Our First Montana Coop

By lkeech · Jun 7, 2012 · Updated Jun 9, 2012 · ·
  1. lkeech
    We had been playing with with the idea of purchasing some hens for a while now. Our 3 year old loves chickens and she really loves eggs. So we found some chicks about 60 miles away. We took off too pick them up and that is where our chicken adventure starts. We got 4 Black Sex-Links and 4 New Hampshire's I am really hoping that we got all pullets(we can not have any roosters where we are).

    Chicks on the ride home they were about 4 days old

    Babies in their new brooder

    After we got the chicks then came the fun part of figuring out how we wanted the hen house built. We have an old dog kennel that is 24 ft by 12 ft to place the hen house in. So we started thinking of designs, we changed a few time and changed the size a few times. After about 2 weeks we had a design that we felt would be good for fast growing chicks. It ended up being 4ft6ft in the large run(I am hoping that is enough room for these girls). We designed the house with 1 1/2 inch insulation in all the walls, floor and the roof to help keep them warm in the winter. All walls we used Killz on and then painted them as well. We are not quite done with it but weather permitting we will get the house up this weekend.

    The kennel we are going to use after clean up minus the dog house and of course the dogs. No no worries with the lab which I thought he may want them bad. We let him into the garage with the chicks and took one out for him. He just sniffed and licked and walked away. He no longer even pay attention them. The only thing we can think of is that they do not smell like grouse or ducks :)

    First of may runs for supplies.

    The floor is done and the framing on the sides have started. The enjoyed us being the garage all day I think.

    Chicks at almost 3 weeks old. We had to stop construction and make a few modification to the brooder they figured out they were big enough to get out of it.

    The front is on as well as the nesting boxes. We have not decided if we are going to insulate the nests yet.

    Our little helper....

    The back is finally on and we have a little more help... oh and the roosts are in as well.

    Chicks at almost 4 weeks old... We better hurry and get their home done.

    This weekend we are going to get the house into the coop and finish putting the walls up. I will update the the finished house and add in the designs that we created. A few things I have learned is that it has been good family time building the hen house and I am pretty sure that the next time I have a great idea (which I think this is a great idea) that my husband will flat out tell me NO....

    We got the hen house about 95% all finished up today. We need a ramp up to the door, some trim with paint, paint touch ups and some more vents.

    We changed the roosts to 2x4's I hope these will work a little better. Thanks Stumpy...

    This is the clean door to access the coop.

    Ready for the hen house...

    Moving time. It was a little heavy but we got her done...

    All set up. A few touch ups and a ramp. We may need to add a window to the opposite side but we will have to wait a few for that one.

    I hope that you all enjoy the progress of our new chicken adventure.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Anonymous
    "Small First Coop"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Aug 11, 2018
    Not enough ventilation and the roosts are too high. Also, it seems small for the number of birds. Glad the roosts were switched to 2x4's.
  2. Cryss
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 5, 2018
    Decent first attempt, bravo. It has been mentioned but it's really critical. You need WAY more ventilation
    Have a look around here and you'll see some great examples. And yes, the nest should be low. Basically vents should be well above their heads as they roost, roosts should be higher than nests to prevent roosting and sleeping in the nests. You mentioned concern about enough room. The formula is 4sq ft per bird inside NOT including nests, 10 sq ft per bird in the run. Good luck!
  3. 21hens-incharge
    "Just a few things missing"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 1, 2018
    Not nearly enough ventilation. It's critical in preventing frostbite. The nest box is really high. It's best to have that down low to discourage them sleeping in it.
    I would love to see how the legs and roof are attached.


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  1. N F C
    A nice family project.
  2. lkeech
    Thanks everybody we a ton of fun even with all the hard work. We are hoping too move the chicks in soon as soon as they are all feathered and the weather gets a little warmer. We are still sitting in the 40's at night.
  3. joan1708
    Make sure it's not too heavy to move to it's final destination!
  4. Stumpy
    It's looking good! Adorable helper there, too. Round roosts are difficult for chickens to use, though.
  5. willowbranchfarm
    Cute chicks and great job

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