I need THE perfect coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by NHchicks, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. NHchicks

    NHchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sick of my coop. It's too small and hard to maneuver in, even tho it's a nice (little) one. I want one that houses around 20 birds, something roomy and sturdy and solid for winter and most of all, comfortable for the birds. If anyone knows of the perfect coop, can you post the photo/picture?

    - Signed, I Can't Stand My Coop Anymore
     
  2. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. NHchicks

    NHchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking something along this line.

    http://abcsheds.com/fullsize.php?gallery_id=9

    Cute, big, windproof. Just pop a few windows in there, some ventilation. Put in some ladder roosts and a few nesting boxes...

    Big doors, easy to clean out.

    Thoughts? (I should add, no run necessary, these are free rangers)

    (We're talking wish list here; I don't have $2500 to plop down on a coop right now; just dreaming)
     
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  4. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went form the little one to the big one and I love it,going to build onto it this spring so I can put my silkies in there to,they are in the little one now and its so hard on my back to do the chores in there.I`ll post pics of the inside of the big one. [​IMG]
     
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  5. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] roosts on two sides and a back door for air and light,it goes right out into the run
     
  6. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] nesting boxes and feed box
     
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    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] back door and out into one of the runs
     
  8. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dh building poop boards under the roost,great idea,he had a lot of help from the girls [​IMG]
     
  9. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For details, visit ]'My BYC Page'. My coop is 8 x 16. You could do an 8 x 12 and be fine space-wise. Ventilation, properly designed poop boards, covered outside roosts, and deep litter all make for easy just-minutes- a-day upkeep and once-a-year cleaning. (That V-shaped thing in foreground was part of a tempy fence, now gone)

    Gerry [​IMG]
     
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  10. NHchicks

    NHchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Henny Penny, That is a great idea. I really like how you connected your old little coop and your new bigger one, with a run in between. Plus, that leaves your little coop available for a nursery for a broody and chicks. Plus, I like the design like yours where you walk in, it's just one big room, easy access in and out to make easier cleaning, a few ladder roosts and a few nest boxes, and your poop boards look great too.

    And then gsim, you have the same type of shed-like coop and I'm thinking I like those the best, for the reasons stated above. You did a great job on that too, if you made it, architectural shingles and all. (My husband also put those on our little coop - aesthetics were the most important thing to him - I just want something comfortable and functional.) Actually, I don't think my house is as well built as your coop looks. Ha.

    Great ideas. Now I have to lasso that moon and try to make a reality here. Thx.

    Edit: gsim, I see from your page that your coop ran you around $1800. I'm sure it was a bit of labor too. Makes the $2500 shed-type coop I linked above not seem so unreasonable. Granted, it would have to be adjusted a little. After reading your great description of how you built your coop, I just wondered, you weren't by chance an engineer before you retired were you? [​IMG]
     
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