The Gypsy Chicks

By tomphot · Jul 11, 2016 · Updated Jul 18, 2016 · ·
  1. tomphot
    Here is our Gypsy Wagon Coop. After considering a number of designs, we decided that building one that looked like a Gypsy wagon gave us unlimited exterior design options - nothing was off limits. We contacted Chicken Coop Mansions and gave Matthew our initial design. He built the basic structure, erected it on site and we have tweaking it and painting it ever since. We are still adding to at, shutters are currently being worked on.
    The coop measures 6'x10' at the base and about 1 foot wider at the top. The interior ceiling tops out at 8'. I wanted to be able to store supplies and such inside so we built an interior vestibule which also gives us access to the nest boxes from inside the coop without actually entering their space. The front door to the coop also has 2 halves, this gives us the option to leave the upper half open during hot days for a lot of added ventilation. Speaking of ventilation, 3 windows offer 7 sq ft, I have drilled 6 - 4" holes which are covered with hard wire cloth and the 3/4" space between the metal roof and support beams is also open at the top.
    I built a large run - 16'x24' with a congregated metal roof. Hard wire cloth covers the whole run and is also attached to the outside of the wood fence, we also covered the whole ground with it before spreading a 4" layer of river sand in the run.
    We have started out with 8 chicks, 6 are full size and 2 Silkies. Our town allows 6 chickens per their ordinance, I figured that we may be lucky to have 6 left after they all "sex" out.


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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Nice coop!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 17, 2018
    I love the coop! But there is not enough information in the article for me to build one

  2. sumi
    "Awesome, but need more details!"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018


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  2. shannon84
    Perfect coop and run! Best I've ever seen, absolutely gorgeous!
  3. room onthebroom
    That... is... AWESOME!!!
  4. tomphot
    My wife painted the doors and everything else free hand - the door paint is chalk paint. Depth to the trim pieces is achieved by using joint compound then different layers of paint..
    The wheels were hard to find at a decent price - it seems that a couple years ago, the prices spiked and all of them we found at markets were in the $150 range. We finally found one in Asheville, NC and the other in Monroe, GA during our travels. Both were had for under $50.
  5. Bocktobery 10
    Absolutely fantastic! Would make a nice vardo without the chickens too. Where did you find the wheels? I had wanted to do something like this but could never find the parts available.
  6. sunflour
    Unique design, love the coop....but truly envy your fabulous run.
  7. queeneev
    Stunning! Is that fabric or paint on the door panels (ie; the lotus/mandala design)? If it's paint, what kind of paint? I love this!!!!!
  8. N F C
    WOW, that's a great coop! Very original!
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  10. BantyChooks
    I love it!!
  11. TwinsLoveChicks
    That's amazing!
  12. Littlerob
    Love love it !!
  13. RezChamp
    WOW!WOW!WOW! Again, I envy people in warmer climates.
    Your coop is so awesome. Design and colours. Gorgeous.
    Congrats on having the prestige of being selected for CC-POW
    .....I still wouldn't trade spots though.
  14. LeslieDJoyce
    Super Cute!
  15. harley587
    WOW!! Absolutely looove it~
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  18. Curnow
    Stunning! Very creative and nicely done! Love it all! What lucky chickens!
  19. Yorkshire Coop
    I absolutely love this coop and the colours are fantastic! Congrats on CC-POW :)
  20. sumi
    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
  21. Cheep N Peep
    Absolutely beautiful! Great Job. I love the Gypsy theme... and envy the covered run. ;D
  22. itlog
    so fun!! and well built. Run is a great size too.
  23. Whittni
    It looks lovely!!

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