all started. Soon I realised that I'm building run on old house foundation. I was hard job for digging out all the stones. No pain, no gain:
Central pale for holding run's net:
Run is ready for temporary coop:
Time to go for chickens. I got 11 hens and one rooster:
Cat and dog were very interested in new birds:
Little rest before building big coop:
Let's put some foundation and electricity and internet cable (for camera and "smart house"):
Half the job is done:
It was hard to mix the right color. In the end went to dark side
Chief auditor rooster:
Outside work is done:
Making some electronics for monitoring temperature, turning outside lights (front and run) and inside lights for chickens.
Put coop brains inside metallic aid box:
Combined safe area with storage area:
Everything is ready for letting chickens in:
First day for chickens in new home:
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:
Now I store all grains (about 80kg) in feeder and got more space in storage area:
Living with chickens day and night through camera:
Now I have 20 hens and 1 rooster and planning to get some more hens.
Thank you backyardchickens.com for all inspirational ideas