The Taj MaCoop

By Zeevon101 · Sep 25, 2013 · Updated Mar 30, 2014 · ·
  1. Zeevon101
    The Taj MaCoop

    At first, thinking of getting chickens would be kind of weird, but the fun I have with them is really awsome. In the summer of 2012, one of our friends calls us up and says that he's too busy trucking and he want us to have his chickens. Totally shocked, we accepted the offer but we had to build a coop. My dad ordered the lumber and materials, and got to work right away. The coop took two to three weeks to build. It is a 8 by 17 foot coop, which is pretty big. We decided to have laying birds instead of meat birds because we would only have them for a short time.
    We have a awsome design for their water. When it rains, it pours─ no, when it rains, the rainwater goes into an eavesdrop and fills up a barrel after going through pipes. The barrel is in a shed where we store things. At the top of the barrel is where if it overflows, it goes out and into another barrel that we use for our garden. At the bottom of the barrel is the pipe that is wrapped around in a Pipe Tracer (wire that warms the pipe) and goes into the coop. Then, it goes in these things called water cups. When a chickens hits the little yellow knob (you'll see...) it squirts out water.
    The roost are three feet high─ wait, you might think that high, but 1. It doesn't look that high. And 2. There's a nice foot of soft straw on the floor. The bar has a nice recycled bicycle tires to get a firm grip on the bar.
    The Nesting-boxes 12 by 16 inches. There is a nice thick layer of straw, so the eggs don't break when they fall. The coop has elctricity all around. There is a light in the coop and in the Run.
    In the Run there is a ladder for the chickens to play on, and a feeder that you can fill up outside.
    The Feeder.
    More electricity...
    Water bucket that collects water.
    Water bucket that waters garden.
    The Shed.
    The Pipes...


    The Eavesdrop...

    The Ladder for the girls to play on.
    The door that opens by...
    A lever.
    Chickens having fun in the coop.
    The roosts with bike tire on top so they don't get cold feet!
    The nesting-boxes- Outside.
    Two Australorps.
    The nesting-boxes- inside.
    A Barred Rock Chicken.
    The Taj MaCoop.
    The Water Cups.


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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nardo
    "Nice coop"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Dec 10, 2018
    Great ideas for water and a nice sized well appointed coop. Not too many details or "how-tos".
  2. ronott1
    "Good coop page!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 8, 2018
    The article would be better with build details and instructions.

    I like the functionality of the setup
  3. Anonymous
    "Lots of neat coop tour pics, no "how I built it""
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 7, 2018
    info. Loved the idea of bike tires over the roosts! I read about that someone else recently, and I'm going to research it!


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  1. ChickenLife
    OK I see that now you explained it to us, metal tubing covered with tires, and if they were used that would be called recycling.
  2. Zeevon101
    It is actually not iron rebar. It is bicycle tire cover over the metal tubing.
  3. Zeevon101
    @The Old Yolks
    Yes, sorry about that, we have bicycle tire covers over the metal. They fit just right.
    I forget to include that.
  4. ChickenLife
    Real nice out fit. You guys got it all figured out on the water system to save water, I like that. The door latch looks like it works good too. The feeder box looks to hold a lot too, I like that. How is the Iron rebar working out for the roost? The whole coop looks so good, a very good job.
  5. The Old Yolks
    It looks nice. Just curious are the roosts metal bars? I have read that metal is not good for their feet. I personally use 2x4's with rounded edges and have never had any feet issues. Not trying to tell you what you should or shouldn't do with your birds was mostly curious, In my neck of the woods metal would be a direct cause of frostbite. :)

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