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. 1TurkenLover
    OPPS Just realized this is a FEW Years old. . . Is the " Sweet PDZ " Safe for chickens ? as our Eat everything, so we have Builders sand in coop under roost and pine shavings/chips in nest box area.
  2. insmokesimage
    How cool is that!! Maybe I should try and get my hubby to build something like that!
  3. ChicwannaB
    wonderful...cute little chicks too.
  4. 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.
  5. lesgo54
    i really like the setup. good job
  6. adgcountrygirl
    Well planned! Great job!
  7. 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.
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. ChickensAreSweet
    Wow nice job! They look very happy!
  13. Extra Java
    Please post the link to this plan.
    Thanks!
  14. liz9910
  15. chickenpredatorkiller
    900$ For a chicken Coop!?!?! WOW! Did you happen to embroider diamonds into the trimming? Haha Just kidding
  16. OrpieLover31
    What is Sweet PDZ?
  17. ChickDrmr
    Very nice! Keeping the price down seems to be an issue for us as well. We are still in the planning phase, chicks come in 5 weeks! Hoping to be able to find some leftovers from some construction, everything adds up quick. Enjoy your chicks!
  18. Anna-MN
    Very cute! What breeds will be filling this adorable coop?
  19. salt and pepper
    Love this coop!
  20. Chickenfan4life
    Awesome coop! Yet another possibility for my coop... thanks for sharing!
  21. OrpieLover31
    This is amazing! I want to create something just like this!!!! Very clever!!
  22. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  23. WayneT
    Kaugomu, I put a little more into it than the plans calld for other than the run. I added sheet fiberglass on the floor and walls to help me keep it clean and it has worked out perfectly with that in place. I also sheeted the interior walls to keep corners from caking up. All in all I think I spent about $900 on the coop itself but I didn't use any old materials. Look around for old 2x4 being thrown away and some times you can find left over shingles at a construction site that they will let you have,
  24. Kaugomu
    I've looked at this set of plans on a few sites and have seen the "cost to build" listed at around $700. I know this will very slightly based on region etc. but I was wondering if you could give me an estimate on how much you think you spent on this for just the coop, not the attached run. Thanks! Love how it turned out.
  25. WhisperingWinds
    Love the roost poop catcher!!! awesome idea!!
  26. WayneT
    Sweet PDZ is a horse stall freshner. Something like cat litter but finer and it keeps down amonia in the coop. Just scoop it out like cat litter.
  27. weluvchickens
    what is sweet PDZ?
  28. WayneT
    I purchased the plans fron Backyard Chickens. Its the dDaisy plan.
  29. rambunctious
    Great job! Do you have any plans you could share? I'd love to duplicate this!
  30. judyki2004
    Very nice!
  31. Roxannemc
    Sand in the under roost pan is a great idea! Nice.
  32. Stumpy
    Lovely!
  33. joan1708
    Looks good!
  34. Whittni

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