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Our Perfect Coop

By hastings, May 22, 2014 | Updated: May 22, 2014 | | |
  1. hastings
    After 3 years of talking about building a coop and getting some chickens we finally did it! My husband likes to research and plan in advance so we started out by looking at coops that were for sale at different locations in our area to get ideas. At first he was going to build one, then we were going to just buy one and finally he decided he could build a coop and put together all of the things we liked about the ones we looked at. The end result is "our perfect coop". It may not be perfect for anyone else but we would like to share our design!

    After looking at ideas and coop designs on this website, Richard woke me in the middle of the night this past winter and said "I've got it!" Much to my surprise that he was awake past 10 PM I asked him "what do you have???" He said that he had a dream about building a chicken coop and he "had a plan in his mind". So here goes...

    The plan was to build a coop 10' long by 6' wide, with 5 nest boxes. The inside has a 6' by 6' area for the chickens and a 4' by 6' feed and storage area with a sliding door seperating the two. We re-purposed windows from a dismantled camper. Our total cost without chickens or supplies was just over $1000. We did all of the work ourselves.

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    He started on January 31, 2014. He had to build most of it inside the barn because we had a very cold winter.

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    February 1, 2014

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    February 4, 2014

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    February 20, 2014

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    February 22, 2014

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    March 1, 2014

    Had to move it outside to put the roof on. So he carefully pulled it out with the tractor!

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    March 8, 2014

    Roof on, painted and ready to move to it's new location (while i held my breath!)

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    March 10, 2014

    Final Touches!

    Addiing Electric.

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    Nest boxes

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    Almost there!

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    Added the run

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    March 17, 2014

    The girls checking out their new home!


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    April 28, 2014

    Our first egg!!!

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  1. RSmith
    That's a great idea moving it around.
    Please don't take my question as anything more than it is. My wife and I just got our first chickens and cobbled together a coop that is perfect for us, or so we thought, until we read about predators, so we had to do some more just to make sure we don't come home some day to find something killed all our chickens.
    I only asked about the open top run being effective in keeping out predators because it seems to be a vulnerable access, but you could take the same kind of fence screens that make the run and close off the top with those, keeping portability, that is, if you even need to have a top at all. I DON'T know, I am just trying to learn, and you asked me if I had any suggestions.
  2. hastings
    I just tried to change the title of this from "Our Perfect Coop" to just "Our Coop" but couldn't figure out how to do it. I only meant that it is the "perfect" coop for us. I'm sure that it may be less than perfect to most people but it works for us. I only started this because I was happy with our coop and our hens. By no means, RSmith, was I trying to say that our coop is perfect or that my husband is a great carpenter. I guess I need to delete the whole thing and just stick to reading things on this site!
  3. hastings
    RSmith, we do not want to put a permanent roof on because we designed the run so we can move it in 3 directions to give them fresh grass. Also we plan to move the coop closer to the barn in the winter to have it in a warmer location. And yes I am proud of my husband's carpentry skills. He does very well for a do it yourselfer on projects around the farm.
  4. RSmith
    With your carpentry skills, a solid waterproof roof of wood & shingles would do the trick.
  5. hastings
    Yes RSmith, we are concerned about the open top of the run but have not decided what is best to put there. Right now we have a tarp covering half of the run for shade but we are planning on putting something else there. Any suggestions?
  6. RSmith
    I am a NEW EGG, so forgive me what might be a stupid question, but isn't the open top of the run a high vulnerability for predators?
  7. greasemonkey88
    That is really great looking.
  8. RSmith
    WOW, very nice indeed!
    Such carpentry skills have always eluded me for some reason, how I would like to be able to build like this, thanks for sharing !
  9. JennaV
    im sure they will be snug as a bug!
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