"The Egg Plant" Coop

By navychick · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Apr 24, 2017 · ·
  1. navychick
    Finally our Coop, "The Egg Plant" is Finished, except for sand in the run. Every year my husband builds me something for my birthday. Last year I asked for a chicken coop. He told me absolutely NOT. He must have remembered because this year he brought home a poultry catalog and told me to pick out 12 chicks. Everyone got involved and with the help of this site and all of you chicken experts we chose 3 BR, 3BO, 3 SLW & 3EE. They arrived July 7th and DH came home with his truck full of wood and a coop plan he bought on the internet. Coop construction was to begin except after seeing all of your amazing coops I hated the plan he picked. I suggested we just have fun and enjoy the process, no plan would be needed. Needless to say our coop is NOTHING like what I had invisioned. I wanted pretty he wanted function. What we ended up with is a compromise. Thank you to all of you who posted your coops. They were my inspiration!
    YEA! We have begun.
    We have tossed out the original plan plan by now. I have convinced my husband to put windows on all sides.
    We just moved the header up, which also increase the head space and made it possible to stand inside. A big plus.
    We are hoping to include a cupola at some point.
    4 Nesting boxes are built. DH wanted to put the same addition on the opposite side for storage but I convinced him not to.
    I was concerned that at our slow pace we'd never get this coop done. It would have been handy for feed storage.
    We insulated the coop floor, walls, ceiling & nesting boxes with fiberglass insulation as we have very cold winters.
    It also helps keep the coop cool in the summer too.
    Our run was designed by my husband. He put in the treated 4x4's while I wasn't home to give my opinion :).
    The front wall extends down to allow my husband to attach a "front porch" -his idea.
    For the Run he wanted to be able to walk & "Fly" around comfortably.
    Around the bottom he burried 3 deep, treated 2x8's and then attached
    hardware cloth out just below the soil to discourage digging.
    He covered the front posts with cedar because he thought it looked nicer.
    To attach the hardware cloth he ripped a treated 2x4 in half and screwed it to the 4x4 and made a frame. We attached the hardware cloth to the frame with screws and washers then attached the other half of the 2x4 to sandwhich the hardware cloth.
    We did the run roof/ceiling in the same manner. *note* The Girl's LOVE the space UNDER their coop. They love the shade when it's hot and now that it is getting cold and rainy/snowy they escape the bad weather under there too. I'll never understand why they won't go inside their home when it storms but they do go under it for shelter.

    Inside the run he placed the scrap 4x4's in the corners as roosts.
    Window are cover with 1/4" hardware cloth.
    We put a little roof over the pop door to keep the rain out and snow from piling in front
    of the door.

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  1. Kre8it
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Nov 19, 2018
    I saw this coop a couple of years ago and after looking through hundreds of coops, found this one to be the most adorable, artsy and practical coop I’ve seen. I also love the idea of the sand bottom to keep it clean! Do you sell the blueprint?


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  1. Kre8it
    Is there a possibility to get your blueprint? I am happy to pay for it.
      USMC chicken mommy likes this.
  2. Loona
    Eggcellent! :) Love your coop!
      Table4Six likes this.
  3. clyderiver77
    What is the size of the run? Did you save the receipts for an estimated cost for materials? Wow, what a husband!
  4. lifeonblueberryhill
    Your coop is adorable!! We are about to begin our first coop building adventure!
  5. BantamMama
    Wow, what a beautiful coop and run! I wish I would have seen this article before we built our run (we bought our coop and added a large run). Yours seems so sturdy. The colors and landscaping are beautiful too! I'm already thinking of spring coop projects!
  6. ChattyChickens4Life
    So cute! Love the little decorative accents!
      PastaChickenBoo likes this.
  7. emkawa
    Totes amazing!
      PastaChickenBoo likes this.
  8. Fluttering-about
    Dude! Your husband just won the husband of the year award!!!!!!
  9. room onthebroom
    That is THE CUTEST!!! I love all the extra details you put into it; front door, sky, name plates...
  10. sunflour
    I love everything about your coop - the colors, decor and attention to the details that should keep your beautiful flock quite happy. Thanks so much for sharing.
      SnowyChickenMomma likes this.
  11. rottlady
  12. TheBantyCoop
    This is my favorite BYC coop! Well done, I love it!
    Can you walk into the run without being over?
  13. applebutter14
    thats such an awesome coop!
  14. Indiana Chick
    love the coop! best coop i have seen!
  15. CooperDooper
    Can you tell us the dimensions of the coop and the run please? I have loved your coop since I was doing my initial research before getting chicks 3 years ago. I keep coming back to this post every once in awhile to see how beautiful a coop CAN be! We are planning for a larger coop this spring and I'd love to know the dimensions and if you feel it is adequate space for your 12 girls.
    Has to be my favorite I have seen!
  18. leilanio
    Stunning with great craftsmanship! Love it...
  19. jgoldy2
    this looks like a grate idea and perfect for my 25
  20. TeaChick
    I like the name!
    I wish I'd come up with it first!!! =)
  21. ZamundaFarm
    How awesome…..my husband closed the lid of my computer because I kept oohing and awwing over your coop:eek:)
  22. theGoldenEgg17
    What a class act this special coop is, Fantastic job!! The girls are so worth it!!
  23. Whitehouse10
    5 star all the way for your chooks !!!! Looks fantastic !!!
  24. Jeniep
    Such a pretty coop. The functionality is deffenitly there. Very nice!
  25. lost cowboy
  26. pelicanchook
    What amazingly talented people you are. Your coop looks stunning, an absolute asset to your garden. All the details, like the porch, the steps and the decorations so carefully done, suggest your husband must love you very much. Lucky lucky chickens.
  27. Ivy MG
    i really like the color choice! your chickens look happy!
  28. thechickenboss
    Your coop is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)
  29. shoresmarte
    Can I ask what is a automatic poop door and how does it work
  30. judyki2004
    One of the most beautiful coops i've seen in BYC! Blessings! I absolutely love it!
  31. judyki2004
    such a beauty!
  32. phinux
    I love this coop. I especially love the front porch idea! You have an awesome gentleman in your life.
  33. country flock
    This. Coop. Is. AWESOME!!! I especially LOVE the name! So adorable!!! Your girls, Blanche, Gertrude, Petunia, Bella, Dorothy, Hazel, Henrietta, Mary, Rose, Myrtle, Ethyl, and Sophia are 12 very lucky little ladies! =)
  34. N F C
    Beautiful coop! You have some lucky chickens :)
  35. Troy6671
    Amazing coop! So pretty!
  36. emma p
    Really beautiful! I am a fan of the purple...
  37. KC101
    Nice...Really Nice...
  38. A1momof3
    I Love your Coop! Ya'll did a great job. Sometimes I wish I had just decided to build a entire new building instead of turning a old stall in our barn into the coop. But we will see how it turns out. I love the front porch and the sign with all their names on it. Great job!!
  39. chickwhispers
    Stunning! inside and out! Lucky birds!
  40. Brookliner
    Great building skills, everything your birds could want and easy to maintaine..
  41. MarcoPollo
    Adorable! So creative! "The Egg Plant" :) What a perfect name.
  42. iliamna
    That is an amazing and beautiful coop; lucky girls and they'll lay lots of eggs for you! Congratulations on a great job.
  43. krbowman56
    Awesome coop.
    Awesome name! Cute and fancy coop!
  45. clueless chic
    Wow!! Your coop is amazing! And the landscaping is lovely! I wish we were handy enough to make something like that.
  46. maae
    What a fantastic coop! Great Job. Your Chick Girls are so lucky.
  47. HerbGir1972
    Hey Hey guess what I'm getting for my bday...LOL
  48. wendy44
    I am new to raising chickens. I have my 12 in the garage under lights as it has been so cold here in MD. We started the coop over the weekend. We have the 8 x 8 foundation in. Walls are this weekend. I LOVE your coop. You are both so creative. I have poured over coop designs trying to get ours in order. I like your windows. They look like basement casement windows. Very cute and super functional design. Like you, we want our coop to really accentuate our yard. We also love gardening and it seems that you do too.
  49. featherweightmn
    even the name is cute, LOL!!!
  50. featherweightmn
    Nothing wrong with wanting CUTE! One may as well have something they enjoy looking at everyday. As far as function goes -there's always something you will wish you'd done differently, LOL . .. .

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