The Taj Mahal

By Lt Dan, Mar 5, 2013 | Updated: Mar 13, 2013 | | |
  1. Lt Dan
    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!


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    The back wall is 6 ft. tall The front wall is 7 ft. tall

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    3/8" 4x8 soffit board for the exterior siding

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    1" x 3" Furring strips for roof large overhang keeps me dry when it's raining

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    window sized to fit between studs The poop door is 16" tall x 14 1/2" wide

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    Stapled Linoleum to the walls stapled 1/2" square wire over windows

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    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.
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    Chicken wire enclosure They seem to like it... at least no complaints!

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  1. Stumpy
    That's good to hear. You have a great-looking coop.
  2. Lt Dan
    I have had it over a year now and no predator has gotten in yet. I worried about that too, but so far so good. I added another piece of linoleum all the way up to the window because they poop down the wall. The Lino makes it sooo easy to clean. I did that for me! :)
  3. Stumpy
    Very, very nice! I especially like the linoleum going up the walls. Do you have any predators around? They can get through that chicken wire easily.
  4. jenfarsh
    Wow! You must be a builder? Very nice, I don't think you will get many complaints;)

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