First Time Coop Builder

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Psak9Sports, May 14, 2010.

  1. Psak9Sports

    Psak9Sports In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2010
    Annapolis, Maryland
    So I was kinda hoping that I would qualify for the 8k dollar tax credit with this coop... but I don't.. [​IMG]

    So here are pictures of what I have done thus far.. and I feel like its coming along quite nicely. I did not have any plans on paper, just on my head.. and tried to make things work as I went along...

    My basic design included a coop that was semi-permanent, but on wheels to be moved as the house is for sale. I wanted something big enough to be able to have the couple chicks I have now, plus a couple more down the road. I figured 8x12 should be just about right, and that would give me 96 square feet of floor space inside, or enough room for +/- 30 chickens.

    Pictures from Day 3

    The frame has changed quite a bit since then, as I changed the kingpost and crossbeam.

    The following two are the outside of the coop as it sits today, the doors that I built are a little crooked, but functional. I started the roof, by laying asfault paper down on both sides, and was interupted by a thunderstorm, which of course has taken the paper back off for me. I have since desided to hire somebody to come do the roof for me, as I do not like working at heights, or on roofs; and this one is steep, with a 45 degree pitch, you cant walk on it without some kind of extra footing. The doors were made 4' x 7' just incase when we move, we arn't allowed to have chickens, the coop can be converted into a shed, where we can keep the lawn mowers or ATV's.


    The floors were covered with linoleum flooring that I got at the 2nd hand recycling company. The inside of the coop has an atrium, that is off limits to the chickens, equipped with nesting box access, a storage cabinet, a loft with food access, a tabletop work area and a brooding box/ non-bio isolation area.

    (this area under construction)

    (now pretty much done, just waiting for some paint)

    The chickens quarters have 2x 7' natural roosting bars, with a poopboard. A kitchen table, with feed trough and waterer. Also access to their 6x 1'x1' nesting boxes. They now have 65 sq feet of floor space, which on top of the lineoleum will have deep litter. I have had to move them in prematurely, as they outgrew the dog crate I was using as a brooder so very quickly. This has slowed down my progress alot, as I find myself playing with them, more then working on the coop.


    Future plans include painting (inside and out), the roof, moving to final position which is done by towing with the explorer, and then building the run which will be attached to the back side of the garage.

    If anyone has any suggestions, comments, or questions I am all ears. This is my first building project, and I think its good just for the simple fact that its still standing.

    Thanks for viewing,
    (23) Millersville, Maryland
  2. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    Greenford, Ohio
  3. bfrancis

    bfrancis Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
    Looks like you're off to a great start! [​IMG] Great minds must think a like... [​IMG] I'm still working on mine too.
  4. Psak9Sports

    Psak9Sports In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2010
    Annapolis, Maryland

    bfrancis- amazing similarities, must have planned this together and we diddnt know about it. Lol..
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
  6. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    Really impressive. Particularly like the way you're arranging the interior. Very, very nice.
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Super! Very well thought out and great design. You might want to turn the 2x4's for roosting so that the chickens' feet are on the 3 1/2-inch width? 11/2 inches isn't much for a grown chicken to roost on.
  8. clothdiaperingmom

    clothdiaperingmom Songster

    Feb 7, 2010
    Sweetwater, TX
    I love that it will roll around AND can be converted to a shed!
  9. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    Wow, looking very nice! Great design--I really love the interior. [​IMG] I'll bet your birds love it!

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