Pole Barn Coop (Part One: The Coop)

By TheGeekySheep, Jul 1, 2013 | Updated: Mar 2, 2014 | | |
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  1. TheGeekySheep
    I decided to give my first batch of chicks a nice roomy 6'x6' coop in the corner of my pole barn.

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    The coop walls were built flat on the ground using 2x4's, 2x6's (for the base) and heavy-duty pocket hole joints.

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    The pocket hole jig made framing a breeze even for a shorty like me. This is a heavy-duty version of the Kreg jig with larger holes and beefier coated screws made for 2x4's and thicker stock and exterior applications.

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    First coat of stain. I don't really like how orange cedar stain looks but it was inexpensive and matched the rest of the wood in the barn.

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    Green door!

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    I had a load of river sand delivered from a local landscaping company. I'll be using it in the coop and run, the chicks love to dustbathe in it.

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    "Mealworms now??"

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    Part Two: The Run, coming later. (When I can stand the Georgia heat long enough to build it...)

    03/02/14: Since writing this article I have added a pop door, a roost bar and roll-out nest boxes.

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    The nest box is lined with outdoor carpet that can be vacuumed or taken out and washed. It's padded at the back with foam pipe insulation. It's great for keeping the eggs clean.

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    A view from the inside. I used joist hangers to hang the roost bar so it can be popped out and hosed down when needed.

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  1. scandiafowl
    I don't know where you live, but do you get them through the winter in the pole barn ? It's a great design and I'd like to do the same in ours as I could add insulatiom between the cage and pole barn wall. Minnesota winters.... Brrrrr!
  2. TheGeekySheep
    I cut a length of foam pipe insulation the width of the nest box, cut it in half lengthwise, and put one half at the back of each box. It acts as a bumper to keep the eggs from cracking when they roll down and hit the back of the collection area. Hope that helps. :)
  3. getreal
    could you plz explain the pipe foam in the nesting boxes? I've been using straw or shavings in my boxes and they keep pulling it out. ty
  4. tntchix
    Such a cute little coop. Genius using joist hangers to remove roosts. *lightbulb moment for me*
  5. TwoCrows
    Wow, very neat and tidy! Can't wait to see your next project. :)
  6. TheGeekySheep
    Thank you!
    When they were in the brooder I kept thinking, "Argh they're getting so big!" but then when I put them in the coop I stood back and went "Oh gosh they're so small!"
  7. cathiesue
    Oh, my. They look so tiny in there right now. Too much cuteness. That's a great build also. Well done.
  8. Whittni
    Cute, cute.

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