Chicken Ark - The "Coop de Ville"

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kprusac, May 19, 2012.

  1. kprusac

    kprusac In the Brooder

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    Just about done with our Chicken Ark, all that's left is to put some water based [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]sealer on it today. Of course my OCD reared it's head as usual and maybe got a little carried away..............
     
  2. MamaRoo

    MamaRoo Songster

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    wow. That was worth getting carried away with.
     
  3. heidiinalaska

    heidiinalaska In the Brooder

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    I love it!
     
  4. Kjf18

    Kjf18 Chirping

    Great job. Love the handles. How heavy is it?

    KJF
     
  5. kprusac

    kprusac In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the compliments. I gave the exterior a coat of water based "UV flood" which will protect it and it really brought out the grain in the wood. I'm pretty sure my neighbor thinks I'm crazy, she came over as I was installing a vinyl floor in the coop area (for easy cleaning) and was giving me a funny look.

    As far as the weight, its not too bad. It is 8' long and the "footprint" is 4' wide. Most of the wood is cedar, which is a "light" wood. My wife and I can pick it up and move it around quite easily.
     
  6. Debbie831

    Debbie831 Hatching

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    How many chickens should it hold?? New to this and hubby is looking to build a coop.
     
  7. kprusac

    kprusac In the Brooder

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    The plans said 4-5 "regular" or 6 Bantams. It also depends on if you have a larger run or let them free range. We have 5 and are planning on letting ours free range during the day so they will only use the loft part at night to roost and of course lay in the nesting boxes.

    I have seen the figure of 3-4 square ft per chicken in the coop and 4 sq ft in their run area. I have 16 sq ft in the coop area so that should be sufficient with letting them free range during the day. We are new to this and I went back and forth with deciding on a coop design to use.
     
  8. Back on the Farm

    Back on the Farm Songster

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    Great coop/ark... they will be some happy chickens.
     
  9. drpurl

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    Very nice!
     
  10. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

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    Wow thats amazeing O.O want to OCD me one of those lol . I was curius though could you build something like that for a minimal amount of money if you had acess to scrap wood such as pallats or soemthing do you think .
     

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