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First coop finished! ~pics~

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jessie_Jazz, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Jessie_Jazz

    Jessie_Jazz In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2010
    Suffolk UK
    My first chicken coop is finished and I am picking up 4 ex battery hens tomorrow - so exciting!

    Have a look and tell me what you think to my first attempt at coop building.

    This is the front with the pop-door. The coop is 5' by 4' and the run is 8' by 8'

    Here you can see the double doors for cleaning and the external nest boxes

    and the inside....



    It has taken me and my husband just under 2 weeks to make it from scratch and cost just under £100 or around $150 (not including the cost of taking hubby out for dinner tonight to say thank you for helping make it) as most of the materials were salvaged or donated.

    It looks nothing like the plan and we ended up making it up as we went along - but I'm still pretty happy with it.
    The only thing I want to change is to add more windows and vents, but as my husband wouldn't let me near the jigsaw and was pretty fed up after spending his week off work making me a coop - I thought it wise not to push it too much; or he might tell me exactly where I could put my windows![​IMG]

    Let me know what you think - All I need now are the chickens!
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2010

  2. BankerJohn

    BankerJohn Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Lecanto, Florida
    First attempt? Well, congratulations. Your chickens will live like queens and kings! How does it feel?
  3. I like it... and all that ROOM... my girls would be jealous ... but luckily they can't see my screen. [​IMG]
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I love the double doors. Nice easy cleaning!
  5. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Very nice job and I like the style. I would get some light in there. You'll get more eggs in the winter.

    Make sure you lock the birds up at night since that wire won't keep preditors out.

    Be sure to share pictures of the chickens in their new home.
  6. Jessie_Jazz

    Jessie_Jazz In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2010
    Suffolk UK
    Thanks for the advice sweetcheeks [​IMG] I will deffo put more windows in when I can. And they will be securely locked up at night for peace of mind.

    Just looking at my top roost and wondering if it is too high off the ground? Will they need a ladder or something to get up there? I think it is just over a foot n a half off the floor...

    I can't wait to watch the chickens in there tomorrow to see how they use the space n see if anything needs changing. I hope it will be ok.... [​IMG]
  7. Koolduck

    Koolduck Songster

    Jul 18, 2009
    Central KY
    My 2cents(or p as I think your a Brit?!) is to put hardware cloth(rat wire in the states) along where the vents are on the top of your coop. But aside from that .....BRILLIANT! enjoy your chixs!

  8. downstownlady

    downstownlady Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Conroe, TX
    Very Nice!!!
  9. mgw

    mgw Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    good job, I dont think you will need a ladder for them to get up to the roost. you may have to put them up there for awhile untill they get the idea though.
  10. PetalPullet

    PetalPullet Hatching

    Jun 23, 2010
    My chickens have perching boards at 3 ft high and one a little over 5 ft high. They have NO problem flying right up to them, and prefer the higher perch. The boss hen is ALWAYS at the top perch.
    I think it's a great looking coop. My hunny and some friends are building me two new ones while I recuperate from a recent surgery. Will try and post some pics soon.

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