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The Dog House Chicken Coop

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  1. dnichols
    I’ve wanted to get chickens for a while now and my wonderful wife got me six baby Araucana chicks for my birthday. So now I had to figure out a way to house them once they were grown, and not go broke in the process.
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    The old dog house with the sides and back cut out.
    I decided to take my dogs old dog house that she never uses and convert it to a chicken coop. I cut the sides and back out.
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    Back of the old dog house
    Obviously the dog house by itself would be a little small for the six baby chicks so I made nesting boxes for the sides and back. Essentially double the square footage in the coop.
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    Back of the old dog house
    I made the nesting boxes with a hinged roof so I can gather eggs and clean the coop.
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    I used plywood that I sealed to protect it from moisture.
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    I reinforced the lid with a board that I screwed through to attach the hinges.
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    Another shot of the side nesting box. I used the same design for the back nesting box.
    On the inside I’m using a old closet rod for a perch in the new coop.
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    This is the mount for the old closet rod that I'm using for a perch.
    I then attached the sides and back.
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    This is the dog house with the side boxes attached. I also cut a door for the front.
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    This is the back.
    After all this I painted it red.
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    This is the final coop. I added 3 tab shingles to the sides and back.
    I still need to finalize the foundation.
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    Left side
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    This is the back.
    So this is it. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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  1. michelle59
    Awesome, a newbie and looking for ideas without bursting the bank:)

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