Lots of pictures of my new coop - thanks for all the tips and ideas

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Young MacDonald, May 11, 2009.

  1. Young MacDonald

    Young MacDonald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We found this playhouse on Craig's List and decided to buy it and convert it to a coop. It's 6 x8 and 6' tall:
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    We put hardware cloth in the windows, built a door and cut out a pop door.

    Here is the front view:
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    We built the door with a small piece of plywood & some lattice my mom had left over from her grape arbor. Fortunately, the woman who sold the playhouse to us also gave me the paint she used so we could paint the door to match:
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    We used ChevyBethGirl's idea for the hoop house to build the run. We used pressure treated wood for it (to protect from the rain). It's 12 x 8. Then we took 3 cattle panels and bent them over. We used nails and just bent the heads to fasten the panels to the wood. Then we covered it with hardware cloth. That's a young apple tree in front.
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    That white thing on top is a plastic table cloth I got at the dollar store to protect them from rain on that side.

    This is the view of the door to the run:
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    I built this perch for the run using a tree branch and some milk cartons:
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    I'm still working on the inside:
    Need a better perch
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    Because they are sleeping on top of the nest boxes (I found these on Craig's List). I still need to attach them to the wall.
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    Still not done, but at least they are safe in the meantime.

    Any suggestions for improvement? [​IMG]
     
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  2. kingmt

    kingmt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks good. I had an idea for nesting boxes that I will shear a pic of.
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    I bought one at one Walmart for $7 & the other @ a different Walmart for $8.

    I have one hen that must go in the back but the others lay in the front & the eggs roll to the back.
     
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  3. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might want to raise the nest boxes off the ground a little, other than that it looks great.
     
  4. Young MacDonald

    Young MacDonald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!

    I am planning on raising the nest boxes up, but I read somewhere that I should wait until they start laying in them to do that. Should I just go ahead and do that now? My oldest bird is about 3 months.

    Suburbanchickfarmer, I looked at the roost in your coop. Are you going to curve the edges or leave it flat. Are those 2x4s? I have 2 inch diameter branches in there, but nobody wants to use them. Maybe I should go with 2x4s??? By the way, what part of STL are you? I'm in Olivette.
     
  5. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My chickens are about 3 months also. I went ahead and opened the nest boxes, I just didn't put any bedding in them yet.

    The roosts are 2x4's, with the 4" side up. The edges are rounded off a little.

    I'm in Oakville.
     
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I like it! I like the pink color too!! Good job. Bet your babies are happy with their home.
     
  7. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bagdad KY
    that's very cool [​IMG]
     
  8. Clay in MS

    Clay in MS Out Of The Brooder

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    Outstanding job. Thumbs up for your find on craigslist.[​IMG]
     
  9. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    Great Job! I love craigslist I have found a ton of things including the newest Royal Palms I got for $3.00 each much better than the 22.99 at the feed store! Keep up the great work
     
  10. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Very cute!!! You just need a cute little sign with the name of your coop on the outside!! [​IMG]
    Something that adorable has to have a name!!
     
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