Armoire Coop In Progress

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by urbanadventure, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. urbanadventure

    urbanadventure Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2017

    Okay so tonight i started work on converting my armoire for my two pullets.

    A couple changes i was going to make was lower that center roost about 4 inches. Its currently 18 inches from the bottom and im not sure how i feel with the height to the water.

    I was also planning on adding a couple links to lower the water a couple inches

    Also im "fixing" the doors tomorrow

    What say you? Keep figuring it out as i go? Or should i set it on fire?
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2017
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 True BYC Addict

    Jun 23, 2013
    Hilo, HI
    Space needed (min) 4sqft in the coop per chicken & 10sqft in the run.
  3. urbanadventure

    urbanadventure Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2017

    Theyll have free range outside once old enough and the doors will most likely be left open except at night. Theyll have plenty of space. I dont plan on having more than two hens.
  4. urbanadventure

    urbanadventure Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2017
    Well i finished it. Just need to do some finishing touches here and there.


    Nesting boxes eventually, my two pullets are still only 5 weeks old :)
  5. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2014
    Will this be inside a secure structure? Chicken wire offers little protection from determined predators.

    How deep is this? While it may be possible for your birds to manage to make the difficult hop up between roosts, I can not envision them being able to jump down. There just doesn't seem to be enough room for them to safely and comfortable maneuver between the roosts.

    The round dowels you have used for roosts look to be too small in diameter for adult chickens. You would be better off using dimensional lumber that provides a flatter surface better suited to chicken feet anatomy. Additionally, small round roosts are going to make the jump down from roost to roost even more difficult.

    I'm curious why you chose to put the food and water in the cabinet, taking up valuable space in an already tight area. If they will be free ranging, a better place would be outside at ground level. The way you have things set up now it is possible to approach the water from only one angle. If there will be days they spend locked in the cabinet and one of your birds decides to use the middle roost, access to the water will be blocked for the other bird.

    Lastly, where will you be putting a nest box? There doesn't seem to be any room.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
  6. twigcrafter

    twigcrafter Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2016
    Orange county NY
    I love the concept. Is there a way you could make it deeper? Maybe pull the back off and use it as the floor. add some walls and extend the roof.

    It will be cute if you could make it more comfortable for your hens. Maybe some bantams would like it.
    Good luck, keep us posted on your progress[​IMG]

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