[FONT=verdana,geneva]Yucaipa Chicken Coop[FONT=verdana,geneva]
"Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.” - Frank Lloyd Wright[/FONT]
Yucaipa used to be home to many chicken farms. Most of them are gone[/FONT]
now so I wanted to do my part in restoring chickens to Yucaipa.
[FONT=verdana,geneva][/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]I built this in the shade because we get really hot summers here in Southern California. I built it between a Plum Tree, a Cherry Tree, an Apricot Tree, a Persimmon Tree and a Peach Tree. We have since added another Peach Tree, a Necterine Tree and an Apple Tree along the side of the Run. Plenty of shade during the summer and plenty of sun during the winter.
I built this from some scribbles on a piece of paper and a plan in my head. I originally planned to make the roof a simple roof but then decided that a gambrel roof would look more like a barn. I built it 24" off the ground because I thought I could move it around if I ever needed to. But once I was finished I decided that I would NOT be moving it. The floor is 4 ft. x 6 ft. which includes the nesting boxes.[/FONT]
[FONT=verdana,geneva]When I completed the run I enclosed the underside on three sides with chicken wire and lattice panels so that the girls could hang out in the shade. I have also hung their food there, out of the weather. [/FONT]
[FONT=verdana,geneva]A View of The Back[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]
The double doors open to allow for easy cleaning into a wheelbarrow.[FONT=verdana,geneva]
The large ventilation windows have hinged windows on the interior that are covered with clear plexiglass to close when the weather changes to cooler temperatures.
A Side View
[FONT=verdana,geneva]This side, and the other side, lift up for easy access to the nesting boxes[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]
[FONT=verdana,geneva]A View of the Inside
My Dad had some boxes of floor tile out in his barn so I figured it would make a good floor for my girls.
It's now covered with straw for their comfort.
[FONT=verdana,geneva] The Run
At first I planned to build the run on the bare ground using wood that is treated for termites. But I decided to pour a simple cement base to which I can attach the run.
I cut a couple of 12" wide pieces of chicken wire about 20 feet long and rolled them into a tube. I then put these tubes into the forms to give the cement strength if it cracks. I also added a small coffee can of cement to each bag of concrete ready mix. The bolts sticking up are what I used to hold the bottom plate down.[/FONT]
[FONT=verdana,geneva]The Finished Run
Ok, so I got a little carried away with the run.
Dad gave me a miter saw so I got into cutting angles.
I wanted to kind of follow the shape of the Coop's roof and make it look unique.
I figure I can cover and enclose some of this if I ever need to enlarge the coop for more girls, but I don't think I will ever have more than 10 or 12 at once. My family can only eat so many eggs.
[FONT=verdana,geneva]The Side Door
Notice the little door above. I added this so that I could drop in daily kitchen scraps without having to walk to the door at the far end
This has truly been a fun experience, building while the girls grew from eggs in our incubator to needing to get outside. That is what kept me motivated to get it done.[/FONT]
My Dad taught me everything I know about building things. He gave me all his tools and encouraged me to build. About two weeks before he died I showed him pictures of my coop. He said "...that is the Best looking Chicken Coop I have ever seen." That is all I needed to hear.
[FONT=verdana,geneva][FONT=verdana,geneva][FONT=verdana,geneva]A Tribute to My Dad[/FONT][/FONT]
Kenneth David Ervin
November 27, 1932 - October 3, 2009[/FONT]