Our First Coop Bartholomew Country Babes

By JDVICKOUS · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
    Here are a few pictures of our COOP. I realize I went a little overboard, but if we ever decide to not have hens, we will have a nice garden shed. I am not much of a builder nor did I have any plans/blueprints to build this. I just started building. I can say the wife, daughter and weiner dog love having the girls around....

    Day 1 of the process. I received a great Porter Cable cordless drill/saw kit for fathers day and decided to put it to use..
    As you can see, there is hardly a flat piece of land at our home. So, everything I build, I have to build a frame underneath. I utilized the East wall of the minibarn to act as my West wall.

    A better view of the slope of our land...

    I used 4x4s 3' in the ground, 2x6 foor joists, 3/4 plywood and 2x4 studs....Also, weiner dog found her way into the picture...

    T-111 siding and some low grade windows
    A view from the North
    I found the door at the local landfill's reuse area and cut it down to size. It's actually a solid wood door. Also, those are 2x4s for the roof.
    I bought these handy little brackets from Menards. Made life easy..
    The COOP is finished and ready to be stained. Tried to match the other building and failed. EPIC FAIL....


    A couple pics from the inside...
    Notice the automatic chicken door. Works awesome..We are waiting for 0 degree temps to see if it still works....
    I made two roosts at differ heights so the heavier girls can get off the floor. You can't see it but we have a box fan in the window blowing on the right hand side of the roosts. All the girls end up sleeping right in the wind on hot nights...
    I finally stained the building and all the posts in the run. I also added some venting on the COOP. My run is 14' by 24'. I have about 18" to 24" of an apron around the COOP for the critters. I also put deer netting on top of the run.
    All my girls (except the biggest hen, WIFE). The most important is wearing pink....

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  1. mrs_organized_chaos
    "Planned well"
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    This coop was well though out and executed nicely.
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  3. karenerwin
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    Nice coop. The pictures give some detail/idea of how to recreate it, as does some of your commentary.
    To make it better I would add a sketch of the layout (even if you had to create the sketch after the fact). Include a supply list, how many 2 x 4's, how many 2 x 4 holders and that type of thing.
    A pros and cons summary would also be helpful, as wood information about how many chickens it houses.

    Your coop looks very well constructed and I am sure it has provided your chickens with a safe and secure housing environment!


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  1. PippasMom
    Good Job.... My grandkids love coming to our house to see the "chchins" What part of the country are you in?

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