Coop of my dreams - Really Finished now!!! **Updated photos**

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ZooMummzy, May 10, 2009.

  1. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Finally, after a year of designing and researching and weeks of prep work, the coop of my dreams is finally up and I just had to share! [​IMG]

    It is the Quik-Shed from Lowes. We got it on sale for $849 and I am thrilled at the quality of it. The directions say it should take 2 1/2 hours with two people building it, [​IMG] Ah no, but it still did go up pretty quickly once all the walls were assembled, which took a full day. The foundation took another full all day to build and level. We are working on the tar paper and shingles yet today before the rain hits again tonight. We decided not to insulate it because it is really tightly built. If needed, we can always go back and do that quickly.

    All the little finishing touches need to be added over the next two weekends like the nest boxes moved from the old coop, new roosting poles installed, a window, painting (iced cantaloupe is the color, lol) and vents put in (we are using floor vents we couldn't make fit in the house). My husband is also putting in drainage corners inside for my waterers so the floor won't rot. We are fencing in two temporary runs for the girls while we build the permanent 8 foot fence around the back and side of the house which will include buried hardware cloth and retaining wall bricks. Nothing is getting into my girls [​IMG] I will also be covering the runs with netting to prevent hawks (never seen one but not taking any chances) and from the chickens flying out. In total, the run space will be about 23'x26'. The coop itself is 8'x10'.

    I will post more photos as everything comes together.

    The foundation with about 6" of gravel for drainage and dig-proof protection built out of pressure treated wood.

    We put the foundation that came with the shed kit on top of the pressure treated foundation my husband built. We primed it and will be sealing the floor with a non-skid waterproof paint.

    North facing wall. My husband made the chicken doors exactly like I wanted them. The extra plywood inside seals the edges to keep out drafts. I wanted them to open inward and have heavy bolts on them for predator safety. There are two of them because I will have two runs which allow me to close off one side if needed for growing grass etc or I can have both runs (and doors) open for maximum usage. I also wanted two doors and runs so when I need to introduce new chickens to the flock, I can keep them separate inside and out. He will be building a temporary divider inside the coop for this purpose.




    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
  2. Chicks R Friends NOT Food

    Chicks R Friends NOT Food Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Chariho RI
    Very nice. Are you going to keep it that color? You could paint a big chicken on it... [​IMG] (hope someone finds that funny so I don't laugh alone).
  3. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    awesome way to go![​IMG]
  4. sloallie10

    sloallie10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Quote:hehe.. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Beautiful coop! You have been busy! I like the 2 chicken doors/2 runs idea - nice!
  6. Hippie Chickie

    Hippie Chickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2009
    Port Orchard
    It looks great, are you going to add more ventilation? Check out Pat's big ol' ventilation page. From what I see those little rectangles are not going to cut it. I love the idea of two seperate runs though!
  7. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Homesteading_Bound

    Homesteading_Bound Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2008
    There will be no predators getting into your coop at night....and isn't that what's it's all about...

    Plus...Keeping the eggs in one place.

    Fine workmanship!!!!
  9. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:There will be three vents and a window. Each side of the coop will have ventilation.

    And yes, lol I am painting it another color. Right now I have a pretty "cantaloupe" color picked out because I wanted something very girly and light, but depending on how that actually looks, it could change to barn red!
  10. rigagirl

    rigagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2008
    churchville ny
    looks like the same as what we got, 8x10. we raised our and put a wire mesh under floor to help keep rodents out. I was only going to have one door for them to go in and out and i seen on here where someone used a cord and a pullie on it so i wont have to go all the way in for that. we are also going to put up another wall/fence with door in side so they wont get out when i go in and i will have room for the food there and wanted to put laying boxes there and the food and water using pcv pipes on the other side of door so i wont on to in for that either just to clean and open windows. i am in the process of painting so i hope in the next 2 weeks it will be ready. wish i would have painted like you did as it went up.

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