From Shanty to Super Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by teria, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. teria

    teria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We figured out the hard way that a child's playhouse may work for a few chickens, but, it is woefully inadequate for fourteen.

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    This is what we ended up with when we converted a 4x6 cedar playhouse into a chicken coop. We attached a cabinet onto the back window to create places for nesting boxes, and hung roosts and ramps inside. It's been fine, but, we are well past capacity, and with our six youngest at 12 weeks old we just can't keep them in this much longer. So, we're building a DIY coop/shed from the ground up.

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    These walls are way bigger than we originally planned. We agreed on seven foot side walls, and a pitched roof. These are eight feet, so, after emailing the pics to me I reminded DH of the plans, and he is cutting them down to size before he permanently attaches the walls. The floor is on solid concrete blocks placed at the corners, along the sides and in six places under the floor itself to create a solid foundation. We then placed 2x4's as the frame, 8 feet wide and 12 feet long, and 8 foot 2x4's at about a foot apart down the length of the floor. After screwing in the boards (nailing is against my husbands religion I think), We put down a plywood base and then we laid a sheet of linoleum (that looks like wood flooring) and screwed that down as well. Now the walls are going together. Once it's all framed up, and the roof is on, we plan to side it and then shingle the roof. We picked up the linoleum at a Habitat for Humanity supply store, and found a door there that we're using for the entrance door. We also found a great decorative window for over the door. Those will be on the north end, which is where the existing coop is now. A run door will be on the south end, and windows will be placed on the east and west sides. Ventilation will be placed on the roof prior to shingling. The coop will be divided from a storage area that will take up about a third of the total space. And then the fun begins. Setting up the roosts, nesting boxes, etc etc.

    The whole thing will be painted barn red with white trim. I'm even considering putting a porch on the front and back.
     
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  2. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a great plan. I just recently build a large coop for myself as well. Have been planning it for quite sometime. It is not completely done yet but it is done enough to be functional and the girls are already in there working away. Would love to see photo updates as you go along.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Screws are good....you can take things back apart if you make a boo-boo...like making the walls too tall. ;-)
     
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  4. teria

    teria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some updated pics of the Super Coop in progress. The walls are all up, the floor is securely attached, and the front door is on. Now we have to put the three windows on, and then the rafters and plywood roofing. It's looking and feeling pretty big, and I'm so excited! I can just picture where everything is going to go. Even Cordelia (bottom left) and Lacey (bottom right) are interested in all that's going on.

    The weather has been cooperating, surprisingly. Even today's snowstorm turned into something positive, as Tim has a cold and it's giving him a chance to rest and recuperate while the storm passes. Then he'll be back at it. Hoping to have the siding on Saturday or Monday.
     
  5. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking good. Anxiously awaiting more pics.
     
  6. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking good!
     
  7. teria

    teria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coop is moving along slowly. The walls are all up, reinforced at the corners, the windows are in, the trusses are on, and the roof plywood sheets are going on.
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    As the holiday is not the best time to be out shopping, we will be picking up the siding on Saturday. Til then, the girls have a fun play fort to hang out in while the snow flies tomorrow.
     
  8. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are you using for siding?
     
  9. teria

    teria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just got the pre pressed siding that home depot sells in sheets. It's pre primed, we just need to paint it.
     
  10. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    We used exterior plywood under the siding for added security. Critters will eat right through the siding if the can. The windows are small; hope you are going to have big vented openings at the peak ends there. Nice coop! Mary
     

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