1. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2009
    As a fun project that would allow me to learn to use Google Sketchup I decided to design a coop that might meet the requirements of many of the readers on this site. Here are the design parameters I started with:

    1. Keep it SIMPLE. Nothing extra, no details purely for cosmetics. Function first.

    2. Coop materials to cost less than $100.

    3. Coop must provide adequate space, and safe, weather proof housing for up to four large breed chickens. I chose four chickens, because it's a good number for a backyard flock.

    5. No special tools or equipment will be required for construction. Minimum tools include a hand saw and a drill driver. Better, tools would be a circular saw and a drill driver.

    5. Efficient use of materials and no complicated cutting or assembly. Everything goes together with deck screws.

    Here's the final bill of materials I came up with. Price it out at your local Home Depot or Lowes (84 Lumber might be less expensive) and see if you can come under the $100 goal. I think you can. Not included in this list is paint, hasps and locks, and roof covering (shingles, tar paper, roof panels, etc.) These are all optional. Also not included are the blocks the coop sits on. It can sit on 4x4" posts, concrete blocks, skids, wheels, pavers, concrete stretcher blocks, or anything else that suits your fancy and budget. 4x4" posts are shown in the photos. The front window cutout is sized to fit a stock shed window which would add about $30 to the cost, but is an option.

    (2 1/2) 8x4' sheets 3/8" exterior grade ply or the equivalent OSB
    (1) 8x4' sheet 1/2" exterior grade ply
    (11) 8' 2x3" lumber
    (2) 8' 2x4" lumber
    (11) 8' 1-3/4x3/4" furring strips
    (4) hinge sets
    (1) 24"x 6' hardware cloth or welded wire screen
    (1) small box 2 1/2 deck screws
    (1) small box 1 1/2 deck screws

    Here's a depiction of the final product:


    Here's an X-ray view of the construction:


    If there's interest in building this coop, I will make more details available.
  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    Great drawings. Very nice design.

    What is on the roof? Just painted?

  3. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Looks like something for an urban chicken setup where large numbers would not be allowed. My chooks would all try to roost on top of the top nest-roof and poop all over it. Steep slope may be better to prevent that unless it is no problem. Couldn't tell, but is roost higher up than nests? If not, the chooks will spend overnight in nests and fill them with poop. All-in-all, an inexpensive solution for an urban coop, and looks good too. SMall coops can get really hot and I see good ventilation . May be best to have a really light color roof or galvanized corrugated steel to prevent heat buildup.
  4. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2009
  5. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2009
    Quote:It's hard to see in the photos, but there are two perches, and neither are over the nest boxes.
  6. jetamio

    jetamio Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 1, 2009
    New Gloucester, Maine
    Can you supply more interior pictures/illustrations? [​IMG]
  7. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    Isn't there always a "need" for another coop? $100 is a great deal!
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Very nice. I like the basic structure and economy.

    There is way more roost space *and* nestbox space than needed for 4 hens. Have you considered eliminating the bottom nestbox so it is just floorspace (probably with a 2x3 supporting the corners of the nestboxes etc above it?

    Even so, I would betcha a lot of peoples' hens would sleep (thus poo) in those nestboxes, as they are the same heights as the roosts. So alternatively you could have a 4' long roost all the way across the coop, approx 2-2.5' off the floor (how high is the back wall?), and then one doublewide nestbox located at right angles to it next to the popdoor, at floor level or (if there is sufficient height available) 12" above the floor so they can walk below it, with the top of the nestbox being flat, partly below the roost, and also serving as a sort of stepstool to help them get up/down.

    'Mrs Sketchup' looks very 1960 [​IMG] How long did it take to get comfortable using the software? It looks interesting.

  9. robbdebbie

    robbdebbie Professional Chicken Bather

    Jun 18, 2009
    Madisonville, LA
    Could you please post more pictures and plans or directions? Getting ready to build a small coop for my 4 bantie cochins. This woulb be perfect for them. It would be located in my fenced in garden, so no need for a run.
  10. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I like it too. It really looks good and is very functional as well. I could see putting wheels on it and using it as a chicken tractor. I may just have to try one of these in the spring!

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