Strong , Safe, Low Maintenance Coop

By gimpylou, Aug 13, 2013 | Updated: Aug 13, 2013 | | |
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  1. gimpylou
    We are new to keeping Chickens and this is what we built after 6 months of research and planning.

    This coop was inspired by the Wichita "cabin coop" found here on BYC. There was also other inspirations found in book,online and on this forum that added to the overall coop design. Other design features that I found amongst the pages here such as waters and feeders were added and modified to fit my needs.

    I wanted a low maintenance coop so deep litter, a trough feeder and waterer were a must.The entire structure is made from pressure treated lumber except for the plywood and a few roof rafters that I was able to recycle from a home project . all the lumber is attached with ceramic coated decking screws


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    It started with a block foundation 16' x 6'6" with buried lath wire along the entire length. It also has re-bar driven in all corners and center of the long sections filled with concrete and an anchor bolt installed to hold down the coop.
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    The best helper ever!

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    started with 2x6 pressure treated lumber to support the structure

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    bolted down

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    framing went up quick was able to get it done with my nephew in a day

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    started framing for the nesting boxes

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    my little helpers

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    1/2" plywood flooring installed and window framed
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    Decided to use the Deep litter method and framed the inside with 2x10 lumber framing around the entire inside with 2x4 blocking inside the studs to keep materials from falling behind the walls

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    handle to lift board

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    locks the board in place

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    installed a shed specific window backwards so i could access the locking tabs without climbing into the coop

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    Large hen house door
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    removable perches 3 screws and it out

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    cheep vinyl tile to keep wood from composting with the litter

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    foil insulation lining the entire hen house

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    covered the laying boxes until they are a little older

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    outside door blocked for a few days to get the use to staying in the house

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    roof done!
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    roof on laying boxes complete and long venting window finished
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    two of these installed to help vent the house

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    feeding trough construction

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    installed
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    I had to modify the design to keep it from clogging at the 90° fitting. The 45° fitting works much better

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    ramp hung with stainless hardware
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    6" spacing between 2x3 rungs
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    Rain barrel watering for the girls and the garden complete.

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    Level guage to keep an eye on the water situation.
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    Next was to work on the landscape. It is complete with a herb garden, strawberry patch, grape vines, apple trees, and blueberry bushes
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    Grape Vine trellis
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    complete for now can't wait till everything grows in next Spring.
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  1. gkleing3
    Wonderful coop. Very professional construction. Love it.
  2. gimpylou
    Continued.....
    As for the waterer I wanted to give the girls some options so I used both the Chicken Waterer Cup drinker x2 http://www.ebay.com/itm/120929520586?hlp=false&var= and Poultry Chicken nipples x 4 http://www.amazon.com/Poultry-Chicken-nipple-chickens-hatching/dp/B004NEIS1M .
    It took a couple of days for them to figure it out an I supplemented them with their small waterer from the brooder, but Peanut butter on the nipples and on the trigger in the cup was the trick I needed for them to use the system to drink from daily. I also attached a hose spigot under the barrel to water the garden with and the system was piped with 3/4-- inch schedule40 PVC using Lifegard Aquatics 3/4-Inch Double Threaded Bulkhead http://www.amazon.com/Lifegard-Aquatics-Double-Threaded-Bulkhead/dp/B001EUG9PU/ref=pd_sim_petsupplies_6 to attach these connections to my barrel which I found on Craig’s list for $20.00.
    The support for the barrel is pretty hefty because at 8lbs a gallon this thing will be about 450lbs when full. It is made from pressure treated 4x4, galvanized connectors and 2x4 pressure treated for sideways support.
    Hope this answered your questions feel free to inquire further if you need more detailed information.
  3. gimpylou
    Brookliner,
    The watering system is made up of Rain Harvesting Pty Ltd RHAD98 Leaf Eater Advanced Rain Head- 4 in. Round to screen out all leaves and small particles
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VM9CMK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I also used the Fiskars 5962 Rain Barrel DiverterPro Kit, Black more for an overflow device than for its screening capability as it is only good for large particles
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00387FP5M/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I then added this in expensive device Rain Harvesting Pty Ltd TATG02 Tank Gauge Level Indicator to keep an eye on my water accumulation.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VMFYBI/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  4. Brookliner
    More information on the watering system. How do you filter it? What type of nipple did you use?
  5. Whittni
    Looks great!
  6. lawrencerooney
    Both the coop and the garden around it looks fantastic! Great job!

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