Old-fashioned Coop

By 4Jewels · May 29, 2013 · ·
  1. 4Jewels
    We live in an 1840's farm house and like all things old. My husband is very good at reconstructing and repairing period buildings, and an excellent craftsman. The design was completely his. I am good at all things mathematical and a decent carpenter, so I was in charge of drafting and measuring. The coop is set on corner stones that raise off the ground 1 or 2 feet to discourage predators. It is made from a combination of reclaimed barn wood, 3 recycled windows, an antique door, and some new lumber for framing. We had tin roofing left on the property from previous home owners, so we only had to buy the molded strip that runs along the ridge. A black smith friend made the window hardware, and the door hardware was collected by my husband.
    [​IMG][​IMG]Back of coop
    The overhang gives a good place for them to stay out of the weather.
    Front and side of coop with the window open for ventilation

    The coop is 8 ft by 8 ft, has 4 nesting boxes, two removable roosts, and plenty of room for food and water. The windows have sturdy hardware cloth nailed to the inside. We are going to add 2 more nesting boxes this year since we added 6 more chickens for a total of 20.
    The chickens can shelter under the building for shade, dust baths, and to stay dry during rain showers. There is a loft above where we store hay for the sheep and any of the other paraphernalia necessary for farm animals.
    Nesting boxes
    Two roosts and pop door

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Recent User Reviews

  1. SimplyLivinthatFarmLife
    "Old Fashioned Coop"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 14, 2018
    Love old wood for building things. Wish you had included the details of the build. Hope the girls are enjoying the coop.
  2. rjohns39
    "Beautiful Coop"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 14, 2018
    I would have loved to see your drawings and the build in progress. Great looking coop.
  3. 21hens-incharge
    "Lovely job"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 1, 2018
    Would love more pictures and drawings always help.


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  1. lwiese58
    This is so charming! I would love to have a coop like this! Thanks for sharing!
  2. miquwid
  3. Stumpy
    It's lovely! I love old wood.

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