My husband and I moved to a small acreage just about a year ago. We knew right away we wanted chickens and had always leaned towards building our own coop. We found some plans on a great website ana-white.com and started building. The process certainly took a lot longer than we anticipated. Oh, and it got a bit pricer than expected as well. In the end, though, we have our girls (all 10 of them) and we couldn't be more satisfied and excited to officially have chickens!
Here are some pictures of the process:
My husband is super handy (which is just one of the many traits I love about him) and without him, let's face it, this coop would not exist. We started out by building the floor on skids so just in case we need/want to move it someday, we can.
There he is, my handsome husband holding up our first wall - the front wall.
Once we got all the walls built, it was time to move the coop outside. My husband had already leveled the spot so it was good to go.
All the walls are up and connected, now we started on the roof.
And then put SmartSide siding on our coop. We wanted it to go horizontally to match our house. (We like things to match out at Schirm Acres)
We put white trim (like our house) all on the coop and my handy husband made a door.
This is when I come in, I painted the door blue. We have a "blue door" thing happening at our little acreage.
Next we built an attached enclosed run with a roof.
Oh, and we wanted our coop to be fancy and have a front porch.
Here are the girls on their first night in their new home. They like it We have since added a long roost along the back wall and a bigger hand made feeder along the wall. We are in the process of creating a nice water system for them as well...
Chicken door from the coop to the run.
Chicken door from the run to the outside when we have them free range.
Our sweet Golden, Miya, just watching her new friends.
That's it. That's our coop. We love it. We are excited for this new adventure of raising chickens. And oh boy, are we ever so grateful for the yummy farm fresh eggs.