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Let me know what you guys think of my new coop!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MrGreenside, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. MrGreenside

    MrGreenside Just Hatched

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    I just joined tonight, after lurking and using this site for advice for a long time, but thought I could share some pictures of our new coop. We just picked up 12 new chicks (have 5 hens right now), and needed a new place for them to be as the old coop was really only meant for 8 hens max. My wife and I got some inspiration from Pinterest, this site, and a few others, and put this together. I'm not a wood worker, I'm a computer nerd by trade during the day, but I've dabbled a little bit, and grew up with a dad who was a huge wood worker, so I guess I picked up a little along the way.


    Leveled out and created a base.

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    Framed up each of the walls. Loosely followed the Chicken Coops for dummies book for this, really just to find best practices and make sure it's sturdy, since it's a bigger coop. Adjusted the door size and window sizes since we made it a touch smaller than the book, and we got some reclaimed windows that I wanted to fit in.

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    Side shot, with a snippit of the old coop.

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    Test fit the windows in.

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    Added some walls plywood walls.

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    Started framing out the roof. Didn't want to put the front plywood on until I had the roof done since I knew it would make my life harder.

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    Front shot.

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    I missed the opportunity to take a lot of pictures in the process here...Got the rest of the plywood up, the roof up, some cross beams up to help keep the tin roof straight, cut out the window and door holes, and did a final test fit of the windows and then held them in with temp screws. It's dark because we used an aging "stain", essentially vinegar and fine steel wool that sat together for 2 days, to make it look older.

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    Side shot to see both windows test fit. Bonus picture of ratchet, our inherited dog who is a bit of a trouble maker, and a bird killer...unfortunately.

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    This is with the cedar boards added. My wife hand picked every cedar board, used the aging mix on each one, let them dry, and then stained them. I cut them in various lengths, started in the middle and then worked my way out. I also trimmed out the window and screwed it in permanently.

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    Finally I put up the hardware my wife picked out for the door, and we made the door and hung it up. The steel is the same that we have on the roof; we bought it new, used sandpaper to scuff it, and then used muriatic acid and hydrogen peroxide to quicken the rust process. Did the same thing for the roof, pictured below.

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    Picture of the inside with the door open.

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    Couple garbage tins we use for the scratch and extra feed, as well as the rat proof chicken feeder we just bought to try and stave off the rats.

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    The roost. Very solid, I was actually surprised how well it turned out since I just went off the pictures and was worried my lack of bracing under the corner would make it rickety.

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    Overhead storage for extra feed. Missing nesting boxes still, which will come shortly.

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    Top of the roof. Only thing we didn't like about the quick aging process of the roof is we can't control it, so part looks more rusty. Still okay though, has character :)

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    Another side picture. The fence will be going away soon, I'll be moving it out and replacing it after I finish the last couple details on the coop.

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    The back side, just enough room to walk through, spent way too much time making it look just as nice as the front when no one is going to see it...lol

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    The chicken entrance. Not finished yet, still needs to get trimmed out and get a ramp added. We are lucky enough that predators aren't a problem, so we can leave the side open for now. If we do get raccoons or opossums in the future, we can change that. They are around here, they've just only made it in the yard once in the last 6 years we've been here, and that was 4 years ago now.

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    Hen House sign added, my wife is pretty happy with how it turned out, and while I've alluded already that there's still some work to be done, safe to say our new chicks will have a pretty swag new home to look forward too. I've already joked that if I ever get sent out to the dog house, don't be surprised if you find me in the chicken coop instead :D

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  2. chxnm

    chxnm New Egg

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    Wow, Mr. G, that is really inspiring. We're about to build a new one, I don't anticipate it being this fancy, but
    I do really like looking at the coops on pinterest, gathering ideas.
    I like the sliding door.
     
  3. AmySellersARt

    AmySellersARt Out Of The Brooder

    Wow... congratulations! Looks sturdy AND STYLISH! Love the teal accent on the window & the door decor. I'm sure your peeps will be very proud and cozy in their new mansion! Amy S
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    It's gorgeous for sure, love the roof overhangs!
    A work of art.

    How big is it......4x8'?
    17 birds might be crowded.

    Windows are screwed shut...so no ventilation??
     
  5. MrGreenside

    MrGreenside Just Hatched

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    Thank you! Sliding door was definitely my wife's idea, I'm just the lacky putting up the hardware hehe.

    Definitely focused on sturdy, I wanted to make sure it can stand as long as our old one did; I don't want to be rebuilding this any time soon :D

    Thank you! It is 4'x8'.
    17 is probably a bit bigger flock than we were originally aiming for, but we cannot keep Roo's in the city, and because our chicks are straight run, we are planning on having a few pop up out of the 12. We already know we have 1 because we've heard him crowing a couple times, though we haven't caught him in the act yet, but I have suspicions about at least 3 others being Roo's based on their behavior. Only time will tell though, never really can until they either start crowing or pop out an egg :)
    Otherwise, our chickens spend very little time inside the coop and are never shut in there, and are otherwise free range. They have a fenced area that we like to keep them in some of the time, but they have a good 200sqft at least of outside space currently, but are frequently let out into the yard as well which gives them closer to 1000sqft or more. So while the coop is probably a touch on the lower sqft size, all their ammenities (like roosting) is built up so they can have maximum ground space inside, and they don't have a door locking them in, and have plenty of covered outdoor space as well to stay protected from the elements.

    As for ventilation, it's hard to see in the pictures, but if you look at the second picture up from the bottom and the 6th picture down from the top, you can see the 2x4's used to frame the roof; those spaces in between the 2x4's are left open, so that space allows plenty of air to come in. It equals out to be around 96sq inches on each side of open space at the top :)
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ah, yes, that will be good.

    What is your climate/location?
     
  7. MrGreenside

    MrGreenside Just Hatched

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    We're in western wa, so it can get cold, but it's typically pretty mild year round; rains a lot however, so covered areas are definitely key :)
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Had to smile at the aging process - it is one I am very familiar with as my husband recently used it to "age" some wood for a couple of projects he is building for me.....can't imagine using it on a larger project like that!
    We recently built a coop with the same footprint and, yes, 17 will definitely be crowded in there, especially in this climate where the wet will keep them indoors for stretches (a covered run can help free up some "dry" space outside of the coop if that's an option). Really, a 4x8 with no space occupied by feed, water, etc is best suited for 8 at most (large fowl breeds) though that *could* be stretched a bit by providing more space outside that they can use regardless of weather.
     
  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Really nice. The chickens will love it!
     

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