The Barracks

  1. danjag
    This medium-size coop has a 4'x8' footprint in order to utilize building materials in an efficient manner. It is fully insulated and has electric.

    The offset roof design allows for windows along the roof line, that you can slide-out and stow beneath. Inside, there is a cat walk along this window line, for the chickens' entertainment, of course.

    When I saw 10" tires on sale at Harbor Freight, I was inspired to make this coop moveable, however, there is no way for it to turn without mechanical assistance. To overcome this, I added a hitch and made a trailer dolly (not shown). As far as moving it back and forth, you can push it quite easily. I suppose it would do great on its own, rolling down a hill. [​IMG]

    My favorite feature has GOT to be the wireless remote security camera I placed inside. I say this, not only because can we watch Chicky-TV ("It's all chickens, all the time."), but when I connected it, my 11 year-old daughter remarked, "Dada, that's AWWWWWWWEEEE-some."

    As for calling it "The Barracks"; I realized, about 2/3 of the way through the project, that it resembled the rectangular house (complete with the window-lined offset roof) I designed in High School Architectual Drawing class, that my classmates mockingly referred to as the barracks.

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  1. FarmerVickie
    I Love it !
  2. danjag
    Update: I was able to convert the analog signal from the wireless security camera to a digital signal inexpensively, with an Encore Electronics Audio/Video Grabber (Model #ENMVG-2). Using a USB port, I can now watch Chicky TV on my computer.
    Next, I will try to create a webcam website for it and you can ALL watch Chicky TV. Anyone want to buy commercial time? ; )
  3. Stumpy
    Great coop and love the Chicky TV. I especially like the design with the window at the top.
  4. wava1vaughn
    Hi from Ga. nice job.
  5. judyki2004
    Nice coop, Love it! Specially chicky tv lol
  6. danjag
    Yes, a wireless webcam would be perfect. If you plan to place it outdoors, make sure to get a weatherproof one. The infrared is also a nice feature. You will need to verify the camera's wireless signal has enough strength to reach from your coop to your computer (or wireless network, if you have a router) and consider that travelling through walls may diminish that range. (Sorry, I can't say how much...)
    Thanks for that link! I'm going to see if there is one I can use. With a webcam, you could use your iPhone and watch over your flock no matter where you are!
  7. ChicksWereDinos
    Very helpful, thank you for sharing. So something like these wireless webcams http://amzn.to/woDi3G? Would be cool to have one for inside the coop, one for outside, and an app to monitor remotely if desired! Love the idea of the thermometer.
  8. danjag
    The camera is a Wisecomm CW3510TX. It's a color video survellience camera with infrared. The wireless connection is analog (hence, no software). The signal is a bit weak, so I bought an extension cord for the receiver antenna. I think if I did it again, I'd look for a digital camera so it would link with the computer. The camera is mounted in the upper corner inside the coop. I have also placed a large thermometer within the field of view. It's nice to be able to monitor the conditions inside the coop.
  9. ChicksWereDinos
    So cool about the camera ... how did you do that? (which type of wireless camera/webcam, did you simply mount or set it in a corner, what software is needed?) I had children who would LOVE that too ;)

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