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Critique my Supercool Coop (finaly completed with pictures)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hoog, May 7, 2009.

  1. hoog

    hoog Songster

    edit: Its done! Thanks to advice on this forum I made a few changes to the design and put it together yesterday and today. For the roof I deviated from the plans a bit and regretted. It was a lot of work but it will hopefully save time later and I think the chickens will like it. Pics of the process and the plans below.

    Well.... I think its supercool. [​IMG]

    I am planning on building a coop this weekend and get my chicks out of the leaky shed they’re in now. Acording to my plans this coop should be light, inexpensive, sturdy, simple, apealing to the eye, warm in the short winter, and cool in the long summer.

    I live in SW Oklahoma so the summers are long and sometimes get into the triple digit temperatures. In the winter it usually gets into freezing temperatures for a month or two.


    Building Process:





    Finished Product:




    There is a peice of plywood cut for the center of the floor.

    I set it up so that it will be easy to remove to clean or replace. I will probably paint it next weekend. Any suggestions on color scheme?
    Last edited: May 29, 2009

  2. emilyweck

    emilyweck Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    Love it! Just make sure they're protected from the bottom so nothing can stick their little claws through. Did you design this?
  3. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    Hmmm.. Looks a little two dimensional.. [​IMG]

    I don't think that two people will be able to move it, or, moreover if they can will enjoy it.. Besides that the design looks sound.

    What about run space, is it just what's UNDER the main body?

    RE: Moving it.. Removable pneumatic tires will be your friend.
  4. humboldtchicken

    humboldtchicken In the Brooder

    May 5, 2009
    how many chickens are you keeping in there? looks nice.
  5. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    I see no mention of roosts or nest boxes. Depending on how you do both, that can suck up floor space and affect how many birds you can have.. Duh me for not even asking how many birds you're planning on. :p
  6. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    Looks very spacious, I would like to hear more detail on a run and nest boxes. I'm was just talking about making a 8x8 coop today although I didn't know where to start this plan seems like a good start tho! good job on the design!
  7. Over Easy in Adna

    Over Easy in Adna Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Adna Washington
    I don't like the colors, can you do it in something besides black and white?

  8. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Must agree with Darkwolf, it will be too heavy to lift with any ease, if at all. Nothing wrong with it otherwise, that I see, but I am no building contractor. Looks like floor space will be 8x8, which will accommodate 16 birds, if they have enough run (16x10 = 160 sq ft run.) Do keep in mind these are often recommended here but are also minimal. I don't feel they are enough and have much more space for my birds.
  9. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
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  10. hoog

    hoog Songster

    Awesome, this is exactly the kind of information I was hoping for.

    Quote:Yes, I designed it myself but I haven’t put it together yet. We’ll see how that goes.
    Maybe I’ll cover the legs with hardware cloth too, to protect from the “little claws”

    Quote:Coop Weight:
    According to wiki Answers 2x4 is about 2.8lbs per foot
    16(number of boards) x 8(length in feet of boards) x 2.8lbs = 358lbs
    A 4x4 is about 5.5lbs per foot
    4(number of boards) x 6(length in feet of boards) x 5.5lbs = 132lbs
    4’x8’ plywood weighs 25 lbs. per 1/4 in. of thickness
    6 boards = 150lbs
    Hardware cloth 1lb per sq foot
    64sq ft = 64lbs
    Screws, corrugated vinyl roof, siding walls, perches, etc.
    Estimated weight = 25lbs
    Total weight = 729lbs < I guess I’ll be looking into those tires.

    As far as run space goes… I have a an acre and a half around my house fenced in with 2x4” welded wire for them to run in during the day. They have about a dozen trees and bushed to hide in and a German shepherd that is pretty protective of them. (She killed one chic trying to “herd” it back into the group but seems to have learned her lesson). If I continue to loose birds I’ll make one of those PVC pipe - chicken wire runs.

    Quote:Right now I have 12 strait run chicks that the Identify my Chick forum declared to be white or Cornish Rock mix chickens. I plan to have 12 hens and one rooster, which should provide enough eggs and meat for my family and sometimes friends.

    Quote:This is just theory I will see how it all fits but I plan to nail tree branch roosts along the east and west sides (the non-movable walls) about two feet above the floor and one foot away from the walls. For the nest boxes I was thinking of stacking five, five gallon buckets on their sides. They will be cut in half with a half lid put on the front of each and the back will be open and tight against the south wall so I can open the south side and remove the eggs. [​IMG]

    Funny people:
    “two dimensional”
    “black and white”
    Definitly made me laugh, thanks.
    Last edited: May 7, 2009

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