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TropiCoop

By Skalabs, Apr 17, 2017 | Updated: Apr 22, 2017 | | |
  1. Skalabs
    The BYC forum has been the best source for info on designing my run and coop! I decided to use pier blocks for the posts (12" pier blocks with straps). I also wanted the run wide enough to use long handled tools and tall enough to walk comfortably.

    The exterior foot print is roughly 10' x 12'. The roof is about 7.5' tall in the back sloping down to 6.75' in the front. I used corrugated metal sheets for the roof, and it overhangs on all sides by about 16". There is about 3" of sand in the run.

    I used solid stain for the frame and started the build.

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    I used 1/4 inch hardware cloth that I ordered on Amazon; the cost was much lower than my local hardware stores, and they did not offer 50 foot rolls. I used a staple gun to set the hardware cloth and then followed with screw/fender washer combos in key spots on the perimeter.

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    The coop is about 6' x 6' x 4.5' high. The floor has two parts: extruded metal on the bottom with a metal sheet on top. I place a piece of cardboard as my poop deck under the roost with pine shavings liberally scattered.

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    Two coop walls, one interior and one exterior, are hinged for easy access to the coop's interior.

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    The interior coop wall can be held open by fastening it to the beams above.

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    I found towel racks on sale at IKEA for about $1, so I installed these to hold the waterer and feeder using "S" hooks so they can slide further under the coop.

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    I'm going to add more pilaster columns (there is one in this pic) so the hens can hop up to get to the coop as well as a potential boredom buster.

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    Here are some more pics.

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    Now the run and coop have been up and running for about 9 months. I plan to add:

    -An external nesting box, so I don't have to open the "green" wall each day to get the eggs.
    -Cedar fencing to cover where the hardware cloth is secured to the frame.
    -Make a new door. (Just not happy with the current door, but it works really well; I rushed making the door and had better ideas after the build.)

    More to follow!

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  1. Skalabs
    Thank you mustangrooster!
  2. mustangrooster
    WOW! Its certainily an eye pleaser! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing

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