1st coop - Chicken Anniversary present from Hubby and sons

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by new2chix, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. new2chix

    new2chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    New Palestine Indiana
    We got a few chicks from TSC in late March, and now I am certifiably obsessed. We threw together a run in the early summer (it only keeps in the roo, the hens fly out at will) and kept the chickens in a cage in the garage at night. Been discussing and reading about coops all summer and hubby finally came up with a design. He and my boys (grown men actually, at 22 and 24) bought the supplies and built it for me for our anniversary. It still needs the siding (left over from when we re-sided our house) put on and the electricity run out. [​IMG]
    It is 8x8, and 9' tall at the highest point to accommodate the door. So for we have one window, and purposely left ventilation "cracks" under the eaves. There are 3 nest boxes, and a roost above (with a shelf for poop catcher tubs under). [​IMG] [​IMG]
    We hung the feeder and waterer (had to take it down, figure a way to keep the hanger from sliding) and one of my sons is going to make a couple of narrow wooden troughs for grit and oyster shell to screw into the sides (my Christmas present from him this year). We still will need a way for the hens to get to the roost, though the four hens I currently have just fly up there. [​IMG] We currently have 4 hens, 1 roo, and 1 duck. I'm planning on having 12 - 15 total, and I'm hoping this is big enough. I'm so proud of my men - they did such a nice job!
  2. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
  3. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    I love it! It's so cute hot it's built on the house like that, I love the poop collection bins great idea!
  4. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    wow, nice coop. happy anniversary
  5. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Great job. It's going to look awesome once they get the matching siding up!!

    I too like the poop catchers.
  6. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    That's a really nice gift!
  7. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Very beautiful, I betie you painted the ouside by now, what color?

  8. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    lenoir north carolina
    wow nice loooking coop!
  9. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    [​IMG] cool design
  10. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

    Nov 12, 2008
    Beautiful job they did! Be sure and paint the fiber board with a coating of "Kilz" before it rains on it. maybe they (boys and husband) would put some siding on it to keep it dry and match the house too??[​IMG]

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