Describe 'the Coop Deville' here the coop Deville is a design that i thought of while researching kkeepping chickens.I wanted a design that i s secure,safe,easy to build,and it had to be cheap,and easy to maintain.
Cheap it was with a total of $87 spent on hardware,and pipe.The fence was a freebie,the lumber was freebies,the vinyl was free.
ok inside deminsions are 4'x4'x5',the run is 4'x4'x10',three nesting boxes measuring 14"x14"x14"
given the materials that i had on hand ,Some round fence post,alot of 5/8 moisture composite wood,and various sizes of milled lumber ,I based my plans on that factor,I had 4'ections of the 5/8.based on that I knew i had to come up with something that will last and be easy to maintain.After looking at my dresser and studing how it worked ,I decided to use that concept,for easy cleanout.
iI slotted the frame post,and put together sliders,you would not believe how crooked theese posts were after sitting out in the yard for a year.i started with the drawer,biult my nest box seperate so that i could quickly attach it to the frame.I had to notch out my posts to accept the drawer.
The drawer is is about 6"deep 42"longand 42"wide.I got the idea by looking at my dresser.I put 2 perches in it using some trees that i had cut up.Stablised it using whatever i I found.The nest box was the next thing to go on it ,that helped stabilise it more,remembeer i was working with 4 crooked round posts.
The sliding door was next a 12"x12" framed in to slide.
The next mission was to close it in and tighten it up.I worked on this only a couple hours a day provided the weather held,over a period of a month or so.
on the top picture you'lll see my vents i found an old swing type door in my bilding and cominced the cutting,they are 15"long x8"wide,on three sides,On my roof ,I just scewed a 1x2 up there for my pitch,so I have about an inch or so at the pitch for more ventilation.I attached the door with 2 8 inch flat hinges from Lowes,covered up the pull-out hole for my drawer,via the door.So when you close the door the hole to pull out my drawer is covered.The bottom of the inside coop is completely covered by the drawer ,only 4 small air holes allow air to move around the posts exists.The bootom also sits 2 feet off the ground.Now them kaniving racoons will have a really hard time gettin in.I lock the door with a simple padlock hasp that i found layin round.
Then came the run,the more difficult part of the Coop Deville.This part challenged me in a couple ways,number 1 i had NO long milled lumber to work with ,of coarse no money to get any either,But i was working on cleaning my trail out when it hit me.I could use the trees that i'cutt to build my run.Another challenge ,I didnt know how to put them together.Well you remeber tose lLincoln Logs we used to play with .With nothing but a Chiesel,Hammer,and Circular saw I went to town with them trees and come up with this.I wont say that Iam an expert carpenter but I do know my way round the hammer enough to get me in trouble.Then using the scraps off that I built the ladder the chickens are gonna need.You might say I built this one piece at a time.
I set the lnipples 19 inches from the ground.
No leaks and it operates properly.A friend of mine knowed sombody who knowed somebody who own a farm equipment supply ,so i called them and they said $1.80 for theese stainlesssteel gravity nipples,well i went ahead and forked over and had my son who lives in the town that the shop was in getem for me.Theese will save water in the summertime,next time i will put in a few extra ball valves and a union for easier cleaning,but it will work for now.
My feed and waterer settup.I used a 3 gallon bucket for my tank,3/4 in pvc for water and 4in pvc for the feederthat nipple you see was $1.80 each I put 5 of them on my Coop Dville,2 inside and three outsideunder the drawerI used a jig saw to notch the feeder pipe,then I screwed them together instead of gluing for easy cleanwith a cutoff cap at the bottom and a screw cap at the top ,and and axle type bolt through the middle to allow it to swing out.It will hold the wieght of three or four bricks.Twist off cap keeps the food dry while the tilt steering allows for convient filling.I might would make the bottom pipe a little longer next timeto reach across entire bottom.
.The material you see is 19 oz vinyl iI get from my job.I completely wrapped Coop Deville inside and out for longevity,cuz i know I will be cleaning it often.Now i don't have to worry about making a repair for at least 7 years.The pipe and fittings and all the screws is what costs the most.By the way get the torx head screws for outdoor projects the cost is a little higher but they are worth it .I did not strip even one screw out of three boxes 2 being 3in and one being 11/2.
you have to pull this
and lift this
and push this
next was security i needed something that required thee thumbs to operate,to keep those pescky coons out,some old chainlink fence hardware done the trick,the gate was about all the milled lumber i had,just couldnt get the logs square enough.I stuffed some old pex I had to hold up the vinyl roof I put on the run.The fence was free too I just had to go get it.Both the run gate and slide door are locked useing the fence hardware.