Chicken Coop Condo

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ItchyChick, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. ItchyChick

    ItchyChick New Egg

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    Hi all,

    Being a city kid, with no exposure to chickens, I have been banging my head on chicken coop designs for about 6 months now. And finally my coop is done! This forum has been invaluable in my initial attempt to house and raise chickens, and I just want to give back a little.

    Here in Seattle, we can only have 3 chickens for lot sizes of up to 5,000 sq ft, + one more for every 1,000 sq ft over that. So I could have 4 chickens! My coop was built for about $250 - mostly pavers, sparrow wire and screws. All wood material was taken from job sites (with permission of course).

    The size of the coop is 4x4 feet and the run size is 4x12 feet. I was very concerned about the racoons in the area as a neighbor of mine lost his chickens to some young, daring daylight racoons. So I decided on paving stones with chicken wire underneath. This coop is a fortress. When the chickens come outside, the pavers will be covered with 5" of wood shavings.

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    Inside, I decided on a piece of vinyl, 2 roosts and a removable drop board for easy cleaning. The nest box is accessable from the outside.
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    Meet Bertha (RIR), Alice (Buff Orpington), Florence (Ameraucana) and Marie (Ameraucana)
    (This brooder box was made from an old interior door.)
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    Thank you all for your help.
     
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  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    WOW! You did a super nice job! Not only does it appear to be extremely functional, it's also VERY pretty! I'm impressed!!!

    I started out with a closet rod for roosting in my coop, but ended up removing it and using a 2x4 instead. With a 2x4, they can squat down & cover their little feetsies with their feathers when it gets cold. Mine actually didn't use the closet rod much, but immediately began using the 2x4 when I replaced it. Just a sidebar of sorts!

    I bet you just can't WAIT to get your girls in there! Please share pics when you do! Congrats!
     
  3. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Very Very nice!
     
  4. Itsme

    Itsme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Outstanding!!
     
  5. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Beautifully done, you city boy, you! [​IMG]
    Very nicely thought out... and it adds to backyard ambience. [​IMG]

    Well, that was sexist of me!! I should have written 'city kid', shouldn't I have?? [​IMG]

    Carla
     
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  6. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    looks great!~
     
  7. starfroggie

    starfroggie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! I love it! Do you have any sort of plans you could share? [​IMG]
     
  8. ItchyChick

    ItchyChick New Egg

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    This was all done on the fly - because I had to use the materials and space that was available. So - no plans. It is simply framing with 3/4 inch plywood shell and some batons.

    The roosting perch is a good comment. Do the chickens prefer roosting on the 2 side or the 4 side of the 2x4?
     
  9. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    That is absolutely an A++++++ job!! Really, really nice, love it! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. KrisRose

    KrisRose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    When they are adults it would be the 4 inch side.
    Very nice coop.
     

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