Thedudes Chicken Coop

By thedude · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
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    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Our Log Chicken Coop.
    We had a log home built and we had left over log siding as well as some full logs. Seemed like a waste just to burn it in the fireplace and a log coop would be a good match to the main house. The coop was based on this design:
    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]There were some customizations to match the use of logs[/FONT]. [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]It's a medium sized coop, about 7x7. I still have some work to do on the coop: Clear coat the logs, add some trim boards, finish painting the roof, fence the windows, etc. [/FONT]


    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Since the chickens always seemed to scratch all their unwanted snacks down to the one corner of the coop, I decided to turn it into a compost pile. Now we just put our scraps in there, rake the chicken scraps and poo in there, and the pine shavings get mixed in yearly. Plus the chickens like to scratch around in it and contribute more as they dig around. We just used some of it for the roses we just planted.[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Construction [/FONT]
    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]I poured a slab for the base, and mounted bolts in the concrete for the vertical log posts. The logs are grooved to fit together and seal nicely. There are a few gaps I filled with spray foam. The vertical logs have 2x4's on them for the log siding to mount to.[/FONT]
    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]The windows are mounted "inside out" so they can be opened from the outside. The windows I got for $40 at a local Habitat for Humanity as well as the front door. The dogs were very interested in the new construction as well as the new occupants.[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Nest Boxes. I bought some of the cheap (.29 cents/ea) stick on tiles for the bottoms of the boxes. I tried to stick them on the backs as well, but they fell off.[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]This is an inside shot of the chickens door. It is a piece of metal cut from a computer case. It has since been modified to use a curtain control motor on a timer. So, it goes up in the morning and down at night a little after dark. The boards on either side of the door are remnant tongue and groove boards, so the door slides in the grooves. The metal chicken door is nice and thick to keep out unwanted visitors.[/FONT]


    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Here are the new residents on their first day. They pretty much started laying brown eggs right away. Some friends were nice enough to give us some of their Barred Rocks. We've also have 3 White Leghorns that were mail ordered and raised from chicks. They've started laying eggs already, small, but plenty of them.[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]The residents and their daily scrap snack. [/FONT]

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  1. sbriant
    i thought about building a coop from that same plan glad to see it worked out so well
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  3. Countrywantabe
    how did you adapt the curtain motor for the door?
  4. LoveChickens123
  5. buchfan
    I love how it matches the house!

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