Ridelots24s Chicken Coop

By ridelots24 · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. ridelots24
    I reluctantly became a chicken owner on a cold wet Tuesday evening approximately 8:30 pm.
    My neighbor who purchased 6 peeps from Tractor supply this past Easter was surprised when 5months later he discovered he had 3 roosters and 3 hens. A fight erupted one evening and the two larger adolescent trouble makers were picking on the smaller rooster named ‘happy feet’.
    The neighbor’s wife demanded action…..’Either tomorrow nights dinner or they had to go away’ Hence my opening statement. We joke now that the boys were sent to a correctional facility on the west side of town.
    All joking aside, I have learned much from this website and everyone is genuinely helpful. At the risk of sounding naive, I plan on letting the chickens free range in the 1 acre fenced in back yard –vs – attaching a run. I plan to sell/exchange one rooster and purchase two hens. I have contacted local farms in our area, no luck yet. It has been more difficult than I imagined trying to select a rooster to keep. Having a 2 year old child in the house guides us toward the White rooster ‘Elvis’ who does not approach people. The Black rooster ‘Francesco’ seems more aggressive and will sort of side step at you but then backs off when you move forward. I have read on the website an aggressive rooster could potentially protect the flock better. We don’t handle the roosters at all, we feed them treats and they follow us around the yard when we are working or playing….this seems more social behavior rather than anything aggressive.
    Here is our submission.
    It was conceived directly from other coop designs found on this website…so I don’t deserve any credit for being creative. I decided to go with a plywood floor covered with Linoleum with the potentially cold winters in western PA. I have wheels installed on the 4x4 posts but it takes two people to push it around. It still needs some tweaks on the inside and I plan to paint the white windows to match the trim.
    Another outside shot.
    The roof opens up into the nesting boxes.
    The boys seem to enjoy the new coop.
    Any feedback would be helpful.
    Thanks for the great forum and web site!

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    Nice coop and it would be helpful to have some dimensions or plans or pictures of the building process.


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  1. CassChicken
    I wish I had a coop like this one! My girls would be so much happier
  2. karenerwin
    Your coop is absolutely amazing! I love that you built such a grand place when you initially just had 2 roosters. I am also impressed that you are able to move it at all with 2 people. It looks so heavy & big! I hope by now you have gotten some hens for your fantastic coop. Which rooster did you end up keeping? Were you happy with your choice?
  3. sssharon
    I love your coop, I think it's really really pretty. I wouldn't change anything on it. The white windows give it some contrast I think it looks real nice.
  4. Bogtown Chick
    Congratulations on Coop of the week. I had to comment also that your coop was the one I went back to for inspiration on my own coop. Thank you so much for sharing your article 7 years ago. I love my coop and I owe much of it to you!
  5. outside
    I love the design and color on your coop! You did a great job!
  6. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the Chicken Coop Picture of the Week. 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
  7. Chcknlvr3
    How wonderful, and how kind of you to adopt!
  8. myboysmomx2
    Your coop is absolutely gorgeous! I live in Florida but I love the beautiful barns and homes in places like Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. This coop reminds me of those barns. Enjoy your chickens...you've done an AMAZING job with their house.

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