FINALLY!! Here's Pics of My Coop & Run!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by iwiw60, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, I know you've all been waiting with "baited-breath" for pics of my little coop and run, and I finally got all the hiccups figured out with this crazy camera. It's been a long....long....road in doing this project, which at the time seemed like "okay, I can do this...easy-peasy"....NOT! Started out with a helper/friend who suddenly midway through it all quit showing up to help this 'ol senior citizen (not easy being a 70 single gal!). So I've been finishing it up by myself, and must say I'm darned proud of myself to boot! All the interior things I designed and built all by my lonesome...I'm most proud of my nesting boxes and the roost bar/poop tray..woot!

    So here we go...hope it meets with your approval!!!




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    Here it is with the run finally built and attached to the coop! The left side door is permanently closed for use as a 'wall' of sorts.

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    A different angle showing the run (think I went a little crazy with the screws and fender washers!)

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    I haven't finished their run roosts yet, have only found one suitable branch so far. You'd think living in the forest I'd be able to find a ton of them!

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    That window came with the shed, it does open up and down. 1/2" hardware cloth over it, and there's the infamous pophole, what a job that was for me using that sword saw thingie. It's a good thing the wood slider setup covers up the wavy cuts!! I used an old cutting board, cut it to size, and drilled a hole in the top for the cord.

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    This is one of the PVC tube feeders for the run. Not a finished project yet. Going to add a second one and mount both on scrap pieces of plywood top and bottom, feeders screwed in and set on cinder blocks. Also going to add a second grit/oyster shell cups alongside. The little ramp going to pophole? Another scrap of 2x12 from my BIL, just added slats.

    NOW FOR THE INTERIOR SHOTS!

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    This is my pride and joy! I built this contraption BY MYSELF! Built it outside and my sister helped me get the darn thing into the coop...what a day THAT was! The poop tray is filled with sweet PDZ granular and I can only say if you haven't converted over to this system you're crazy! Best thing I ever did. I just take the kitty litter scooper (up there on the far left) pick up the poops from the previous night...takes all of 3-4 minutes...done! My roost bar is removable using some metal hanger thingies. My BIL sanded and routed the edges so it's real smooth on the girl's feet.

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    The ladder/ramp I built by myself going up to the roost/poop tray. I grant you it's a little crooked, but it works!

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    Here's the feed station right next to the pop hole (notice the bottom cut of the pophole? A tad "curvy" .. that sword saw thingie scared me to death! Anyways, 2 PVC tube feeders, oyster shell to the side, all on a cinder block.

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    Another view of the south side of the coop. Here you'll see some of the nest boxes setup.

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    The infamous webcam...couldn't live without it! I can swivel it to any angle I need and it has served me well. The monitor sits on my computer tower right here where I'm sitting in the kitchen...I can watch them "like a hawk" (no pun intended!)

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    The nesting boxes! Two 18-gallon Rubbermaid tubs w/out the lids. What I did was used a piece of plywood cut to size, then I screwed the tubs to the plywood w/fender washers. Since my girls are large breed I cut out the openings a little bigger than normal and also cut 1" ventilation circles all around the inside of each tub for better air circulation. Then I bought a piece of 1/4" birch plywood, cut it to size, and screwed some latches to the wall. I know...I know...it's a bit crooked, but my leg slipped when I was screwing in the last hinge. Chalk it up to old age! This way I can swing it up to collect eggs and clean easily.

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    Another view of the nesting boxes looking in through the doorway. In this pic you'll see I added a 1" x 6" fence board so floor bedding doesn't constantly come out of the coop!

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    Here the hinged lid is up so you can see inside better. Note the ventilation holes I drilled into them.

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    An egg! An egg! My first layer always lays hers in this first nest box...love that!

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    The infamous WINDOW! There's been much discussion on just 'how' I was going to be able to fasten securely to a Rubbermaid-type wall this window. As you can see, it's in, it's working, and it's waterproof. My BIL made the sword-saw cuts for me (no way was I going to try it again after the fiasco of the pophole!) and I laid a thick layer of that waterproof goop that comes in a big tube. Problem was I didn't have the gun to use it, so I improvised. I just kept pushing the bottom thing up the tube and squeezed like crazy on the tube to get the stuff out...what a day! Then I used 1-1/2" pan-head screws rather than the little ones that came with the window, screwed the window in....DONE! I'm telling you, for $24.00 (free shipping) you can't beat them. If anyone wants more info on where I got mine give me a holler.

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    I just HAD to throw in one pic of THE GIRLS! Two are laying, two are still thinking about it. I still can't believe that since April they have gotten this huge! They are the love of my life, although someone has something else to say about it:

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    And that's ZOE! She tolerates them and that's about all I can say about that...I hope you enjoyed my pics and have a wonderful rest of your day! As for me....I'm off to tackle more unfinished projects around the coop!! [​IMG]
     
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  2. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Way to go!! You rock! We're finishing up converting an old ice house to our chicken coop! I should be taking some pointers from you! WTG!
     
  3. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW!! That is a GREAT job!!! Very nice. We built our own, too. But we built tractors.

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  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks so much @fshinggrl I have really worked hard on this...can't believe I actually did it! Thanks again!
     
  5. Wow, it looks awesome. Feels good huh?
     
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  6. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    A lot of infamy apparently [​IMG]

    Congratulations on finally finishing the project, your chickens should like it.
     
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    iwiw60 all I can say is wow and [​IMG]! Seriously great job doing so much of that yourself, it looks great! Anything I try to build ends up looking like those crooked houses in fairy tales.
     
  8. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful and you are truly an inspiration!

    But what's this about going crazy with those screws and washers?? Isn't it you I so often see reiterating how we keepers of the chickens can never be too cautious when it comes to keeping our little dinosaurs safe? [​IMG]
     
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  9. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] NO FAIR! I spit iced tea all over my monitor when I read your post!!! [​IMG] And yes, it's true...I am THAT one!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well...your points are always extremely VALID!!
     
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