Rustic Recycled Chicken CoopHi! I'm Rachel and I'm a Chicken-aholic!
We moved into our house in December 2008. At the time we had 2 hens and 4 small pullets who were all living in a fairly small coop. We needed something bigger and better.We now have 6 hens (my babies are all grown up!) and 5 more pullets. Our flock consists of 2 Barred Rocks, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Black Austrolorp, 2 Rhode Island Reds, and 2 Ameracaunas. Of course I want more! I'm addicted to chickens!
I'm in the construction industry so this was almost second nature to me. I drew up all the plans using CAD software. I'm hoping to soon have a materials list and to callout the wood on the plans and then I'll add those.
The bonus is that other than the roof and some of the framing, the entire coop was made out of recycled/reused materials that we had on hand. The previous owners left a lot of wood here, so instead of tossing it out, we put it to good use. I really like the rustic feel of the coop too. There are a few things I would change, of course, but for the most part I'm really happy.
There were issues during the building of the coop, which are more comical than anything else. About 2 hours into the build, our corded power drill gave up the ghost. About an hour after that our best and biggest hammer broke in two. So the rest of it was completed using a screwdriver, a cordless drill that can't keep a charge, and a much smaller hammer. It ended up taking us a lot longer than it should have.
I did make sure to take photos of the building process. Featuring my husband, Tom, as the builder.
Our next project is to run some electricity out to the coop for lights and heating.
Some tips we've learned from this build:
1. Make sure to extend the roof out farther than you think you should. Our roof extends just as far as the nest boxes stick out and the top ones still get water into them when it rains heavily.
2. When using metal sheeting for the roof situate so that it's slopes down to the north (or away from the main living area). We have it to the east facing our house and patio, and in the summer the reflection is blindingly bright, esp. when it was shiny and new.
3. As with any other building project ALWAYS measure twice and cut once!