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The "I wish they all could be California Girls" Coop

By Hillbillyred · Jan 4, 2014 ·
  1. Hillbillyred
    The.jpg Well my chicken "problem" stated about 6 months ago... I got a book on raising the little buggers and read it about a dozen times. My wife was not on board but when a friend had an incubator I could borrow I quickly got on line and ordered up some hatching eggs and tried to pawn it off on being a "good experience for our daughters"... which it was but ultimately it was so I could finally be a chicken owner myself. It has been a really fun experience and I think my wife is even beginning to get excited about our first egg which should come in the next month or so... anyway here goes with my coop building story:

    Its all started when these beauties arrived from 2 different breeders I found on the auction site here on BYC both were great to buy from and I would highly recommend plus the chickens look great:

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    Of course then it was time to start building a coop.... I combined this one I saw and liked on BYC which has great plans:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/trictles-chicken-coop-with-plans

    And this other one I liked the looks of which I actually bought the plans for but it was more construction than I was up for:

    http://heatherbullard.com/2010/03/our-chicken-coop/

    And the result was this beauty:

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    I didnt take too many photos along the way but I pretty much just winged it and used the plans for the trictles chicken coop but then just started making it my own once I got the basic framework built. My daughter helped with the pink steps if it were her choice the whole thing would be pink. Some things I like/leared/would have done differently...

    1) The trim really makes it look like a finished product I got all of that at home depot.
    2) 2 coats of white paint help with the finished look and I painted the inside as well.
    3) They hens are not laying eggs yet but I dont have a good way to keep the nesting box lid up I will have to figure that out. I should have built it with 2 hinges vs 1 its a little wobbly but will be fine.
    4) I did the pulley door that I saw people on here do and that works great.
    5) I used decomposed granite in the bottom of the coop and that has been good as well.
    6) The coop was naturally surrounded on 3 sides by a brick wall and garage so it lended itself well to this design as I only needed to build the one fence/wall with a door and that gave the hens much more space than a coop with a run built in.

    Here are some more pictures:

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    Window on one side and the gap between the roof and fence lets air circulate.

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    This is the back door its a double wide swing open that makes it easy to clean out the dirty litter... about 1x per month is what I have been doing and that goes straight into the compost pile. There are 2 roosting bars but of course they all squeeze on to the top roosting bar at night.

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    View of the inside... pulley guillotine door and nesting boxes.

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    And here is the only picture I have of it "under construction"

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    Almost done before the fence and chickens moved in...

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    And here is our flock all named by my 2 year old.... Minny, Bambi, Funky (has a weird foot), Funky Sistuh, BokBok, Hello Kitty and Daisy (not pictured below but in the other photos she is the Barnie we bought after ours didn't hatch)....

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    We had to give 3 roosters away but over all got really lucky on the hen/roo ratio... the breeds we have are German New Hampshire, Welsummer, Black Copper Marans, Barnevelder, Olive Egger (splash) and 2 Creme Legbars.

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    Hope you enjoyed the post... let me know if you have any questions.

    Cheers!

    Aaron

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