The Girls Summer Home

By lucylover, Aug 1, 2012 | Updated: Aug 2, 2012 | | |
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    Our chicken coop is about a year in the making! We started with a cardboard box, and we slowly moved into a coop we bought online. As our flock of three grew to seven, more space became a necessity. This is when we embarked on our final addition to "The Girls' Summer Home" as we now call it. We did take inspiration from "The Chez Puolet Chicken Coop" online.


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    It was all a work in progress. Even after we started construction, our design changed several times. As you can see, we decided on a New England Cottage feel. Once we broke ground, we could not stop coming up with new features to add on: the copula, vent holes, storage in the back, four bars inside for roosting, batting on the siding, cross-bucks on the doors, and so many more!


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    All of our signs were found at a local shop.


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    The three vent holes in the top were added to improve air flow. We hope the chickens won't get too cold in the winter.


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    There are four bars inside the coop, each getting slightly higher. We have three nesting boxes, but all of the birds seem to like to lay in the same one. The arched design was also an addition when building the coop.


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    The back of the coop is normal with siding and batting.


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    The copula has turned out to be a favorite detail of The Girls' Summer Home! Since it was so small, we had to use one sheet of plexiglass per side. We originally wanted to put it on the inside, but that was impossible due to size.


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    Above is the doorway the chickens use to get up to the upper enclosure from the run below. We decided to replicated the arched design with this opening.


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    Under the entrance to the nesting boxes, we added separate storage for items such as food tins.


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    The nesting boxes are simple and easy to access. There is a latch on the door, and it opens down.


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    Now for the chickens! We currently have seven in our flock. See below:


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    Goob: Buff Polish. (Above)


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    Lucy: Buff Orpington. (Above)


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    Amelia: Ameraucana or Easter Egg Chicken. (The white one above)


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    Ricky: Silver Laced Wyandotte. (Above)


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    Coach: Cochin. (Above)


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    Dolly: White Silky. (Above)


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    And finally, Ethel: Salmon Faverolle. We adore our birds and don't think we could ever get rid of them after they quit laying!

    We would like to especially like to thank two big workers: Brian and Mike. Thanks for the help!!

    Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at our coop, and I hope that we provided some good inspiration for your next coop project! Updates will be made to the page as any more additions are put onto "The Girls' Summer Home!!" Stay posted!
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    God Bless,

    lucylover

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  1. Poultry Power
    do you have plans for that coop its beautiful
  2. OohLaLa
    Wow your coop looks like something out of Better Home and Chickens. It's beautiful :)
  3. Our Roost
    Too clean to be a chicken coop! The chickens need to break it in a bit. Awesome job and posting. I wish you would have shown a bit more of the picket fence and yard surroundings to get the real feel of the total picture. Bet that is awesome also!
  4. Chikenbutwut
    Wow! Very nice coop! :)
  5. Kernel Cluck
    I love the Cupola. Is there anyway for the chickens to get up in there and roost? That would be a great picture!
  6. MorgansManor
    I am so love with your coop so beutiful and function at the same time. Congrats!
  7. sunnyvera
    Love the coop design. I am so jealous, however I could not get my 22 chickens in there, ha, ha. You should be very proud.
  8. herrick80
    great job on the coop. what are the overall demensions?
  9. sophiesmith
    Love the coop and the birds
  10. myyardgirls
    love your coop design..has such character, as do your chickens...will surely enjoy their new "summer home". Chicken are addictive...we hope to add to our flock by 8 in near future..Awesome design
  11. suncatcher
    It;s lovely!!
  12. ChickenCrazy8
    Absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
  13. redneck farmer
    awsome coop!!!!!!!!!
  14. haemony
    Your coop is a work of art. I envy your cupola. I do strongly advise using something with smaller holes over the vents like 1/4 inch hardware cloth. I could be wrong but those holes look quite large. I would use something no larger than 1/2 inch hardware cloth so that weasels are not invited. Anyway and otherwise, that really is a gorgeous coop.
  15. CinnamonQueen
    Wow! Awesome coop!
  16. ellie32526
    Oh, I am so jealous! Your coop is the bomb, and your girls are going to love it in their 'summer home'. Your girls are so beautiful. I can't wait to get my chicks next week. My sweet hubby just finished adding a few things (electricity, roost bars and poop board) to it yesterday, but ours is no where near a work of art like yours is. Ours is just a practical little shed with modifications to keep our chicks safe and warm. We still have to add a pop door and windows and install the water reservoir, but we have time because the chicks are going to be little for a little while. Good luck with your girls and thanks for sharing!
  17. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  18. prayerwheel
    Beautiful! Love the simple spacious interior design!
  19. juliefarms
    I love this! Any estimate on cost of materials you used?
  20. judyki2004
    Absolutely beautiful coop! ( i can live there! ) An the girls are gorgeous!!!
  21. bcmama
    Very cute! Love the decorative ideas!
  22. lucylover
    Sorry, typed that fast... Joists is what I meant to say. Also, I think that shutters on the copula would look really good!
  23. lucylover
    Thanks for the advice! There is actually more than meets the eye: There is chicken wire covering a fairly large gap between the joyces where the walls and the roof meet, the little holes in the front and also space that you cannot see from the outside in the gables. This allows for some ventilation, but not so much that the chickens freeze in out brutal winters! This was one major reason why we chose the design that we did. And we would love to put shutters on the copula, but it is only decorative. There isn't even a hole cut out in the roof for it. Thanks again for all of the comments!!
  24. joan1708
    I also think your coop needs more ventilation. My suggestion would be to take the plexiglass off the cupola and put shutters in there so you have ventilation without letting in the rain or a draft. If you painted them white it wouldn't take away from your shingled roof that is so cute. Your overall coop is very, very cute. I love the doors and black hardware.
  25. MacGuyver
    That isn't a lot of ventilation. :/
  26. Going Bhonkers
    Very nice! Is the copula just a decorative piece to the coop?
  27. Sunnysimplelife
    That is just beautiful. Great job.
  28. Stumpy
    Gorgeous coop!
  29. tracylo09
    An absolutely beautiful coop & gorgeous girls too, not surprised you couldn't get rid of them after they stop laying. Thank you for sharing your story ;0)

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