Romadfoxs Chicken Coop

By romadfox · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. romadfox
    Fox's Log Cabin Chicken Coop
    Greetings from the country! We (me, my wife, our 11 year old Maine Coon cat Olliver, and our six hens Ginger, Marry Ann, Babbs, Edwina, Lucy, and Madge) live on a small 9.25 acre piece of tree covered land in the midlands of South Carolina . We always dreamed of owning a log home and after retiring from the Air Force, we bought the land and built the cabin. We both grew up on farms and so after 22 years of living in cities and apartments, we are starting to dabble in light/hobby farming. After seeing how so many people have begun to keep chickens, I was excited to do so myself. The BYC website was an inspiration and seeing the many different coop designs really got me excited. Well, since we live in a log home, I wanted to house my chickens likewise in a log coop. However, I could not find any log chicken coops designs, or for that matter, any evidence of log coops at all. So, with tons of examples of coops on the BYC site, and a little creativity of my own, I figured I'd make my own and I would like to share it with you all. What follows is a a pictoral tour of the log coop building process. I will tell you I only have about $400 in this structure (nails, screws, some plywood, roofing panels, chicken wire, and a screen door kit. Everything else was left over from our cabin's construction, other projects, or taken from the property i.e. logs.
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    Here are three shots of the foundation layout (you get a nice shot of our log home and the inspiration for having a log coop). I wanted the girls to be able to go under the coop so I set it up on some concrete blocks I have had laying around for years. Later, you'll see I wire this in with chicken wire for protection. I should say that there is very little percision in this coop, but the foundation is level (more or less). BTW, the basic dimensions of the foundation is 6' X 6'
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    After stacking about a foot of logs, I framed in the front door and the egg box access door using treated 1" X 3". From left to right is a front view, side view and rear view. Stacked logs are secured to the layer below it by 3" deck screws and 3" nails on the notched ends. The basic dimensions of the doors are front: 3' H X 2' W and egg box access: 1.5' H X 3' W.
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    With doors framed in, it's time to stack logs. Logs are between 2.5" to 3.5" diameter. They're all fitted individually (cut, notched, and secured). I guess I can call it custom made then, but trust me that it is way fanicer soundng than it is. All these trees being used for this coop were coming down anyway as I am clearing the very thick wooded area the coop is located in. You could barely see the house from the coop location before I began the clearing.
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    Logs are stacked at this point and it is time to taper the top a bit before putting the log purlins in place for the roof. I don't have a picture specifically showing the taper, but you'll see later when the roof is being put on. Essentially I snapped a chalkline from front to back to get a slight bit more pitch and then used the chainsaw to make the cut. This last bit was a bit cumbersome (notice the messy state of my work area).
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    OK, I am going to tell you up front I am obsessed about keeping the girls safe from predators. We live in the woods and we have seen foxes, coyotes (albeit dead on the road), hawks, owls, and dogs roaming through the area. So, having said that, this thing is wired inside and out as complete as I could get it. Using my trusty air staple gun, I stapled this wire in about every 1-2 square inches. I have close to 4,000 total staples in the coop and run combined.When the floor is installed, it sets down on the wire with overlap and the wire is then stapled to the floor from the bottom. I also wired over the purlins before putting the plywood roof on. There is no unwired gaps or access in the coop.
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    I used pine logs for roof purlins (what else?). There is about a 12" overhang front and back. The plywood panels are secured on top of the purlins with screws (after they're covered in chicken wire).
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    I used Ondura 79" Brown Corrugated Roof Panels that I got from Lowe's. Very easy to work with (cuts with a circular saw) and should last years without corrosion.
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    I built my own doors from leftover wood from the construction of our home. This was really necessary as I didn't pick the door dimensions based on doors being available in those sizes. I sprayed the whole coop and run down liberally with Thompson's Water Seal Clear Wood Protector.
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    A look at the inside shows my linoleum covered floor and I have also covered the poop boards in linoleum too. I used left over deck rails for roosts and there are roosts and poop boards on both sides of the coop. Poop boards are removable for cleaning. I figure I can put at least a dozen chickens in here comfortably if I want to expand the flock. Oh, lest I forget, the nesting boxes will go in when they get closer to egg laying age, say about 15 weeks from now. I will also upgrade the water system to a no mess water cup and the feeder will upgraded to a secure weight activated model.
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    As I mentioned earlier, I am really concerned about keeping the girls safe from predators. I have trenched around the coop foundation as well as the perimeter of the run to a depth of 6"-8". The chicken wire in then staked tight into the trench and then back-filled with rocks and clay. Also, I have purchased four Slolar Nite Eyes to place around the coop to frighten away predators. Check those out at

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    I framed the run using two live trees and what else? Logs. The run is over 6' high so no squatting when you go in and I covered the top so no hawk or owl issues.
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    I must tell you framing a door from small pine trees is difficult. I used a $8.00 screen door hardware kit from Lowes to hinge and secure it.
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    On the left is a view from the back that shows you wired in foundation below the coop and the side of the run. The photo on the right is just the finished view from the front. The run is about 12' X 15' and again a little over 6' high.
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    With the coop complete, it was time to get some chicks. We went to the Circle T Farm in Blythe, GA to get our beautiful little hens. They were 6 weeks old and just off the lamp whe we got them. Blythe, GA is about an hour and a half drive for us, but unless we wanted to order de-beaked hybrids, very young chicks or adult chickens, the drive was necessary. We selected 3 heritage breeds and got two of each: Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, and Rhoade Island Reds. We also recently picked up two Easter Eggers from Rebel Rooster at Rush Lane Poultry in Camden, SC. We love them all very much and they are so cute! Hours of entertainment just watching them play and grow.

    As I reflect on building this coop I really like that we have been able to stick to the log cabin theme, as we live in a log home. I am very happy that I was able to use my own logs too as they were going to be thinned out and burned. I hate to waste anything. At least many of the logs in this area were used for a noble cause like housing some really cute chicks. At this point there isn't much I would change about it. It is working well. The log door was difficult to construct, and I almost bought a screen door instead, but I'm glad I did the log door frame and covered it in chicken wire. I guess if I had to change something, I'd have run electricity out there so I could have a light for them. Now that I think about it though, I'm thinking solar power. Yeah!
    While it is complete and functional for the girls there are a few things I want to add. I will put the nesting boxes in just before they begin to lay. I want to add a water cup or chicken nipple type waterer as it keeps things clean for the girls. I also want to get or build a feeder that opens for them and closes when not in use. I hate rodents and do not want to invite any through chicken feed being left around to entice them. I am thinking of modifying the big door to to have a pop door built into it. That away when the rain is coming down as it does frequently in the southeast, it has a smaller area to hit to get the coop wet, but still give the girls the option of getting out if they want. Oh , and I have some leftover lattice from the front porch of our house that I will probably skirt the coop in.
    Thanks for visiting our BYC page. Have a great day, enjoy our chicks pics, and God Bless you!
    Vince, Jan, Ollie, Ginger, Mary Ann, Babbs Bob, Edwina, Madge, Lucy Lenny, Veronica, and Betty
    P.S. So as you can see from the names, at least two of our girls turned out to be boys and that is not really working so well. We love the boys though and dig the early morning rooster crowing a lot, but the agressive "mating behavior" is a no-go not to mention we don't want the eggs to be fertilized. So it's time to add a FROG (For Roosters Only Grotto) to the coop, or as I call it the "Roo Cave." Here are the first photos of the expansion project:
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    This design is an "on-the-fly" model. It is roughly 36" wide X 32" deep X 24" high (log courses) and has a roughly 30 degree slanted roof that will lift up for access to the roosting section. When complete it will have a floor access to a small run so the boys can stretch if we're away or slow to get outside to let them out. Unlike the hens, these fellows will free range during the day and hit the roo cave for a safe sleeping experience. I will add more pics as construction is completed.
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    Ok, the siding is on the roof frame (the 30 degree and pack portion). The roof is a sheet of plywood hinged on the top crossbar. I will pick up a Ondura Brown Corrugated Roof panel from Lowe's today and it is easy to put on the plywood. The picture on the right is a shot of the inside of the Roo Cave. It is a simple log roost (what else eh?) that should accomodate 2-3 roosters comfortably. You may be thinking 3 roosters? I have a couple of easter eggers that are a few weeks younger than the others and the jury is out as to wether Betty is really going to become Archie. They look the same except Betty has a much more prominent tail and does that flapping thing a lot. We'll see.
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    I made the boys a ramp to help them get in easier. They are not exactly putting themselves to bed yet, but it's only been a few nights. They're getting better though and the ramp is a must. This a pretty good picture of our roos too. Bob is the Buff Orpington and Lenny is the Rhode Island Red. They have taken to following me around like a faithful puppy. If you're feeling down, nothing picks you up like two roos running through the woods to greet you!
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    I have installed the Ondura Brown Corrugated Roof Panel from Lowe's and that completes the new FROG addition to the Log Coop. The boys are guardedly excited. They have freedom to roam by day and a safe male-only crash pad to come home to every night. Bob is quite a ham and is always looking for a way into the pics.
    The boys have really taking a shine to this place and want to ensure its exclusivity is clearly posted so the girls don't encroach. We hope you find the FROG, or Roo Cave as pleasing as our log coop. It's a pretty simple design, has no exact measurements at all, and is very green as we cut our own logs and use them in the FROG. The only newly purchased items in the FROG was the roof panel and the plywood on the roof. Everything else was cut fresh or recycled. Their mini-run will be installed in a few weeks, but other "Honey Do" projects have superceded that in priority. Have a blessed day!

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  1. Willowspirit
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Apr 19, 2019
    Functional and absolutely beautiful coop!! This coop is extremely well thought out and cleverly built for both the hens and the roos. Lovely. Wish he could build mine!
  2. Chick-N-Fun
    "Awesome Rustic Coop!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Apr 18, 2019
    Love the cabin-look and how you thoroughly predator proofed it! Your flock is very lucky!
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  3. 007Sean
    "Cool build"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Apr 17, 2019
    Like the idea of keeping with the 'Main' house! The only problem I see is the cinder block foundation, I think it would shift and become unlovely or worse case scenario buckle over? Other than that a cool build.


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  1. Pasha838
    Nice work, but... You don`t clean the wood from the bark? I am afraid that if you do not clean the logs from the bark, they may rot.
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  2. ScarletinaVixen
    Can we have an updated visual?
  3. Fishkeeper
    Absolutely beautiful! But you need to cover that chicken wire over. It's weak and only meant to contain chickens, it won't keep predators out at all.
    Maybe just ring the whole thing in electric fence.
  4. FlyWheel
    Beautiful coop (house too, I an jealous). One thing though, chicken wire is not predator proof, it's barely even predator resistant. I've seen my chickens work holes in it! Use something more durable like hardware cloth.
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  5. ChemicalchiCkns
    Entertaining. Mid lands? Spartans burg? Cher aw?
  6. Foristers
    I love this coop! This makes me want to post a blog about mine as well. But the creativity that you put in this is remarkable.
    I am curious to know what an update would look like, now five years later. I would be concerned with leaving the bark on the pine logs as it will likely speed up decay. Any updates on how this coop is holding up?
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  7. CyndiD
    Nice job... what does it look like after 3yrs?
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  8. TattooedKeeper3
    I really like this coop idea. Our new property is heavily wooded. I don't know why this idea didn't come to me already. I will probably go with something very similar to this. =)
  9. Wisher1000
    Opps, I see now that others before me DID mention the's good advice.
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  10. Wisher1000
    Love, LOVE, LOOOOOVE the coop!! I only just saw it for the first time today. My only concern is the poultry netting that you used. I am surprised that no one else has mentioned it. No doubt, they didn't want to be all "That's nice, but..." and if I'm out of line or disrespectful, I am sorry. Poultry wire is not strong enough to keep most predators out. A determined dog, coon, 'possum, fox, etc. can pop the wire from the staples pretty easily. I used 2x4 welded wire and recommend it to go over your run, and around the "crawl space," at least.
  11. chicmom
    That's just awesome! I love it!
  12. Beer can
    WOW! Awesome coop! It sure brought back memories of when I was a little kid, my father built one similar. Not a log cabin style but he used the same type of logs to build the entire frame work, roof, walls, floor, and then used rough cut wood scraps to cover the walls, used galvanized tin for the roof, the only materials he bought were nails and the plywood floor. It's probably 15'x25', and housed up to 30-50 chickens at a time (rose comb RIReds), free ranging in the summer. It's thirty+ years old and still stands, but now it's used for storage.
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  14. TeaChick
    Congrats on being featured!!! =)
  15. TwoCrows
    Oh how lovely!! :)
  16. Godiva
    I love the design! We lived in SC on a very similar size place and right in the woods too. Makes me miss it!! One word though - chicken wire is not enough to keep dogs/ coyotes out. I would put another layer on the outside of the area under the coop and the run. We used only chicken wire at first too, but it is only effective at keeping chickens in - not determined dogs etc. out. A stray dog tore a hole in the fence and then proceeded to tear our chickens up! We put a layer of welded field fencing on the outside of the chicken wire and though the dog tried to get in a couple more times he couldn't tear the field fencing. Best of luck and have fun with your ladies!
  17. theoldguy
    Pretty cool, hen house, looks great :)
  18. wood&feathers
    That is awesome! However you may wish to replace the hex wire with 2x4 welded, or hardware cloth. "Chicken wire" only keeps chickens in. Any raccoon can tear it.
  19. smcgill
    Glad to see you only lost your helmet making this coop!
    I just cleaned out some of my woods also, but smaller poles.
    I built my coop with some pallets.
    Great job! :)
  20. 8machines
    It is just wonderful! I love the separate boys area. Log cabins are amazing. I lived in our daughters 3,000 sq. ft. home and it was the nicest home I have ever lived in. Wish I could have stayed. Congratulations on a job well done!!!
  21. RezChamp
    I tried one quite a few years ago. It was made of 8-10 inch logs and would have been earth floor. I never did finish it. It would've been heavy. Warm, but way too heavy. Especially when I wanted to move it. So now it's just a few walls of logs in the back yard the kids use for playing "army".
    Yours is way cool. Functional and good looking. You were really thorough in your site prep too.
    I like it,
  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. TeaChick
    I've been looking for a way to make a "green" coop and wanted to make a log cabin coop. The problem is that most "log cabin" coops are plywood coops with log cabin-looking exterior on the outside.
    Thanks for posting this!!!
  24. MontanaDolphin
    OMG I TOTALLY love this!!! Thank you so much for posting!!!!!
  25. chickie farmer
    very nice except I would use 1/2 wire. a fox or raccoon could easily tear the chicken wire apart with ease. plus mice can get through and mess in the chicken feed. Good luck.
  26. bahamabanty
    probably my favourite coop on this site. I love how you used stuff thats right there available and I just like how it looks.
  27. tobit
    great coop what a good idea to use the resources that you have more than enough of anyway! just commenting on de-beaked hens, this is really unfair on them: this is mutilation, the hens use their beaks like "hands" - it has the same importance, i can imagine if you had half of each finger chopped off you wouldnt be too happy about it either! just so they don't peck each other?!! - there will always be a pecking order either way, if there are any problems with serious injuries caused then they are probably stressed and normally more space (which you have lots of) is the solution.
  28. ChickInDelight
    I love this beautiful design! :)

    I must say though, 6 hens does not seem enough. More should enjoy this fabulous coop!
  29. miquwid
    I think this is a great coop, i love the roo cave that is awesome
  30. ChickInDelight
    This reminds me of playing with Lincoln Logs as a kid.
  31. Alaska Fowl INC
    Dang I gotta do a Roo Cave ..They wife will love it,,,HAHAHAH
  32. paridisefarm2009
    WOW !!! Amazing
  33. MamaFix3
    This is the coolest thing I have ever seen!!! Awesome work!!!! I wish I was this talented!!!
  34. lizm1221
    this is beautiful!!!! nice job!
  35. romadfox
    Kansaseq, Thanks! We love it too. I planned to chink it initially, but it provides great ventilation for the girls and keeps the smell down so I didn't. I totally chirckenwired the entire inside so nothing can get in between the cracks (which are small). It doesn't get too cold here in SC either. If we get a cold snapp (long in the teens or lower) I plan to wrap a tarp around it till it warms up, but no chink or heat system.
  36. Kansaseq
    LOVE this coop!! Did you chink it or leave the gaps between the logs open? Does it ever get too breezy in winter?
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  38. Scooter&Suzie
    Thanks for the wonderful idea! I might try a take off of this... Hmmmm
  39. romadfox
    MrsDills07 In hope you're kids are as happy with their log coop as mine are. It is quite the conversation piece too at church and work as my friends really think it's neat. Terri74, I think you can use whatever type tree you have available. Pine is plentiful for me and needed to be removed anyway, so this way it was useful and not just burned up. If I had an abundance of hardwood in the same situation, I would have used that. In the long run, the hardwood will last longer too. Good luck!
  40. Terri74
    I wonder if I could use oak limbs and trees instead as my property is 20 acres of oaks! Central California.
  41. Mrsdills07
    Love this. It was just what I was looking for as inspiration for our own log cabin chicken coop that we have almost finished! Thanks!!
  42. Mattemma
    Love this log cabin coop!
  43. FunkinCluckers
    This is just perfect! We live in upstate NY on almost 40 acres of tree covered land....fixing to build OURSELVES a new log cabin, just got us some chicks and were looking for a good design for a coop for them - we found it here!!! Thanks for posting, Fox...this is awesome!!
  44. RomadJohn
    Nice addition, "el presidente"
  45. MaineChickenRun
    If the chickens ever move out...I'd live there. Love the tile flooring in the log home. Beautiful.
  46. romadfox
    All but one has since been adopted out as roaming dogs created my biggest problem. They had no problems bedding down together at night, although there was a pecking order as to who got in first. In the morning, the dominate roo would run the others away from the coop while the hens got out, but soon after all the boys were friends again as they ranged the homestead looking for bugs and what-not.
  47. FiveHens
    The real log-style of your coop is awesome! I also love your roo-isolation strategy...but don't they get frustrated? So close the ladies, but yet, so far? Nice!!
  48. davony's chicks
    Very cool! Great job documenting your progress!
  49. Pump Hill Peeps
    Awsome! I like how you imitated your house style into the coop. and, a log cabin coop! neat. i kinda did the same , only imitated our new barn. some time i'll get the pics on the site.

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