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Chicken TV--our upcycled armoire coop and run!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Anujin, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Anujin

    Anujin Out Of The Brooder

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    We just finished our coop and moved our 8 week old pullets in! We turned a shady underutilized corner of our yard and an old solid wood armoire into a coop and covered run. We got hinges, hardware and paint from our Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, used some extra plywood from another project and made about 1,000 trips to the hardware store for other odds and ends. The girls love it inside so far, even on a hot Texas summer day.

    Here's a view with the doors closed (we have since added a big lock to keep the girls secure at night). The roof is a plywood base with metal roofing, with an overhang to prevent any rain seepage into the coop. The lower doors are a storage compartment for food/etc. The upper doors close and lock at night time.

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    Inside the upper doors is a screened in "window" of hardware cloth and a sliding door to access the nest boxes. The ladies have a roost at the front of the armoire, and another one towards the back wall. There is a trap door in the floor that can be opened and shut by a cord and pulley that runs to the exterior of the front of the armoire. A ladder in the trap door leads down to a covered run area.

    The white wall across the back of the photo is the back siding for a larger attached run--yet to be completed. The run will also be covered by a roof and will have hardware cloth screens on the wall panels, and a people size door.


    We set up a lounge area nearby so we can sit and watch chicken TV in the mornings; our pup Petunia finds it highly entertaining.

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    Here's a side view.

    We kept the original footprint of the armoire in tact, but extended the floor and sides to the back fence (about 8 feet in total length). The finished coop is about 4 ft wide, 8 ft long and 9 ft tal (to the highest point of the roof line). It has plenty of ventilation on all sides and is super sturdy. A door in the siding lifts up and clips to a loop for cleaning. When it is closed it attaches to a lock.

    The part underneath the coop is fully encased in hardware cloth and can serve as a run if we're out of town for the weekend. Two doors in the center of the "downstairs" open and can be attached to the outer frame with a hook and eye for greater access/cleaning and/or for when we finish the larger attached run.
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    I don't know that we saved any money by repurposing the armoire, but it sure looks pretty!
     
  2. dindonuffin

    dindonuffin Out Of The Brooder

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    Man, that is just too cool. [​IMG]
     
  3. just13nat

    just13nat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love seeing re-purposed coops! Yours turned out amazing!! We took my sons old twin size bed and framed it out into a coop for ours, like you I'm not sure that we saved a ton of money by re-purposing but I like the looks of it! We also made at least three trips to our Re-Store Humanity, and I lost count of how many trips to the hardware store, lol.
     
  4. Anujin

    Anujin Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks y'all! It was a fun project that took about three times as long as we anticipated it would. Luckily my husband is a math teacher and carpenter so he was able to wing it and bring to life a less-than-precise sketch I made of what I wanted.

    @just13nat --I'd love to see pictures of your repurposed bed frame coop! That sounds awesome!

    Any tips on how to get 8 week old pullets to learn how to use a ladder? We've been "helping" them up and down each morning/night and I'd love to get them doing it on their own.
     
  5. just13nat

    just13nat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can see it in the background here, halfway painted, lol. We got everything else done, but just can't seem to finish the painting. It's just too hot here now!


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    You can see the headboard of bed here, we bought a cabinet face for $5 from Re-Store Humanity to attach and make "windows."
     

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