The Triple C - The Crouches Chicken Coop

By brounii, Jan 11, 2012 | Updated: Sep 12, 2014 | | |
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  1. brounii
    The Triple C
    (The Crouches Chicken Coop)

    Hi everyone, I decided to post some pictures of our adventure building our coop. It's been a trying experience, but a rewarding one. The structure is an 8'x12' with the coop part being a 4'x8'. We have 8 Plymouth Barred Rocks, and I can't wait till we get the coop done so we can put our girls out in their new home. Here goes:

    Dug out 8'x12' area to put treated 4'x4's as framing:
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    Notice our supervisor, lol....that's Butterball our 16 yr old cat.

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    Next we decided to put a full hardware cloth layer underneath the framing instead of the apron so no predators could dig up and under the coop (a little pricey, but worth peace of mind).

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    we used zip ties to piece together the hardware cloth. Since it will be buried under gravel and sand, we're not worried about how it looks, lol.

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    Oh, btw, here is a picture of our little fuzzy butts when we first got them (only a day old):

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    Next came framing the walls. We had one day where some of my family came up to help out and socialize. Much fun was had by all, LOL!

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    We used non treated 2"x4"s for the rest of the framing. The front wall of the coop is 7' high, and the back wall is 6' high to give us a nice slope. Here's my husband hard at work!

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    Next we put the framing up for the actual 4'x8' coop part. We used 4'x8' plywood for the floor and ceiling:

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    We checked all of our local flooring stores for remnants of vinyl flooring (linoleum), and this was the cheapest we could find (not the prettiest, but who's going to see it? lol)

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    At this point we started putting some hardware cloth up in the run, but not everywhere yet. Need some open panels to make it easier to put the sand in the run. Now the next picture shows the door that we made by using 1"x4"s. We basically made 2 door frames using the 1"x4"s and sandwiched hardware cloth in between the 2 layers. When finished, it is the same thickness as the 2"x4" framing. (I'm so proud of myself, lol.....it took quite a while for us to figure out how to put the door together. I think it turned out pretty good If I do say so myself, hahaha!)

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    By this time, our chickies are not quite so little. They are quickly out growing the hutch we've been using as a brooder. Here they are at 6wks:

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    We better get crackin!

    So, now the exciting part.....we put up walls of the coop! It's taking shape nicely.


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    We cut out the holes for the windows, vents, nest box doors, and pop door before putting the walls up. You'll notice in the picture above that we had also added the 2"x2" strips (purlins) for the roof.
    OK...now we start with putting the trim work around all the openings (pop door, windows, etc.)


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    I love how the pop door turned out!

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    On to the nest box doors:

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    Next, the vents....we've made them similar to the pop door. We used the trim as a framing for the vent door so we can slide them open and closed.
    Here's open:


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    Here's closed:

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    On to the windows.....we hinged them at the top so we could just swing them open. During the colder months we're going to put plexi-glass on the inside to block the cold air but still allow the chickens some light. Right now, we're using the paint stirers we used during this adventure to prop them open, lol. They're working pretty well.

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    You'll notice we had a wee bit of an issue with the trim covering the door hinge, lol. We just had to move the screws for the trim work to avoid hitting the hinge. It all worked out. May not be perfect, but we keep reminding ourselves....."IT'S JUST A CHICKEN COOP!" hahahaha

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    At this point we're getting so close to being done we can taste it, woo hoo! Wouldn't you know it, we ran into another problem, and it was a doozie! My husband and I decided to do the roofing next. We purchased green sea coaster corrugated Tuftex panels for the roof. Being novices to any building what so ever, we had no clue to what we were doing, but we pressed on. In order to put the panels up, you have to pre-drill the nail holes so the panels don't crack or split. Our problem was, in our desire to get the roof done, we lined up one panel and drilled the holes for that one, then decided to use that one as a template for the other panels. (MISTAKE) It turns out our drill line wasn't completely straight and when we went to put the other panels up the drill holes didn't line up with the purlins underneath (YIKES). Now what? We were quite upset with ourselves (especially because we couldn't afford to buy more panels), but after a couple days of cooling off, we came up with a solution that isn't pretty, but works (I think, lol). We had some scrap panels that weren't going to be used, so we used those to cut 2" strips to cover the drill holes using silicone. Only time will tell wether it holds up or not. Let's hope so! (You'll see the finished pictures at the end) For now, let's move on to the ramp, we used a 6 foot 10 inch plank, and used the scrap 1"x4"s cut up into 1 inch sections:

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    The picture above was also the first day we let the chickens out of the coop into the run for the first time. They weren't too excited about the sand at first. They wanted no part of it. It took 2 days before anyone was brave enough to set foot on it, lol.

    Here is an exterior shot of the finished coop. My 4yr old son is showing it off. You can also see the finished roof:


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    OK....now the inside. The next picture shows the roosts that we made using stair risers and 2"x4"s set on the flat side to keep our chickies feet toasty warm during the cold months. We put them 18" above the ground.


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    We used scraps of wood left over to put in front of and behind the 2"x4"s. That way we don't have to nail or screw the 2"x4"s down and we can take them out to clean and hose off when needed.

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    This next picture shows the roosts with the 30"x30" poop tray (bought at TSC) as well as the light we installed it mainly for egg laying, not warmth. We are using a 40 watt bulb and a timer. Right now we have the lights coming on at 6am and shutting off at 8am, then again at 7pm and 9pm. Seems to be working great!

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    This picture is of the sensor for The Weather Channel temperature gauge that we have inside our home. We can monitor the temperature and humidity of the coop from inside our house. Very nice!

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    Here at the other end of the coop is our nest boxes, which we purchased at Lowe's for $7.90 each. Since taking the picture we've taken them out of the coop since the girls aren't old enough to be laying eggs. When they get closet to that age, we'll put them back in. We just don't want them sleeping in them and thinking that's what they are for. We'll be cutting round circles big enough for our hands to reach through the backside and retrieve the eggs from outside the coop.


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    That pretty much covers everything, I hope! Here a few bonus pictures, lol!

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    I hope this helps others in their process of building a coop, just like the BYC coop design page helped us in our building process! We love BYC and couldn't have done this without all the great information that was available to us through everyone's expertise. Here is just a few of the designs that inspired us and helped us in our process. We want to make sure to give credit where credit is due.

    The Feather Factory ; La Cage Mahal ; "Chichen Paradise" Coop ; "Two Dog Farms"


    9/12/2014
    I thought I would give everyone an update on our adventure with chickens! Here is a link to our addition:


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/898093/2nd-triple-c-coop-finished#post_14075792


    You'll need to scroll up to the top of the original post to see the pictures.

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  1. JimLake
    You have build a fantastic coop and run. I started building a 4X8 coop today. I'm sorry if I missed it, but what thickness is your siding? You don't have any trouble with the front doors not being framed? I'd like to build similar doors, but people tell me they have to be framed or they will warp.

    Thanks for all of your detail, really great info!
  2. path.otto
    Thanks so much for posting such great photos of your coop. It really looks nice and gave me great ideas for the one I want to build!
  3. LEMae
    Nice Coop!
  4. iconracr
    Love this run, looking to build one for my girls. I bought a DYI coup and am thinking of adding to the side of the run like your later picture. Any suggesting son building the run?
  5. IdyllwildAcres
    Nice coop, what would you do differently now that you have used it awhile?
  6. seminolewind
    WOW WOW and WOW!!!!
  7. applebutter14
    I am going to use this idea for my coop, I cant wait.
  8. TLynnP
    Wow! This is just what I was looking for! Thank you for the great pictures.
  9. BeeInNorthAZ
    What a well-done coop and run! Thank you for sharing!!
  10. sunflour
    Really nice looking coop. Love the decor and details you included. Know your flock will appreciate all the work you did for them. I really like the idea of remote temperature monitoring.
  11. brounii
    Thank you all for your kind words!
  12. judyki2004
    I'm in love with this coop, it has a desing i may followed when was building mine, in a smaller scale ! I love all the details, your beautiful fluffy butts and gorgeous boy! Many Blessings!
  13. theoldguy
    Great coup and run and great to have family and friends as part of the whole picture. Thanks again for sharing:)
  14. adjduncan
    Does your hardware cloth go all the way to the roof? I think I see that it stops at the top of your square wall, and the triangle is open. Be cautious if you have predictors like raccoons in your area, who will be able to climb in if they take a notion. Great job, and if it is wired all the better. Happy chicken farming!
  15. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the Chicken Coop Picture of the Week! Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  16. Chicken Fred
    This is so awesome. I want to steal this. Do you have the dimensions?
  17. Bob G
    This is exactly what I had in mind, even to the point that I've already got the uprights planted and concreted in. Then I needed surgery... I'm recuperated now and will continue on from here. I already have the floor in and I've added a plywood roof (flat) that I will cover with a pitched roof just as you have done. I'm going to modify mine just a bit, though, so the afternoon sun does not shine inside the coop. During Florida summers it gets hot enough as it is. I have a ridge vent salvaged from another shed that I will use somewhere in the project just because I have it. Caged Hen, I thoroughly agree with you about not using wire ties on any above ground surface joints where you have to connect two pieces of hardware cloth. I was thinking about using hog-nose pliers and those wire rings that upholsterers use. I have not researched that just yet, just a thought. On a past project, I overlapped two pieces of chicken wire and used some single-strand wire I already had and "threaded" them together. It was sorta difficult and slow going because I was working solo, but I'll bet having an assistant will make it much easier and faster. For the pop door, I'm going to "automate" it using two timers, one to open it and one to close it. The mechanism that actually makes it work will be a pop-up electric radio antenna that can be purchased most anywhere for about $10.00. The lighting will be from an RV battery, trickle charged by a solar charger available from Harbor Freight (which I already have, bought on sale some time ago.) I don't intend to provide any heat because this part of Florida (some call it "L.A." or Lower Alabama), is pretty mild in the winter, even though we did have a three-day hard freeze this past winter. It does not normally get that cold and any fully feathered chook considers cold/cool weather as a nuisance, anyway. Most of the material I have on hand has been salvaged from elsewhere else/other projects. I think my overall cost will be relatively inexpensive, except for my sweat equity. I also intend to caulk all joints in the coop (using paintable caulk) to prevent or hold down as many drafts as I can. I already have the flooring, which is wood-grain vinyl strips (well, la-de-da!) I purchased at the Habitat for Humanity Restore Store for this purpose. Much of the other wood that I will use has come from a granite store that builds custom counter tops, back-splashes, showers, etc. The granite, marble, etc, is shipped in from overseas using wood native to the country of origin. So far I've got wood from Italy and Brazil.TTFN
  18. vehve
    This coop was a good source of inspiration for our coop,nice job!
  19. WhiteLeghorn2
    That is an awesome coop! Great work! (BTW I love your Barred Plymouth Rocks!!) What did their genders turn out to be?
  20. Caged Hen
    Wonderful coop, and reminds me of our new one, built mostly with repurposed materials. Did you cover the area under the rafters with hardware cloth? That would be the one weakness regarding predators. A note of caution to others, although where you used the plastic zipties is OK since they are buried beneath gravel and sand: Do NOT use plastic zipties to secure any fencing above ground. We did and lost 9 of our 10 pullets to a raccoon that chewed through the zipties, pulled back the hardware cloth and squeezed through a 3-inch by 3-inch gridwall opening. You read that correct, a 3x3 inch opening! My favorite hen was still young enough and small enough to escape out that same opening and hide, but the others perished. Needless to say we made immediate upgrades to the run. Now she is 'head hen' to five new pullets. Enjoy your chicken adventure, they are entertaining and engaging!
  21. CheaperPeepers
    All I have to say is WOW
  22. Runawaylobster
    i'm just in the process of making one like yours, but living in florida things are about keeping the inside dry, and plenty of ventilation, no need to worry about keeping them warm... I ran the siding all the way up to the roofing on one end with a diagonal cut, and then on the inside i will leave the wall square as you have but i will finish the diagonal up to the roof with hardware cloth, there will be no plywood roof at all. basically all the hot air will run out via the hardware cloth. Pretty much everything else the same, Up until now i have built coops as fast as i could with pvc and a tarp, but you have inspired me with your design to try to make one as pretty as i can as well... Thank you!!! This will be coop #5 and will hold my Black And Blue Copper Marans Flock..
  23. M Rinier
    That is a pretty Cool Coop. I may have missed where you were from but it looks like lots of ventilation.
  24. HLRS1102
    Your coop was an inspiration. I told my brother I ordered chickens and he decided to build me a better coop than the one I had used in the past. He found BYC and your coop and started brainstorming... and building... and basically doubled the size of your coop! I'm new to this forum so I'm not sure how to post pics here, but I did post a pic in an album on my profile.
  25. ShawnaScott
    I love it! My husband did not think I could built a coop myself, but with your helpful illustrations I was able to!
  26. minifarmkat
    Wow this coop is amazing!
  27. lesgo54
    very nice, thanks for sharing
  28. Phage
    Awesome!
  29. Er1710
    For those of you asking about cost, when we built this coop it cost about $500. That's for lumber, hardware cloth, screws, paint, hinges, handles, the roofing material...the whole shabang.
  30. Er1710
    We built this coop! It's perfect! We even painted ours barn red and white and used an identical corrugated roof! Totally adorable.
    We had to make a few customizations to meet our needs because we live in southern California and the summer temperatures are regularly in the hundreds. We added a huge screened window that goes the length of the coop to increase ventilation. We also changed the night time perches. We used the big, round dowels that you would hang your clothes on in a closet. We have 10 hens, so we mounted 3 perches by drilling right into the sides of the coop. I am also considering installing a misting system, to keep my girls cooler in the hot temps.
    Thank you to the wonderful folks who created this coop and posted so many pictures. We were able to draw plans straight from the pic on the website. Using stackable, plastic bins for nesting boxes was a stroke of genius and we also went to Lowe's and got the same ones. They work well and the hens like them too. They are durable, washable, and the perfect size.
    This is a great coop. We really love it!! THANK YOU!!
  31. Er1710
    Hi Bill082764,
    The wire is called hardware cloth. It is sold right next to the chicken wire at HomeDepot and Lowes.
  32. LoveChickens123
    is it hard to build a 2nd story to your coop love it
  33. bill082764
    where were you able to find that wire? I've been looking for it all over the place and all I can find is 36" X 50' rolls would reall like 48" or higher.
  34. BackyardBitten
    Love this coop! It was exactly what I had in mind and what I was trying to describe to my boyfriend! Thanks for all your pictures!
  35. Back2MyRoots
    Your coop was the inspiration for ours. You should have seen my husband and I on here trying to count up hardware and lumber, ect! I can't wait to post pics of ours!
  36. 3riverschick
    Loving this design. It solves that old problem of how to best attach the coop to the run. Brilliant. Build the coop yard first, then build the coop within it. Also like your arrangement of windows in the doors. Another problem solved for a coop of this size. Ours are the same dimensions as your coop/yard combo. Do have a question. I see you turned the 2x4's sideways when you built the panels. How did you attach the uprights to the horizontal boards in the framework? I can't see from the pics. I also saw those rubber tubs at Lowes and thought they might work for egg nests, smile.
    Love combo, really like it and going to borrow heavily in our next coop.
    Thanks,
    Karen
    Waterford Light Sussex
    Ligonier, PA
  37. DerekD
    Hello, I'm going to start up some chickens and was wondering, 1)Where are you located and 2) how would I (if needed) provide heat in the wintertime?
  38. polishchickens111
    Mine cost quite a bit, because of the Sun-tuf roof. Other than that it was not too expensive.
  39. liv37
    After i convince my parents to let me have chickens i will try and build this with the help of adults as im just 11 years old. Love the design it's awesome. just wondering how much it cost (please dont mind me asking) as my parents dont want to spend much.
  40. mommabird
    I love your ideas here! Just wondering...about how much did it cost to build your coop? (If you don't mind me asking!)
  41. b-nice
    Love the coop design! Nice work. Any quick tips on how to build the sliding pop door and vent doors? Thanks.
  42. tiamo
    Great Coop - Looks like you had a great time building it! I loved involving the whole family in our coop build like you did! I never dreamed chickens would be such fun pets!
  43. lala
    Awesome job! You know, they will all use just one laying box! :)
  44. djgenco
    What a beautiful design. Well built. Well thought out. I Love it, going to share on my page. The Lazy Chicken Coop. Thank you so much for sharing...
  45. brounii
    Thank you all for your nice comments!
    @jakesbigpapa: We live in Jonesborough, TN and we have a wide range of weather. Our summers can get to be in the mid to upper 90's and in the winter our average low temps are in the 20's with occasions going below that.
    @RissasChicks: Unfortunately we don't have any written out plans for our coop since we just went by other people's pictures here on BYC. We just 'winged it', LOL.
  46. RissasChicks
    Where can I find the plans for this coop! Its perfect for my chickens!
  47. jakesbigpapa
    Thanks so much! I'm getting ready to build my first coop and i think I'm going to go with this design, or a variation of it. I was just wondering, what kind of climate do you live in? Thanks.
  48. Rikki
    Love the coop and totally stealing it. One question: Do you happen to remember a supply list? :)
  49. brianb88
    Very nice work!
  50. laceynoelle
    I think...Im going to steal this. Nice coop!! Perfect size for me, thank you!

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