Photo Tour of My Pens and Coops

By skullgrrrl · Sep 15, 2018 · ·
  1. skullgrrrl
    I've shown off my birds a lot, but thought I'd share some of my set up. It’s a rainy, grey day but everyone cooperated for the photo shoot.

    I'm not a farmer, I'm a hobbyist and decided I wanted both a practical and aesthetically pleasing coop and pen. I spend a lot of time with my birds so I wanted it to be clean and attractive.
    My 1200' sq ft pen contains:

    • A 13’x8’ ft coop, concrete foundation, insulated, wired and divided into two sections. One is the main coop accessible by an automatic door and the other is used for supplies, infirmary, broody hens or chicks. It has a manual door out to a 4’x9’ pen
    • A 4’x 8’ three-sided shed for supplies – the metal roof supplies rain water for two 50 gallon cisterns
    • A 8’x 8’ covered area that stays dry year round
    • Four fruit trees and a 3’x 6’ open compost bin. I’m part of two food recovery programs and get lots of great fruits and veggies for the girls several times a week.
    • A 20’ x 10’ car shelter which is partially tarped – again, it stays dry and I’ve set up tires and metal rings filled with wood ashes for their dust baths
    • The whole top is netted. My only predators have been hawks

    Last fall, I expanded and added on a 480 sq ft pen accessible from the main pen as well as a second gate. It houses a 4’ x 8’ coop (divided in the middle, each side is identical) for my grow outs. I was able to net off one end of the pen for broody hens and chicks, which worked out really well. When the hens were ready to return to the main coop the chicks transferred to the coop with the teenagers.

    The coop is covered by a 10’ x 20’ car canopy, which keep it and the surrounding area dry (and me, when I’m doing chores). The open areas at either end are netted from hawks.
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    Here is the link to my article on Backyard Chickens about building my second coop spending only $40 by using freecycle:

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    About Author

    I live on a small Gulf Island in the Pacific Northwest off the the coast of British Columbia.

    I've kept chickens for the last 9 years and although I have some purebreds I love to breed crosses that look interesting (i.e. crests, muffs, beards, frizzles, patterned, spangled, etc) and also lay coloured eggs.
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  1. ronott1
    "Nice pictures"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Sep 17, 2018
    This is close to a member page and not an article.

    Very nice place!
    1. skullgrrrl
      How do I post as a member's page and not an article?
  2. imneva
    "great article"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Sep 17, 2018
    love the pics!


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  1. erzulieloo
    i love this! Looks like a chicken wonderland!!
  2. N F C
    Nice set up!

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