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Oakwood Farm Chicken Coop

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  1. OakwoodFarm
    Oakwood Farm Chicken Coop

    [FONT=times new roman,times]We got our chickens around Easter - quite unexpectedly - a spur of the moment impulse buy at our local feed store. We already had four horses, a boxer, and a great dane - what were 6 more critters to us? The coop was going to be my "project" - worked on during the weekends , as it turned out, for most of the summer! I have to preface this with the fact that I am a 2nd grade teacher by trade - no building experience at all, so please forgive my errors and unconventional methods. But, all in all, it turned out great - at least the chickens love it! I used the dimensions of 4'x8' - the size plywood sheets come in.
    So here are the pictures...
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    [FONT=times new roman,times]First I chose the site - up against the redwoods - out of the wind in the winter and sun in the summer. [/FONT]

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    Then I put in the posts and floor - the posts were recycled wood from old horse fencing I had taken down.

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    I built the frame in my workshop using 2x4's I ripped in half - hoping to make the structure lighter. I built nesting boxes on either side. Still can't decide if I should have divided the boxes into separate nests.

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    Next, I put the skins on the frame, cutting out the nesting boxes, vents, and windows

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    I finished the nesting boxes with lids that lift up on hinges, and I used old shutter folding doors for the vents, and pegboard for more ventilation... my first attempt at building trusses!

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    It began to take shape putting on the plywood for the roof....

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    Another shot of the pegboard I used for ventilation - it came from the four pieces I used as a temporary cage for the little chicks.

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    The shingles and details are added...

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    And a coat of paint to match the barn and other outbuildings.

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  1. ChickInDelight
    How do you clean it? I only see the small door.
  2. eggfinder12
    Nice coop.good job.
  3. jaxparadize
    Is there any way to see the inside of it? I like how you set it up but Im having issues imagining the inside.
  4. micheller1210
    very nice, I keep dreaming of a coop someday :)
  5. babychickens123
  6. Chickadel
  7. davony's chicks
    I love your coop! I have been looking around on BYC for ideas for my new coop.
    Thanks for sharing!

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