Our new coop build spring 2018

By kmom08 · May 17, 2018 · Updated Jul 3, 2018 · ·
  1. kmom08
    Still in progress. My husband is doing all the building, and I'm doing all the cosmetics. I was very specific on what I wanted/needed as far as function and ease of cleaning, though my husband made a few changes he did keep my requests in his build. One end has a storage space for all their feed etc.

    I don't have a total cost yet, but once I tally everything up I will include the prices. I have been funding the project from saved tips earned at work. Some supplies were bought months ago if found on sale (shingles $5 a bundle at lowes) I would say so far one of the biggest costs was in the framing and the hardware.

    My 9 year old daughter has been in charge of the interior design of the walls (I wanted to paint for easy cleaning ($9 gallon of miss tint paint in purple wouldn't have been my top choice, but hey it was a bargain and better than the dark brown they had on the shelf)

    The run has been added, you'll see a tarp in the photo that was used temporarily as shade. We are adding metal roof panels and have added a shade cloth. We're also gettind sand hauled in. I will add an updated photo once complete.

    Roosts have been added with a poop tray frame, and 1/4 inch hardware cloth has been added on the window. We also buried the wire around the bottom of the house.

    The dimensions for the main part (not including nest box area) are 4'x8' lenth, 4' wide and a little over 4'high inside the house. My storage area is about 2'wide by 4' deep. So the actual living space is more like 4'x6' plus the nest box area (3 nest boxes coming off the side. The run is 12'wide x 22' long. We used 1/4" harware cloth for the lower 4' portion of the run.

    I will add more photos as we complete the project.

    Currently housing 14- 9 week old chicks, but in the end I will be housing 6 hens. Free range when we're home.

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  1. Spartan22
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 4, 2018
    Nice color!
  2. penny1960
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    if you could add photos of a run? or how you covered the windows ? how you planned
    ventilation ?
    1. kmom08
      I will add more photos soon. It turned onto a spring/summer project so it's still a work in progress tweaking and adding to what we have. We're revamping the run with a roof as well as sand. My young girls ate the grass much quicker than I expected and with rain and lack of grass it's been hard to keep the run dry. I put hay down to help dry it out so we can have sand hauled in.

      For ventilation we installed the white metal wire lined vents from lowes to allow ventilation while keeping the rain out during the cold months. We have one on each side of the house, but will be adding a 2nd to the front side.
  3. MROO
    "Kid-Friendly Coop Build!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    This is a really nice coop-in-progress. There's not a lot of "how-to" in the text, but the pictures are excellent, showing various stages of the build. The many-door access is great, but a adding some more ventilation would be a good idea. The interior paint job is a real eye-catcher (personally, I LIKE the purple!) Please tell your young painter that Michelangelo, and even Picasso, are probably rolling over with envy!
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  1. N F C
    Nice family project!
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  2. MROO
    LOVE the interior design! You make me think that maybe my young neighbors can "help" me after all!
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    1. kmom08
      Thank you! I have more pictures to add. She loves anything to do with painting and art, so this has been the perfect project for her. I'm sure your young neighbors would enjoy being involved :)
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