Do you like this coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Flippacase, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Flippacase

    Flippacase Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2009
    Got the "plans" from a pamphlet at the feed store. Made by Purina(which i thaught made puppy chow)

  2. FF

    FF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2010
    Well they do make puppy chow. I think it is a prety nice little plan.. Looks pretty cool. I have alot of chcikens so this will be for my favorites. Are you going to build it?
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2010
  3. Chicken of the Sea

    Chicken of the Sea Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 1, 2008
    Wellsboro, PA
    If I read this right, it uses dowels for the roosts, not the best idea IMO, especially for the Northern climates. A 2x4 with the wide side to perch on works better.
  4. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Has some nice features.
  5. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2010
    West Sound, Washington
  6. biddyboo

    biddyboo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Ashland, Missouri
    This look very much like our "home-grown" coop. Features we like: sloping roof, extended nest boxes, roosts out of the way of nest boxes, elevated floor giving shaded protected run beneath, and room for deep litter. Our two end walls (for us, north and south) open wide as doors, giving loads of airing and cooling breezes on hot days. On very windy cold days, we close one end or the other to contain the draft. In order to deep litter the floor, we added one by eights set into the front edges of the door ways, containing the litter nicely. For winter, we've added straw bales on the north and east undersides of the coop for wind/sleet/snow baffles and this works well. Our hens have a small pop door under the coop on the west side of our barn, giving them access to an indoor run that's about 10 x 10. They m ove indoors and out with access to their coop at will. This has been a great help this COLD SNOWY winter so far. Have fun building and personalizing your new coop! ~G
  7. clarkestep

    clarkestep Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    N Metro Atlanta
    Ours is very similar. But we have the nest boxes on the 'side' of the coop (not the side under the overhang, but perpendicular to where you have yours). Our chicken door is on the side where the over hang (the top over hang) is, and opposite of our nest boxes. We did it this way so we could fence in around the under side of the coop and not have to go in the run to collect the eggs. We also made the nest boxes on the same level as the floor (not half way up the side like you've got pictured) so it was easier to side and I could reach in and get the eggs.
  8. riftnreef

    riftnreef Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2009
    Mechanicsburg, Ohio
    Looks to me like the nest boxes may be difficult for the birds to get to. Other than that, its a coop...[​IMG]
  9. kagedgoddess

    kagedgoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    hey guess what!!! WE Built that coop! it was kind of a pain cuz i dont know the first thing about building. and itdidnt tell you what size bolts/screws, whatever, it needs. you end up having to saw off peices AFTER you put it togeather cuz well the directions are kinda hard to follow. man it LOOKS easy, but it wasnt. but maybe that was just me? idk, the chickens like it. i have 7 in there and they are happy, BUT i did NOT do the roosts like that. i put two peices of wood from a pallet across the top area for a roost, its wide enuf for thier feet, and we also used hardware cloth along the top and under the roosts. That didnt work out the way i thought tho. anyways, you can look at my page and see how it turned out. i dont think i have any pics with the nest boxes on tho. ( we did those alot later)

    eta, we put the nest boxes on the oppisite sie of the roostes
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2010
  10. woodenart

    woodenart Out Of The Brooder

    The nest box looks too high to me, should be as low as the perches, having a nest box that high will encourage roosting in the box.


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