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Rough Sawn Coop

By craigImb, May 22, 2012 | Updated: May 23, 2012 | | |
  1. craigImb
    I am new here and this is my 1st post. While I have yet to gather any chickens for our future adventure, they do need a home right? So I drew up a few plans after researching and came up with this design. The material on the outside of the structure is rough sawn pine, so it will have to be painted or stained and protected againt the elements. As you can see in the picture I opted for a tin sheet metal roof (To match my smokehouse) The flooring is 2 layers of hardibacker concrete board so it will not be effected by waste products or moisture. The windows are large 24 x 24 inserts made of Plexiglass. I live in Arkansas and it gets very warm here, so the windows can just be lifted out. I also put 2 inches of styrofoam board between the metal roof and the ceiling to cut down on heat build up. It has 6 nesting boxes along the front edge there, with a heavy slanted top on it attached with piano hinge. No animal will pry it open due to its weight.
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    Here is the side of my coop. In the photo you can see the verticle 1x4 that acts as a catch for the lower part (Side) of the coop. That side is attached with 2 2 inch screws that can be taken out so that the panel will slide off so that I can get inside the coop easily to remove the bedding and waste.
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    Here is a phot of the back of the coop. The window/air vent is 6 foot long and 8 inches tall. It has a fold down 1x8 that closes it off from drafts in the winter. All the windows are installed with 1/4 inch wire to keep the varments out.
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    Finished coop after staining and sealing
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  1. Caity
    Wow, you are talented! Beautiful coop.
  2. buzzbeehive
    from one Arkansan to another. Great Job. Love that saw mill rough cut lumber.
  3. Roxannemc
    REALLY NICE!!Your chicken will be proud!!!
    I would enclose it all even the top, as coons can climb and other varmits too.Sounds like it will be great.!.
  4. willowbranchfarm
    Very nice. Great job.
  5. craigImb
    Toxo,
    I had planned on enclosing 3 sides with wire when I add a run. I live next to some 600 acres of wooded land directly behind my house. The area I live is encompassed primarily of wooded area and fields so I am afraid that there are a lot of varmits that will want some fresh chickens. Just not gotten to that point yet. I have planned on clearing out some woods where the coop will go so the run or fenced in area will have about 1/2 sun and 1/2 shade. Hopefully by having natural cover such as the tree tops it will keep the hawks under control. As far as Coyotes, racoons and such I am not sure if I will have to make a full enclosuer or just a fence and maybe put an auto door in the coop for night.
  6. joan1708
    good looking coop!
  7. toxo
    Good job!
    Don't know if you plan to leave it in an enclosure but if not the only change I would make is to bring the legs that are under the nest boxes back to under the main house making it much easier to add a run and enclose the underneath space with wire
  8. craigImb
    LOL thats a smoke house...I smoke sausages and bacon in there. I am from Arkansas but I do have indoor plumbing LOL
  9. OmeletMan
    Nice design and it matches the outhouse!

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