Rancho Chickacabra

By Chickacabra · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. Chickacabra
    I just finished my coop (aka Rancho Chickacabra), so I thought I would post the progress. I spent hours perusing all the coop designs on BYC and came up with a hodge-podge design of all the elements I liked best. I hope this helps anyone looking for ideas. Total cost of all materials: $440.00. Be sure to check your lumber/hardware store's "culled" pile of lumber. Previously cut dimensional lumber and plywood goes for pennies on the dollar and can save you a wad of cash. The metal roofing is not included in the cost as I already had scrap pieces left over from my patio roof.
    Step 1: Site selection and cedar clearing complete.
    Step 2: Sloping area leveled.
    Step 3: Base of run complete. Underside wired to keep out digging predators.
    Step 4: Coop framed.
    Step 5: Coop floor and roof installed.
    Step 6: Roosting boxes (milk crates) installed. I used the crates upright, cutting entries and egg removal areas on front and back. I used them upright to keep the chickens from sitting on top of them and pooing all over them. I also installed cheap tile on the floor for easy cleanout. I plan on using the Deep Litter Method (DLM), so the removable 1x8's on the sides of the floor will allow easy removal of litter.
    Side view of roosting box/crates. Hanging on metal hooks for easy removal and cleaning.

    Step 7: Front door framed.

    Step 8: Front siding and door installed.

    Step 9: Rear siding and door installed.

    Egg extraction hatch.
    Step 10: Side doors installed for easy cleanout. The 1x8 near the floor holds in the litter, but pulls out to allow soiled litter removal.
    Step 11: Two coats of primer applied to seal wood.
    Step 12: NEON paint applied. I wanted burnt orange and white (Longhorns), but Chloe wanted pinks and other colors similar to "Hannah Montana's" coop. We compromised with neon . . .
    Step 13: Run framed.
    Another view of run framing.
    Step 14: Wire caging (1x1-inch welded) installed on all sides. Foxes, raccoons, and coyotes common in the area. A mountain lion was even sited on our road a few days ago. Hopefully the welded wire can keep them all out . . .
    Step 15: Interior vents also covered with wire caging.

    Step 16: Ramp installed and coop complete.
    Step 17: Wyandotte pullets are here.

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  1. mrs_organized_chaos
    "Great visuals from start to finish"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 19, 2018
  2. Hope Hughes
    "Great step by step pictures"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    The article was great and easy to understand the build. The coop is safe, secure and proper ventalation. Nice job!
  3. Nardo
    "Good article with great visuals"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    Easy to understand and follow the building process. Good coop with lots of ventilation which is important in Texas. Not a big fan of hardware cloth underneath the run; the hens can't scratch around, but a pretty good set-up.


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  1. judyki2004
    Cool! The only thing I don't see is where they roost to sleep... I like that if you ever want to give them extra space is quite easy by adding a nest box right in the door you use to access the nests now! I love the colors too!
  2. pipsypeach
    Very similare to what I want to do. Thank you for the visual!
  3. hot93chick
    looks a lot like my coop. minus the neon paint. i love it though!
  4. michelle59
    This is exactly what I would like to build, any chance of giving the dimensions, etc... so I can a plan to give to the person that is building for me?
  5. Chicks753
    This is perfect! I'm considering copying this - any tips or "if I had to do it again" thoughts?
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