Finally! It's MY Turn To Post New Coop/Run Pics!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Laurajean, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    My Coop/Run envy is over, I finally have my own completed!! [​IMG] For so long I’ve sat looking a pics of coops/runs on BYC, and now MY day has finally come.

    I designed the run myself, stealing good ideas from others, and combined features I liked along with many of my own ideas.

    The hen house is 4’ x 4’ x 6’ ½” at its tallest point, with a shingled slant roof. I got it from Craigs’ List (the first thing I’ve ever purchased on there). It has an egg door, the chicken door and then at the side a larger door for easy access to clean. I modified the roost bar (by adding a 2x4 wide side up) to be more Silkie friendly, since mine prefer sitting to perching, and also did this so their feet will stay covered in the extreme cold. It’s raised up a foot on pressure treated lumber legs, giving the chicks a fun shady place to hide and making it less pest friendly.

    I sealed the inside with a quality primer/paint combo for moisture resistance; ease of cleaning, and to brighten it up. I added several inches of pine shavings. I also painted the trim red.

    I specifically told the carpenter to build the run around the coop, not abutting it. I feel this will be much more secure, and now they will have a double barrier. Predators will have to first breach the run, and then still get into the hen house.

    The actual run is my real pride and joy. This is where all my reading and researching came in handy. The run is 16’ long x 8’ wide, 8’ ½” tall at the front and slanting to 6’ in the back. Pressure treated lumber, ½” x ½” cloth all the way around. Walls, floor, and roof. It is COMPLETELY encompassed with hardware cloth. I have a lot of predators where I am, and every single person on my road has lost chickens, turkeys, geese, etc., so I was not messing around. All attached with washers for added predator resistance. The roof is clear corrugated paneling over crossed trusses for snow support. The clear roof will add solar heat in the cold winters & general sunlight year 'round. The high front faces the sun, and the low back faces the woods, so the snow will slide to the back and out of my way.

    I ordered the shed shown in the pics at the same time and had that installed first, and had the run built up against it so that the right end of the run has a solid wall which faces the north to help block the cold north winds. The new shed also serves as my storage for grain, scratch, pine shavings & misc. chicken supplies.

    I had the door built extra wide to accommodate a wheel barrow, and to make it easy for me to walk in with buckets at my side, etc., and added a ramp at the door.

    I ordered 3 yards of sand, which filled the run to about 7”, although it will pack down somewhat.

    I added a big tree branch for roosting, hung their feeder from the chain just off the ground, and their waterer sits on 4x4 pt wood blocks.

    Due to my FMS, I had to hire a carpenter to build it, so I can only claim credit on the design and the features, but not the sweaty labor. I did the sealing, painting, shavings, feeders, etc., but he did the major construction. He was very patient with me. I think at first he thought I was crazy for being so “particular” with my specifications, but by the end of it, he saw the result and I think he understood that it was a smart run. I didn’t get pet chickens to be killed by predators, so I want to know that if that happens, I will have done everything in my power to prevent it.

    Also, even though I only have 7 Bantams (5 Silkies, 1 Mille Fleur D’Uccle & 1 Cochin), I wanted the run to be generous in size because A. I can’t free range them due to local loose dogs, and B. from what I read here on BYC, chickens get a bit addictive, so I may add more in the future.

    In case you can’t tell by the length of my post, I am very proud of the results. I have been plotting and planning this in my head for a long time now. I’ve daydreamed about having chickens and doing this for many years. Today, after the sand guy left and it was officially finished, I just sat with a beer and stared at it with pure satisfaction & joy in my heart.

    I think I’ve thought of almost everything, but please DON’T tell me about anything that's too late to change, lol! I just want to bask in the beauty of my creation for a while, and watch my chicks kick all the sand around with curious glee.

    I typed this to boast, but also gave specs & details hoping that it might help someone else the way previous posts have helped me. Just trying to pay it forward. Thanks to all the BYCer’s who posted coop/run pics that inspired me and educated me.


    Here's the run and the shed:

    Here's a similar shot, only this was after I dragged over my chairs from my deck so that I could sit and stare at the run like a fool:

    Here's a shot of the hen house inside the run.

    Here's the inside of the hen house with the nest boxes. To the left, out of view is the roost bar.

    Here's a shot looking toward the run door and feeders. The chickies look so little in comparison to their new home.

    Here's Ducky (who's clearly not a duck but a Cochin) hanging out on the ramp. She seems to like it.

    Here's Millie, a Mille Fleur D'Uccle, enjoying the new big girl waterer.

    I thought of posting pics of the 5 Silkies, but they weren't in the mood to be photographed. They just wanted to run around like the little spazzes that they are.

    Lastly, a shot from my lap, balancing a pale of scratch between my knees and taking pics of the happy chicks.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2011
  2. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    What a nice coop and run. You certainly thought it all out well, and your birds look to be very happy with the result![​IMG]
  3. Very good job and AWESOME planning! You're gonna have so much fun [​IMG]
  4. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009

    Watching chickens is my favorite pastime, too!
  5. helloroe

    helloroe Songster

    Jul 16, 2009
    Cetral FL
    You did an amazing job! And you are very correct on all facts especially that they are addicting.
  6. Ema

    Ema Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    Its lovely, and sitting in front of the coop to watch them isn't foolish, its a great past
  7. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Songster

    Jul 5, 2010
    Big Island, Hawaii
    I love your new chicken coop. We have lawn chairs parked in front of our chicken coop and stare at the chickens like fools everyday! lol I had no idea chickens would be so captivating. We drink our morning coffee in front of the coop and our evening wine in front of the coop. Our teenagers think we are crazy and our little kids think it's great. lol
  8. SunshineSteedFarm

    SunshineSteedFarm Seramatching Equestrian

    Aug 18, 2009
    That is one beautiful coop! You did an awesome job! [​IMG]
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    [​IMG] Laurajean, you have every reason to brag - "No brag, just truth!" and have now given me run envy. Mine is larger, but far less secure AND really tacky. I put a plastic Chicken Viewing/Visiting chair IN the run.

    Of course, now they range freely, but there are plenty of times this or that chicken is in the run. (For example, Buffy and the GrandChick stay mostly inside the run.) My coops, with the exception of one, are all inside the run for that second barrier. (One of them is on a "corner" and completes the run perimeter.)

    You did GOOD. [​IMG]
  10. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    Very nice! The only thing I see that you might add is more ventilation on the coop, not a major thing at all. Congratulations on your new coop and run. I start on my coop tomorrow on my day off. I hope I can get it finished in 2 days. I doubt I will, but I can dream! Right now I sit outside with my flock on a milk crate and feed them treats. Later I want a real comfy reclining lawn chair. Enjoy your little flock! I bet it doesn't stay little![​IMG]

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