Pollo Palazzo

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  1. WayneT
    Pollo Palazzo means Chicken Palace in Italian which this coop turned out to be. Finished except for the landscaping this went way over budget and probably better than any other coop in the surrounding area but the girls love it. I got the design from My Pet Chicken under their chicken coop plans. It's the Daisy Coop and was very well documented and relatively easy to build. I built it with the idea that it would add value and not detract form the house and the neighbors wouldn't complain. We live in a fairly rural setting but I am inside the city limits and we have a little over a half acre of land that backs into a wooded area which I hope to fence in in the near future so the girls can free roam in the back yard. I'm retired and really enjoyed the time spent on this project. Right now we are in the process of fencing in our garden area to make it secure from deer and rabbits but also it will become a duck pen and coop area later this year.

    Here's some pictures:

    This is the front of the coop with the hatch door so I can easily change water and food without going into the run area. You can't see it from this angle but there are 2 windows in the front of the coop under the run.

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    The back of the coop showing the large doors that allow me to get in and clean very easily. This view also shows a closer view of one of the nest boxes. Three nests on each side of the coop.

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    Following is the back of the coop with the doors open. You can see the roosts and the closed nest boxes that will be reopened when the girls decide they want to start laying.
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    Here is a close up of the roost/poop catcher. Both of these are removable and filled with Sweet PDZ for easy clean up. You can see the windows from the inside.
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    Here are the girls with their first day in their run and having a blast playing chicken in the grass, chasing bugs and scratching around and doing other chicken things.
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  1. insmokesimage
    How cool is that!! Maybe I should try and get my hubby to build something like that!
  2. ChicwannaB
    wonderful...cute little chicks too.
  3. porcupine73
    Wow, that is an awesome coop. Nice work. $900 doesn't seem bad in materials at all. The cost of building supplies, well, and everything, has gone up noticeably in recent years.
  4. lesgo54
    i really like the setup. good job
  5. adgcountrygirl
    Well planned! Great job!
  6. WayneT
    The top on the run is secured with screws with rubber washers, and yes they are 2 ft. panels. Ask the store where you buy the fiberglass sheeting what screws to use. The panels are screwed into a 2x4 square lattice underneath that you can't see, very sturdy and a lot of screws. The fiberglass has held up very well even in some very high winds which we are famous for in the spring here in Tennessee. The roof looks flat but it's not, it has about a 7 degree pitch which allows the rain water to run off down hill. I got the plans here http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog...op-w-Run-Building-Plans-12-chickens-p921.aspx but made some modifications to it myself. The only modification I would make on this after using it for the last year is the roosts boxes. I would widen them by about three inches, my girls have big butts and have a tendency to poop over the edge.
    One other thing that I have found, with the use of the fiberglass panels on the floor of the coop it has made for easy cleanup. I have two bails of pine shavings in the coop and I have not changed it yet. I plan on changing it out probably in early summer before it gets hot. Even after almost a year the pine shaving look really good, probably because most of the poop ends up in the roost catch and that gets cleaned every other day. The way the coop is built allows the girls to go under the coop and gives them a little sense of security. I've heard this area called a chicken patio, very appropriate, they spend a lot of time under there.
    Again, thanks for the comments and if you have any more questions please ask.
  7. WayneT
    Thanks for all the really nice comments. I'll try to answer all of your questions but if I miss some one please let me know. The coop still stands after almost a year and it's still doing very well. I have 9 full grown birds in the coop now all laying. There are 2 barred rocks, two RIR's, two Orpington's (they are the sweetest of the bunch), two silver Wyandotte's and one Columbian.
    Sweet PDZ can be found at most farm supply stores, I get mine at Tractor Supply. It is a horse stall freshener used to keep down ammonia. It works somewhat like kitty litter with chickens but better. I clean out the poops from the roosts every other day and it just makes cleaning a lot easier. One bag has lasted almost a year. I just refilled one of the two roosts the other day because the girls like one side over the other so I still have more than half a bag left when needed. One bag fills both roosts nicely. Check out the link above also for more answers.
    The cost, I know seems a little high but we did use all new materials. This is a stationary coop cemented into the ground and I wanted it to compliment the house as part of the total package. Although we are in a very rural area I live in the city limits and have to have a permit to have the girls so I didn't want any of the neighbors complaining about an ugly coop. Square footage is 32 Sq feet but that does not include the nest boxes. It's big enough to house 12 full sized birds with out a problem. (continued)
  8. jchny2000
    Thank you so much for sharing, LOVELY! And I am sure pleasant to the neighbors eyes as well. With that large of a coop and run I would say you did an amazing job on the cost, building materials are crazy expensive anymore. What is the square footage of the coop itself, measurement of height\length not including the run? (chicken math, ya know? lol)
  9. Horse Chick
    Very nice coop. Giving me ideas for the redesign of ours, we made ours with no plans and are running into some water issues when we get a lot of rain. With the cover on the pen how did you secure it? Is each piece about 2 feet wide? I was wondering about using this on our pen as having it open to the rain has been a lot of work and loss of sand in the pen.
  10. Betsy57
    Looks like you did a great job! Pat yourself on the back! Is it a tractor or will it stay where it is? Looks like it could be moved around to fresh grass.

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