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!


    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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  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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