Finally finished my small coop (3 hens)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chad76, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. chad76

    chad76 In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2008
    I finally finished my coop and thought I'd share a few photos. I live in a residential area and only wanted enough hens to provide eggs for my family... so I decided to only get 3 hens. We decided to make the coop look more like a playhouse so it would fit in the 'hood better... not that many people will be able to see it. I initially planned to paint it something more neutral, but to help smooth things over with my wife (who isn't crazy about the who idea of having chickens), I let her pick the color... she wanted red. (I think the red looks good) My 4 yr old daughter wanted pink... but I have my limits!

    It's right behind the house, but it's located where you can't see it from inside. This is the side you see when you step off the patio... it's right around the corner. The "window" on the left is for ventilation and has hardware cloth and screen attached inside. The window on the right is access to the nest.

    Here's a better view of the run. I've still got some work to do on it. The ground drops off a lot on one corner... so I'm going to have to fill that in with something. Either rip a board at an angle or fill in some dirt and line it with those landscaping bricks (whatever they're called). We pulled them from another place in the yard and have quite a few more. I may redo the whole thing eventually. Now that I have everything in place, I'm wishing it was tall enough to walk in (it's only 3' high)

    And the inside of the coop. The nest box and lower perch are removable (held by wingnuts). And the whole bottom slides out for easy cleaning. You can barely see it (above and to the left of the nest)... but there's another vent on the back wall.

    And here are the girls. My 4yr old named the Barred Rock Cruella (she's a big 101 Dalmatians fan). My wife named the lighter colored RIR "Yella" (ya know, like a synonym for "chicken"). And I haven't named the other one yet...



    Thanks to everyone that's helped me get this far!

  2. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Awsome coop!!! Pretty hens!!!!
  3. NoelTate

    NoelTate Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    Mobile, AL
    What a cute coop! I love it!! You'd be a great neighbor-I'd want you to come over and help me build one now! [​IMG]
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    That looks great, Chad! You must have a really nice camera- Those pics are beautiful. Don't worry... Your wife will be a chicken fanatic in no time. [​IMG]
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Wow! looks like you've done a great job! Your girls will lay extra eggs to show their gratitude for their palatial digs! [​IMG]
  6. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    Wow, great coop! [​IMG] Thanks for the pictures!!
  7. chad76

    chad76 In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2008
    Thanks, y'all!

    I forgot to add that they didn't really want to go inside the first night here (Saturday night). Cruella figured it out first (after I shined a flashlight in there) and was perched on the roost in no time. The two RIR's kept trying to fly out of the run (I guess I need to cover the rest of the top with something solid so they don't think it's open). I could tell the RIR's were getting a bit frantic because they couldn't find somewhere to settle in. It took a while, but they finally went in the coop. Tonight, Cruella went straight in without hesitation, but the 2 RIR's still were looking for somewhere else to go. After a few attempts to fly out, they both finally gave up and went inside the coop without any coaxing from me. Hopefully, they'll get the routine down in a couple more days!

    Also... Cruella is around 5 months old and the RIR's are around 4 months old. No eggs yet... but it shouldn't be long.

    CarriBrown, I do photography on the side for extra spending money. It helped fund this project!

  8. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oak Harbor, OH
    Very nice! The coop is just the right size for your 3 girls. And lovely girls they are! [​IMG]
  9. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    That looks fabulous...perfect for the three girls. they will win your wife over, just give them time. [​IMG]
  10. chad76

    chad76 In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2008
    I hope they win my wife over pretty soon. Maybe by the time they start laying, she'll get more into it. She's home with the kids during the week... so she'll be able to collect the eggs earlier in the day than me. I'm looking forward to collecting eggs like a kid at Christmas. [​IMG] So, maybe that'll get her more interested. She did help my 4yr old dig up some worms to feed them. So, maybe she's a little more into it than she's letting on.

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2008

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