The Taj Mahal
It got it's name from my brother in law's comment when he first saw it. It is a 8 ft. by 8 ft. fully insulated Chicken coop on skids. The size I decided on because it had minimal waste of materials and provided at least 4 square ft. per chicken. To save money, I re-purposed anything that I could. Door, window, 4 x 4 for skids, 2x4's and metal roof panels.
It has windows on all four sides for ventilation. The windows prop open with a stick and works well to keep the rain out. Windows are built out of 4 - 2" x 2" with a saw groove down the length. Fit the glass into the groove then glued and screwed all 4 corners together. I then caulked along the outside edge of the glass for waterproofing. Simple and cheap!
It has electric to it for light and a plug for the electric water heater. The inside is all painted and I installed linoleum on the floor and up the walls so that I could hose it out without getting all the wood wet, kind of like a big bathtub.
It is built like a house (16" on center, walls and roof). The outside run is built out of landscaping timbers and of course...chicken wire. It's dimensions are 8 ft. X 16 ft. As you can see, I still need to complete the soffit, facia, trim and landscaping.
I'll show a progression of my progress in the pictures. If you have questions feel free to email me. I hope this gives you ideas for your coop... enjoy!
The back wall is 6 ft. tall The front wall is 7 ft. tall
3/8" 4x8 soffit board for the exterior siding
1" x 3" Furring strips for roof large overhang keeps me dry when it's raining
window sized to fit between studs The poop door is 16" tall x 14 1/2" wide
Stapled Linoleum to the walls stapled 1/2" square wire over windows
The roost is on the left is a rounded off 2x4. I ended up
removing the lower row of buckets because the chickens
didn't use them. Hanging water bucket with nipples on left.
Chicken wire enclosure They seem to like it... at least no complaints!
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