Ricks Chick Condo

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  1. Rickjenkins47
    As my wife usually says, when I build, I usually go over the top. Building in a back yard that goes straight uphill makes a challenge for any builder, and this build was no exception. I tried to find the best spot for the least amount of pain in my back and eye appeal to myself and my neighbors. as you scroll through my pics, you will see my 10 week journey in which I was able to shed 30 pounds, and spent nearly $2000. Some of the details that I do not have pics for, but are installed are the vents located on the peaks of the coop. The interior light of the coop is on a timer set for 14 hours of daylight. When the timer turns the lights off for the evening, a light sensor kicks on the night light located on the rear wall which can be seen in one of the pics. The window, which is south facing receives the morning light, but is shaded by the overhang. I am thinking about adding a south/western facing window for afternoon light. I am still kicking around the idea of adding a poop board which can be accessed from outside the coop. The floor of the coop has sheet vinyl installed for easy cleanup. There is an outlet mounted in the floor for the heated water hookup. The water will be on an elevated stand with a hole in the top for the electric to be plugged into the floor.

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    And now the Journey begins



    I wanted a coop that I could expand my flock, but you can downsize to fit your needs.



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    Scrub pines keep me busy cleaning up after storms. Luckily there are only a few more left that need to come down.

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    My backyard is nothing but hill! Finding a site that will work for me on the hill has been a real challenge. Start date 2/15/2012

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    Clearing out the dead wood and underbrush.

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    Time to move dirt, and dirt, and more dirt. I hate dirt!

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    Started on the pen with retaining walls and anchors.



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    Retaining walls are in, pen is level with dirt. Pen size is 11' x 12'. Hardware cloth needs to be installed on outside perimeter and back filled at a later date.


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    Started on 6' x 8' coop. Added insulation to the floor. You can see how high up on the hill it is located. Bringing up materials from the back yard was back breaking.


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    Coop walls are going up.


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    Roof trusses installed.

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    Installed 4 nest boxes. Boxes are 12" x 14" with an opening of 6" x 9".

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    Installed redwood siding. The tarp is to keep things dry, and keep me from getting too much sun. Ordering metal roofing tomorrow. Chicks were ordered last night ( 3 Barred Rock, 3 Australorp, and 3 Golden Comets), they should arrive around the 2nd week in April. It is now 3/9/2012
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    I am able to access the nesting boxes from the covered deck. Good for collecting eggs in the rain.
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    Had to keep things dry until the metal roof arrives.

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    I framed in coated 1/2 inch hardware cloth for the screen door.

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    Metal roof is installed. Painting the trim, and moving more dirt. DIRT Again!?#%. [​IMG]


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    A look from inside the pen. The pen is covered with 2 x 4 screen with an overlay of chicken wire for the bottom half. To keep predators away, I am installing 2 strands of electric fence on the outside of the coop at 4 and 12 inches (5000 volts...OUCH).[​IMG]


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    A look inside. You can see the night light on the back wall.


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    Getting the finishing touches completed. Digging out the steps to the coop and will back fill with gravel.

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    Installed 2 roosts in the pen so the chicks can keep an eye on me in the yard.

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    Guillotine door with ramp and you can see the compost bin in the background.


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    Hardware cloth installed, backfilled, stone down and electric fence is on.You can also see the clean-out door.


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    I still need to add sand to the pen, but since it was in the 80's today, I wanted to let the girls see their new yard for the first time. They are 24 days old in
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    The girls are now 32 days old, moved into their new home, and are curiously inspecting every inch of the coop. I will keep them confined to the coop for the next week to get them used to this being their bedding area. One ton of sand has been added to the pen, and the girls will be able to explore the pen starting next Sunday (5/20/2012).

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    The finished project.


    Besides adding a western facing window, I would have added some clear roofing to add light to the coop and pen. I believe the chicks will be happy to be out of the summer sun, but it might make it colder in the winter with the amount of shade that I incorporated in the build. I will probably add a roll up plastic screen to the northern wall of the pen during the winter to give the chicks a break from the wind. I will be adding some butterfly bushes close to the pen to give them an abundant supply of insects during the summer months.



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  1. marine43
    Great job : ) You can fit a lot of chickens in there!
  2. kwhites634
    So how's it holding up 3 yrs later?
    Beautiful job you did!
    First thing that came to mind when I saw the terrain was RATTLESNAKE! Any problems?
  3. Caitlin2013
    Great design! Perfect size too.
  4. pollitaroja
    I always tell my kids I will send them to sleep in he chicken coop for misbehaving. now they tell me they wouldnt mind if it looks like this one
  5. ChickadeeRanch
  6. ChickensAreSweet
    Great work! It looks like a wonderful way to use a hill! Your chickens will be so happy there.
  7. ChickInDelight
    Wow! This is so over the top incredibly wonderful!
  8. crazyhen
    Beautiful. Maybe the only thing missing is a railing to hold on beside the steps in snow weather in case you slip. See, i am old and have to think of such things.Beautiful job. Gloria Jean
  9. Rickjenkins47
    My lucky girls are:
    2 Blue Laced Red Wyandottes
    3 Barred Rock
    3 Australorp
    3 Red Sex Link
    1 Buff Orpington Rooster
  10. myyardgirls
    wow, beautiful job. now doubt much thought/consideration into this project. lucky girls!
  11. cowman1970
  12. EzONeill83
    Wow, that is VERY impressive!
  13. jchny2000
    Absoulutely lovely! Your ladies will be happy for years to come.
    You must be very pleased and excited to have this done,
    I am sure your DW is eternally greatful as well.
    Over the top, no way, just obviously appreciate excellent craftmanship.
  14. sck279
    Truly a masterpiece to be proud of... I think everyone should have one fun 'special' coop, even when multiples are needed. It makes going to that coop a joy! Great job
  15. feather13
    Sooooo impressive! It's beautiful and functional. Wow.
  16. eggsdaily
    Beautiful. What type of are lucky enough to live here?
  17. PluckyRuby
    Wow! Lucky Chickens!!!
  18. furbabymum
    This is wonderful!
  19. tdgill
    more pics of the girls!!!
  20. weimarmama
    Wow, great job!
  21. hartsfarm
    Great Job!!! I give you many props on the gravel. It is hard enough on FLAT ground much less that steep grade. Great job on your coop:}
  22. HendersonFarm
    LOVE THIS! and it's a great example for us to use as we enlarge our flock and their space
  23. naomipoc
    A great coop, very well done. I hope you're justifiably proud!
  24. Kahlo
    Nice job! It turned out great.
  25. 3 Golden Girls
    I can see hardwork went into this coop and you did a beautiful job. You thought of everything .. should have very happy chicks.
  26. new chick 203
    Well done, but you forgot the escalator!
  27. clucky3255
    i looove the coop! it is way better htan mine.. and probably safer too lol.
  28. Knock Kneed Hen
    You thought of everything! Great use of a hillside. Your birds look down on you...or you look up to them...LOL...depends on how you want to look at it You did a fantastic job!
  29. 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
  30. Rickjenkins47
    Athrawn, you are correct about the clean out door. As for the ventilation, I have added a fan to draw out heat from the coop ridge vent, which blows down into the pen. During the hottest days, the coop temp didn't get above 90.
  31. PNWGirl
    That was a LOT of work and turned out so nice!! Thank you for sharing!
    Sheila :)
  32. Athrawn17
    Rick, what is the little door to the outside? Not the egg collecting door or the human door. My assumption is that it is the clean out door. Also, was wondering how you got along with the heat? Have enough ventilation this summer?
  33. CarolynF
    Oh... I like the butterfly bush idea for the bugs, good plan, I just might steal that idea! Thanks! Very nice design, I especially like the covered porch area, wish I had done that.
  34. upthecreek
    That is a fortress !! Beautifully Over The Top is the word ...... better tha most houses people live in !!!
    Anyone would be proud to have this on their property .
    Congrats on a very good job
  35. Roxannemc
    That is really nice and i too love the ppl porch and colors.That green is perfect with the barn red. I get tired looking at your photos! What work!!!
  36. goose chick
    Amazing... wonderful job your chicks are gonna be soooo happy!!!
  37. Rickjenkins47
    Total dimensions of complete unit is 12' x 18'. you could size it down for a small flock, but I plan on increasing my flock in the future.
  38. Rickjenkins47
    I have the dimensions throughout the article, but here they are again with additional dimensions.
    Pen - 11' x 12' side walls 6' peak 9'
    Coop - 6' x 8' side walls 4' peak 7'
    Nest Boxes - 14"x 12" entrance for girls - 6" x 9"
    People porch - 6' x 3'
    People door to pen - 30" x 6'
    People door to coop - 30" x 4'
    guillotine door - 9" x 9"
  39. Athrawn17
    Lovely job, was wondering on the dimensions for the coop and run? Looks like something the wife might be interested in if the size is right.
  40. chickenlady126
    wow thats a beauty . i spent a 1000 dollars and i thought i was over the top . people keep saying there chickens . i tell them you dont love your animals ? that makes them quiet lol. congrats on caring enough to make the chickens safe and happy
  41. judyki2004
    wow!!! much work! Beautiful inside & outside you should name it " A coop with a view" and those steps are awesome! good job!
  42. Rickjenkins47
    I would like to thank everyone for their comments. As for pics of me........no....I don't want to shut the site down. Will definately update photos with the girls when they grow up.
  43. krisendaaves
    you did a beautiful job. especially difficult since it was not level terrain that you were working with. you ought to be very proud of yourself. it would be great if you could post some photos of your chickens, as soon as they are large enough, inhabiting their custom delux home. they are some fortunate chickens, indeed.
  44. Full House
    That looks amazing! Very impressed! Maybe you should post a before and after pic of the weight loss too...kudos on that!
  45. Woodchick
    I love this coop!
  46. Stumpy
    Wow -- I just now noticed the electric fence. You thought of everything, I think.
  47. newbiechix
    Looks amazing!
  48. joan1708
    Oh my! There are so many things I really like about this coop. The colors, the stairs going up to it, the metal roof, the insulated floor, the people porch, and the beautiful hillside. It looks very well thought out and professional. Great coop! You should get a coop of the week spot!
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  50. Lance
    nicer than my house.

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