Coop is almost finished (It's Done!!!!)-now for the run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RobininCT, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. RobininCT

    RobininCT Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    Norfolk, CT
    I received my 26 Rhode Island Reds about a month ago, and pretty soon they will be moving into their new home.
    I used alot of old lumber and all the plywood from an old barn/shed I tore down, which kept the costs down. I also had some roofing material left over from my new barn build, so that helped too, and the windows also came from the old barn.
    The siding is shiplap pine with Flood CWF stain on it (just the front is stained in this picture)
    I wanted to keep the coop up off the ground to keep an eye on the floor and rodent activity, also makes for a nice place for the chickens to go when the snow piles up. I can lower it if I want to, not sure yet, and I can even slide a trailer under it and move it if needed.
    Here's what it looks like today, some more trim work and the windows will be ready to hook up to hinges, a door and steps, and a run.
    I plan to free range with a portable run made out of PVC, so the run at the coop will be on the small size for now.
    More pictures can be seen here[​IMG][​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012
  2. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    That looks awesome. I love all the windows!
  3. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    that's great looking. how many chickens can it handle?
  4. RobininCT

    RobininCT Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    Norfolk, CT
    Thanks for the nice words.
    It's 12x8 which is 96 sf, the info I got says 4 sf for each chicken, I have 26 RI Reds going in so it should be enough.
    We get alot of snow here and it stays from December thru March so I figured they would be spending alot of time in there, so I built it that big to be safe....gotta keep the ladies happy
  5. Eggsoteric

    Eggsoteric Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Nice! Can't wait to see the finished product.
  6. RobininCT

    RobininCT Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    Norfolk, CT
    Well, I hung the windows and window trim, but I need to figure out a cheep way to hold them open and closed. I also built the door and hung that, the latch and handle go on today.
    The coop will be stained this weekend with the nice weather expected.

    I also put the hardware cloth on the windows. The interior has about 8x12 floor space. The nesting boxes will be added to the rear behind that bag of pine shavings at a later date, they will be extended outside the building.

  7. Tweakster

    Tweakster Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2012
    Garden Ridge, TX
    [​IMG] I luv it! Those are going to be lucky chooks! I'm curious if you are going to lay down any flooring to make it easier to clean, or just stay with the plywood (maybe paint it?)? The door from the end is in the perfect location. You obviously put a great deal of thought into this coop, and it shows.

    Again, Great Job!
  8. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Coeur d Alene ID
    That's a great coop! Well done!
  9. cmommyrun

    cmommyrun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2012
    I really like this design and its also very pretty! Looks real high end!!! Lucky chickens!!!!
  10. texas75563

    texas75563 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2012
    Linden, Texas
    Forget the chickens! Let me throw in my sleeping bag and coleman stove and I'll take it camping! Nice coop! The birds should enjoy it when they get moved in.

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