First Coop almost done! (pics)

rino081

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 20, 2010
45
0
32
Stuk between Canada and Mexico
The coop is almost done! Were all real excited here. This is my first attempt at anything like this so i would appreciate it if any of you experience coopers see any flaws in design or build or have any other comments. I have already posted all the pics to my page so i figure it's easier to post a link there instead of re-posting all the pics here.

Thanks for looking! https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=49390-coop-build
 

NeeleysAVLChicks

Songster
10 Years
Aug 4, 2009
959
5
131
Leicester, NC
Great job!! Looks wonderful, I wish my first coop attempt had turned out looking as good as yours!
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CityChook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
1,719
20
184
Minneapolis, MN
My Coop
My Coop
Nice, solid construction! I'd hit that pretty wood with a stain (so many pretty colors these days!) and then good layer of linseed oil/mineral spirits (mixed 50/50) to seal the wood and give it some waterproofing qualities. Or you could always paint.

If you decide to do deep litter, you will need more of a lip around the pop hole. If you decide against deep litter, then I'd really recommend linoleum or primer/paint on the floor for easier cleaning.

You're going to need a larger run. Or not care if they ruin your garden during free range time.

Your chickens might really benefit from a window. Seems like it would be quite dark inside.

Overall, nice design for 3 chickens.
 

rino081

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 20, 2010
45
0
32
Stuk between Canada and Mexico
Thanks for all the comments and advice!

I do have plans for a window, i just can't decide where to put it...the back wall of the coop will be up against my back fence so a window there won't be very effective. There isn't really any room on the side with the nesting boxes which only leaves the roof(skylight) or the other wall that has the vent. I just haven't been able to make up my mind. A skylight kinda setup would be cool but I would probably run into some leaking issues. Those are probably issues i wanna avoid. Right now i'm fairly certain the coop is pretty well sealed beside the vents of course.

I think I'll just give the chickens the garden and be happy with my eggs. Not a bad trade off. I'm not one for veggies anyways. I always referred to it as my "salsa garden" because that is the only thing i would grow is salsa ingredients. I'll throw down some grass or wheat or barley seed and let em have at it.

If i don't use the deep litter method should i still throw down some pine shavings or straw on the floor of upstairs or leave it just wood?
 
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