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This is a VERY long, PICTURE HEAVY coop build article. Brew a pot of coffee, get comfy and enjoy (I hope!)
Less than one year into my life with chickens I became one of those people.

You know who I'm talking about. The people who swear up one wall and down another that they will never have more than 10 chickens. Ever. And just a few short months later they are stricken with a severe case of Chicken Addiction, a malady with no known cure. This is then compounded by a secondary infection of Chicken Mathitis Extremus. Oh my.

Yep. That's me. So what's a girl to do when her chicken accommodations can only comfortably house 11 birds? Why she commandeers the 8' x 16' cosmetically challenged shed stuffed to the rafters with a bunch of junk, that's what!

This lovely, albeit quite stinky, structure is destined for greater things.

This side faces the road (north) - that is some sexy paint job, no?!
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This side faces our backyard (west).
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This is the rear of the building (south facing but shaded by the woods approximately 18' away).
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And the east facing side.
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What a diamond in the rough!

A little work to clean this out.
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No problem with all these little elves to help.
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Now, what do I need to convert this shed into my new coop?
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DobieLover
Animal lover and Doberman addict, health and fitness enthusiast, former runner now hiker, once equestrian and showed Western, Chemical Engineer by training and occupation, House Flipper at heart, unhappily retired from it :(. I eat a Paleo diet which led me to wanting chickens for fresh, healthy eggs. After acquiring my flock, I quickly realized that they play a huge roll in stress management.
I love taking neglected houses and renovating them into someone's home! It is the most rewarding work I've ever done and I loved every aspect of it. So, because I can no longer flip houses, I decided to flip a shed into a coop for me and the chickens!

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One of the best coop builds on the site! I love everything about the look and design! I need to borrow you for my coop!! 😂 Fantastic article as well, I love your writing! Thank you so much for taking the time to write and share this article!!
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Thank you for taking the time out of your Sunday to read it! It's not short and I still have more I'd like to add to it.
Very complete and thorough article! Will definitely get DH to read it before building our new coop in March.

I love your appreciation for the rooster. I have two young cockerels who I want to have for a long time. Your patience with Fabio is inspiring!
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Thanks for reading the article. I hope it helps.
My patience with Fabio runs thin some days... but he is just an amazing rooster for the flock so he stays. We have a guarded peace between us.
I have been looking at coops for many months and have not found any that I could look at without thinking of the changes I would make. I want windows....lots of natural light, "poop boards" to make cleaning quick and easy....and an area to isolate a chicken if needed. This coop is larger than I will be able to have....but looking at it is like looking at my "dream coop". I especially like the brooder room/run.... Beautiful....perfect for healthy, happy birds. Thank you for sharing.
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Thanks, BB!

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Wow- I am in complete awe of your talent and finished product!!! I loved your details and pictures, and your story! Terrific article, beautiful work :) I'm sure your chickens are very happy to be yours!
 
This really is so wonderfully helpful. I keep studying it and showing it to Hubby. ;) Thank you so much for posting in such detail—it is very generous of you. I'm probably going to owe you brownies or a tea towel or something for stealing so many ideas and design elements! ;)
 
This really is so wonderfully helpful. I keep studying it and showing it to Hubby. ;) Thank you so much for posting in such detail—it is very generous of you. I'm probably going to owe you brownies or a tea towel or something for stealing so many ideas and design elements! ;)
I wrote this article for people like you. I'm delighted that you really read the details of it.
I still absolutely love my coop. It works so well for me and the chickens and makes my chicken keeping so much easier.
Good luck with your coop build!
 
Wow- I am in complete awe of your talent and finished product!!! I loved your details and pictures, and your story! Terrific article, beautiful work :) I'm sure your chickens are very happy to be yours!
Thank you for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the article.
 

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