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Old barn wood coop

By scottnb, Feb 18, 2013 | Updated: Feb 25, 2013 | | |
  1. scottnb
    My uncle in Lodi CA, asked me to help him throw a bunch of old barn wood into his swimming pool he was planning on filling in. Once I saw the wood I immediately wanted to take it home and build a coop. I have been wanting chickens for a while but didn't have the money for a coop. Once I got the wood home I drew up some plans on Windows Paint and started construction the next day at my parent's house in Fair Oaks, CA. I only wanted 4 chickens so I designed the coop to be 4 ft. x 6 ft. with an enclosed run underneath. Because it's old barn wood I wanted to incorporate some of the barn style so I put a barn door in front that hinges open from the top. Underneath is a big opening that I made to look like a french window. This will provide great protection from the cold and great ventilation for the hot summer days. I put a gravity fed feeder inside that I can access from the outside by a hatch. This makes it easy to keep up with their food. Just open the hatch and pour it in. There are two nesting boxes inside as well. Both have a door that I can open from the outside to retrieve the eggs. To make it easy to clean I covered the entire floor with linoleum and designed isothatI can remove the entire backof the coop (as well as the back panel of the run). The run has a little hatch so I can let the chickens out as well as throw our food scraps in.

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  1. scottnb
  2. mabelino
    Aw! I grew up in Lodi, CA :)
  3. jstamesngr
    Mine's made out of pallets w/ nice thick foamboard insulation in between, 1/4" screen on floor for ventilation. I use thick pins shavings on the floor, they scratch openings as they want. They're nice and cozy here in MT.
  4. Hooligans7
    I'll join the others — We want photos! We want photos!
    Also, did you move the coop from Fair Oaks to another location?
  5. ebinion
    sounds nice! pictures please
  6. Stumpy
    I can't wait to see photos! I love old barn wood.

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