Virga's Coop Rehab

By gfvirga · Jun 11, 2016 · Updated Jun 11, 2016 · ·
  1. gfvirga
    Coop with a budget of $200
    4' x 12' run
    4' x 6' elevated coop

    My awesome neighbor @armorfirelady found an old coop from a coworker.
    My wife and I rehabbed the coop. It took us about 6 weekends of work. I thought it was going to be less work, but never underestimate a wood work project :)
    The coop was built with scraps and needed reinforcement. Here we removed all the old wire, staples and the bad wood, I reused the old wire to make cages around my plants.
    Home Depot and Lowe's have discounted lumber piles. As you can see the 2x4 I bought to replace the old ones aren't very straight. Our chickens didn't mind and we were able to use it. We spent about $15 with warped 2x4s, but we bought nice 12ft long pressure treated 2x4 for the new bottom.
    After reading a lot of comments we decided to use hardware cloth we buried about 1ft of wire.. I live near woods and we get lots of fun critters and our babies needed protection.
    Reused an old window for one side of the coop for extra light during the winter times. And painted everything with barn paint.
    Nest box - Not straight, but leveled hahaha. I only noticed later that it was this much crooked.
    Using the coop - Planted a bunch of mint, citronella, chives and thyme. Anything to help the bugs to stay away.
    Old tent part is on top of the coop to keep it cool during the hot days.

    Automatic watering about $50 investiment
    Above freezing days
    Garden hose to 3/8 OD flex tube. (I had exactly 25 ft that need of 3/8 OD and 1/4 OD pipes) burying them is fairly easy.
    1/4 OD shut off valve
    1/4 OD to 1/2 male
    1/2 PVC female elbow coupling
    Backyardflock pressure valve (
    1/2 PVC pipe
    1/2 PVC backyardflock nipple coupling


    Winter months
    The pipe sticking out in the back of the coop is for water during the winter months.
    I am going to put a bird bath wire inside for the winter time.
    The ladies are roosting on top of it I will need to put some board to protect it.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Alexander2000
    "Very creative!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 17, 2018
    I like the top part cause it has pretty good amount of space,and the bottom is also a good amount!


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  1. gfvirga
    Hi @CyndiD , I slanted the roof because I live in the Buffalo Metro area. We get about 100in of snow a year. The coop has a rooster towards the top, but the chickens like to roost in the lowest part of the roof. Not sure why they do that.
  2. CyndiD
    nice reno... why did you slant the roof? do you get snow? can the chickens roost up towards the top roof, for a birds-eye-view, so to speak?
    thanks for sharing your project
  3. 21hens-incharge
    What a transformation! You should be proud of it!
  4. Whittni
    Good work.
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  6. lcertuche
    Thanks for sharing. Seeing the bones of the design helps figure it all out. Great pictures.
  7. sumi
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. 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

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