The Backacre Coop

By beclu727 · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. beclu727
    The Backacre Coop
    When the chicks were 7 weeks old, my husband started work on the coop for them. He had to buy some pressure treated lumber, OSB for the walls and floor, vinyl flooring, hinges and latches. He already had 2x4s and tin for the roof. He also bought some wheels, so the coop can be moved.

    Here's a pic of the floor and beginning frame.


    He started framing with the chicken door.

    He used OSB for the floor and sides.
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    Once the sides were on, I started painting with gray primer. And the vinyl flooring was installed.

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    Dave working on the roof joists.

    The roof is installed and the nest box dividers put in place.
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    Some interior shots:
    Nest Boxes Roost Feeder & Waterer
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    Finishing touches:
    Chicken door Maintenance door Nest box cover
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    After finishing painting with primer, the coop is moved to the back yard.
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    Straw is put down and the chicks are moved into their new digs.


    Here's the rough floor plan. (1 sq=1/4 sq ft.)


    And the exterior drawings. (1 sq=1/2 sq.ft.)


    It took another week to build the run/tractor (only 3 days construction, but other things got in the way.


    The coop and run are completed and the nine week old chicks have a permanent home.


    The loquat tree and the shade cloth were installed because of unseasonably hot temps this June.

    Paint for the coop has been purchased. Its going to be barn red with white trim (if it ever gets cool enough again to paint!

    Chicken Tractor Plans (rough sketch) 1 sq=1/2 ft.

    Problems we ran into:

    Coop related -

    We didn't allow for the slope of the roof originally, so the end joists stick up above the OSB.
    Also roof related, the maintenance door had to be lowered so that it didn't run into the roof joists.

    Tractor related -

    The access door wasn't in the plans originally and was added after the frame was built.
    The chicken door had to be made a dutch style door to allow for the slant of the ramp.

    What we would change:

    Coop related -

    Add a hitch of some kind on the side opposite the wheels so we can pull it with a tractor.
    We added an electrical box with 2 outlets and a light socket (with a dimmer switch). Fan is plugged in for cooling.

    Tractor related -

    Put the access door on the end, not the side.
    Make the tractor rectangular rather than a triangle. Triangles look easy but a very hard to construct.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Nice Tractor coop"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 18, 2018
    Nice Job!
  2. SimplyLivinthatFarmLife
    "The Backacre Coop"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018
    Cute idea. Thanks for sharing all the details involved in creating this coop!
  3. Nardo
    "Good pictures of how-to"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    Nice job on the coop. Lost some of the images at the bottom...


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  1. lightchick
    How many chickens can you keep in it? How much did it cost?
    Love it! It's so cute!
  2. PluckyClucker99
    Nicely choreographed, not an eyesore. Like it!
  3. miquwid
    I really like this tractor coop. I'm looking to build a extra tractor coop for my girls

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