Coop project ver 2.1

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AKCub, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. AKCub

    AKCub In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2011
    Anchorage, Alaska
    Round two of the coop construction game. I learned a bunch about what works with version one and incorporated about 99% of the lessons learned with version 2. Things like a higher sill height to keep bedding in, integrated ventilation, an appropriate sized cleanout door, vinyl flooring for easy cleanup, better use of interior structure to avoid lost space inside, and a few others I am forgetting now.

    First, a look version 0.8 through 1.9. As I said in the craigslist add I used to sell it- It's not pretty, but it's functional.

    Floor layout. 4' x 5' for 4 ducks (3 Muscovy's and a Khaki Campell)

    The studs went on after the vinyl was laid on the floor. I copied the simple coop idea I saw here to minimize wasted floor space because of studs.

    the sheeting went on next.

    Now goes the built up structure for the roof. Notice I built myself into a corner with 4, 5 foot high walls and no way in. So I cut the door at this point... The roof "trusses" were made out of 2 by 2's with blocking. I ended up running one more than the pictures show for support where the roof sheeting met.

    Tarpaper for initial roof covering. I also started faming the cleanout door to make it more rigid. I used the portion I cut out as the body of the door and some leftover cedar fence planks for the framing.
    The pop door cut out. Why are these called pop doors anyhow?

    Roofing starts.
    Roof done a little stain on trim

    Painted. Once it dries it will be the same as house. I hope...

    Big cleanout door with 7" sill height to keep bedding in.

    Interior with styling vinyl siding.

    Pop door. Gonna use plexiglass scrap for slider.

    Still to be done is a couple small windows for light and a better stair setup. The heifer of a drake I have has a hard time getting down the block setup. i might put some insulation in but so far they have just supplemented their feed with any insulation I've used.

    The gang

    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011

  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Dont know a thing about ducks, but I like the improvements you've made on the current version!
    A particular plus is that it matches the house...hopefully. Very creative.
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    LOVE this, thank you for sharing the step by steps and your improvements too. We have been trying to figure out a set up to build multiple houses for all of our ducks.
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I really like it, and you won't need insulation, remember they wear down. just a place to get out of the wind and you have done that and more, way to go.. [​IMG]
  5. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Very nice. I really need a new on and this is about the size we could handle.
  6. Those are nice!! Great job!!
  7. You're dogs face in the last picture though is a crack up! They do give great face sometimes!! lol

  8. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Looking good!
    I just have to attach the lifting roof on my last duck coop (this is my 5th one) and I will be done. Mine do not look as good as yours.
  9. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

    Apr 27, 2011
    Browntown, VA
    Actually, is it quite pretty. Functional too. Do let me know if you get your ducks to use it. Mine are in lock-down now because the prefer to be outdoors.

    Oh - and why shavings? Have you considered sand floor? I really like mine. Ducks seem to like it too - when I can get them inside.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  10. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Songster

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Curious as to what the length and width of the house is. Really cool....will have to show it to my husband - for our next duck house.

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