Our West Texas Coop!

  1. LeslieMidland
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    In the beginning, we thought this small coop would be enough room. The box said 2-4 chickens. We actually got 6 chicks in case 1 or 2 died. This is only about 42" tall. It was perfect for little chicks but as they grew bigger, we had to have something bigger!

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    Another pic of the smaller coop with the run built.

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    View from my bedroom window of the first coop and run finally finished.

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    Our dog, Mo, watching chicken TV.

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    Beginning to build the 2nd larger coop. We're building it to the right of the existing coop and will join the runs together.
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    Framing the 2nd coop.
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    Inside the bigger coop.
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    Outside the coop with the window cut out and the posts in the ground for the chicken wire frame.
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    The roof after staining it. We did put shingles on later.
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    Inside the coop with stick on tiles and a ramp.
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    It looks like the window is framed with lattice work but that's actually about 2' away from the window. We wanted privacy from the neighbors.
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    In this picture, you can see the lattice work on the front of the run. We put chicken wire around the bottom part about 3' high. Before I put the chicken wire on, the girls were poking their heads out of the holes. I was afraid our cat would grab one.

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    This picture shows how we removed the screen door from the first run, joined the two runs together and moved the door. They now have 1 small coop (which I keep closed) and 1 large coop with 2 runs. Since we built the first run around the smaller coop, we're just going to keep it in there in case of a sick chicken or new babies.
    One big lesson we learned: paint or stain BEFORE you put everything together. We didn't stain the first rum and it was so hard to do it later. My husband put some stain in a spray bottle to get to the places a brush wouldn't reach. Later that evening, we noticed our dog, the plants and one of the chickens had brown freckles!

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  1. mothertochicks
    nice job! I am building another coop and run too because they first one is not in a very good location, very dangerous close to parking area. I know it is a lot of work keep building and changing. Yours look very good!
  2. LeslieMidland
    Thank you! The little coop is so cute but useless after about 6 weeks old.
  3. jtn42248
    Really nice work. You can always use the little coop when chicken math kicks in.

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