Another new coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by eggonomist, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. eggonomist

    eggonomist Out Of The Brooder

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    If the coop looks familiar it's because I stole the whole design from someone on this forum, in fact I was going to have a tractor (see my next thread) but seeing this coop made me decide on having 35 chicks instead of 4. The run was free as I had some posts left over from a job lot I brought when doing my dog run, the fence was what was left and I got a gate and some more fencing from craigslist with all the brackets I needed. The run is anything but predator proof, the coop where they live is on a concrete base, and in the walls is 1 inch hardware cloth making it pretty much a cell rather than a coop. I will eventually put some netting up to cover the top but for now I need a breather as I'm worn out.
    Still some finishing to do but it all can be done in time.
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    First time the door was open there seemed to be a bit of a hold up
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    First SLW to brave the outdoors
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    The Guinea's looking a little cross that there now home is not finished yet (patience girls, patience)
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    The coop is 9 x 13 (8x12 on the inside) and the coop is 30 foot long, I expect to end up with around 15-20 birds during summer with incubating eggs and 10-12 over winter (not counting the freezer).
    I can't believe last year I was looking to maybe having a few chickens in a little box to this!
     
  2. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    That is my DREAM Coop!!! I want a cute little chicken house!! With lots of gingerbread type trim, like the Victorian Painted ladies in San Francisco!!

    That is just too cute!!
     
  3. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    very nice!
     
  4. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooooh!
     
  5. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a nice looking coop! My 6 chickens would be sooo jealous!
     
  6. Firefyter-Emt

    Firefyter-Emt Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just have to add a comment about the overlooked bit of pure genius! That wire chain sling for the mason jars is something to remember! [​IMG]
     
  7. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh lord I have coop envy. My poor chickens are going to live in a rehabilitated hog house! I will never show them that beautiful coop!
     
  8. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is darling. I love the details of the scalloped border, the arched door and the curved roof line.

    By the way, how did you construct a curve in the top line of the roof?
     
  9. eggonomist

    eggonomist Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the kind replys. For the roofline I used a 4x4 post and notched it, I put a 12 ft 2x8 at the bottom of the notch for support.[​IMG]
    Then placed a 2x12 (14ft) into the notches, the 2x12 was cut to the roof line, marking was done with a few nails and a long piece of 1/2 inch plastic pipe that is used to protect electric cables, I bent it along the board and put some nails in to keep it steady and drew the curve.
    The the beams just had to be mitred to fit. Not the worst part of the job but probably the most satisfying.
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  10. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    gee golly that is gorgeous!

    Do you get much snow? I was noticing that the roof will dump over to pop hole, and you will have to shovel out by the front door to open it.

    Sorry, don't want to be a party pooper, but I have winter/snow issues on the brain.

    I am trying to figure out what I can do that will = the LEAST amount of shoveling. (I do NOT like shoveling)
     

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