First Timer With Pics ( pic heavy)


In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 23, 2011
OK gang heres the deal. Me and the wife decided we wanted to get some chickens. I never owed a chicken or built a coop before so this is my first run at it.

We decided not to go to big to start with. The plan was to get between 3 or 4 chickens to start with and build the pen on a small budget. This meant fancy was out the window. Just needs to be efficient.

I work in the construction field so i already had a lot of the material laying around that i picked up on varies jobs in the past. The only thing i had to buy was the wood , hinges and latches. I already had the wire,tin,Plexiglas,fasteners and steel studs.

Heres the result so far.

10X10 square with 4x4's on the corners and 10" galvanized steel studs half buried in the ground to help keep praetors out and chickens in.

Here we are with the roof studs on. I know it has a flat look to it but i actually did build a 2 inch sloop to the rear. All i need is water to drain. Didn't want to loss much height on the inside. I stand 6'2" and don't want to be bumping my knot while i'm walking around in the pen.

Got the tin top on and some of the wood framing up. . . . . looks like some wild chickens have already started migrating to the pen and i ain't even done yet.

My dad calls and ask if i have my door built yet. When i say no he says go look behind my house and get that fence gate. Worked perfect!

Few more pics.





Got the wire on now. Just about done. Just a few little knick knack things to do.




As you can see its pretty much a dirt floor pen and coop. I do have a small floor section for them to stand on in front of the nesting boxes but there is no floor under the roost. Even though the bottom is open the walls around the roost will keep the wind and water off the birds but allow for plenty of ventilation during the summers months.(which gets hot in MS) During the winter months i plan to close off the bottom section with plywood to help stop any cold updrafts.

Now for the chickens.

I went to a local trade show to buy my chickens. We decided to buy adult chickens and I wanted leghorns. But think i ended up with something else. After i got them home and looked at a few pictures i believe i might have gotten White Rocks. Not really sure yet as they have not layed any eggs...well except for one. There was a brown egg in the cage when i bought them. Also i think one of them is a mix breed. Its white with a red comb just like the others 3 only it has blackish legs while the other three have yellow legs.
Either way we are happy. They seam to be very gentle birds.Not very spooky at all. You can pick one up with just a little effort.

Heres a pic. Tell me what you think they are.


Your coop and run are awesome. You did a fine job on it. Your birds should be honored,LOL. If you have alot of predators like we do here in Bama, I would suggest a wire skirt attached to the wood on the footer, and bury it down and then out a foot. Coons and possum can be relentless in trying to get a chicken dinner. You also have room in the run to put a roost bar if you need more to do,LOL. Keep it out from the wall a couple of feet so nothing can reach in and get em if you do one. Come summer they may stay out in the evening, and like to roost. Mine sometimes set up in the run roost dduring the day for thier naps. But again, a great coop and run. All the best from Bama. R
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from your name, I am guessing you live in the south and you don't have to worry about the cold to much?

Just my opinoin, but I would guess that you will be happier with white rocks the white leghorns.
Thanks for the compliments.I plan to build a ladder roost today.
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Congrats on the new coop, and your new chickens!
Those look like White Rocks to me, but you'll know when they lay. I tend to agree with the opinion that you'll be happy w/ White Rocks - mine are remarkably quiet, calm and non-aggressive with the other birds, but obviously high on the pecking order.
Awsum coop, great job for a first timer, we did our first construction on our horse stalls it was fun,sometimes frustrating, but didn't look half as pretty as your coop.

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