Mallory's Chicken Mansion now open!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by preacher1, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. preacher1

    preacher1 In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2007
    The chickens have finally moved into their new home. I think it was worth waiting for. Everthing is complete with the exception the chicken wire over the run and hooking up the electric for the lights. This turned out to be some project. As it progressed I just kept adding, as you can probablly tell by the pics. What started with 8 chickens for my 5yo and a small coop to build has turned into 12 chickens (already talking about adding some more) and a chicken mansion. Since my wife was not that excited about getting chickens to start with I wanted to build a coop that really didn't look like a coop and this is what we ended up with. This is actually my first building project so I have been really suprised with how well it turned out.

    The chickens are my 5yo daughter's so we have named our coop Mallory's Chicken Mansion.

    Here's the pics.



    Rear of coop and run. Will be adding chicken wire to the top. The post on top are chain link fence rails that were recycled. The fence post are damaged treated landscape timbers that were given to me. I had planned to use a recycled chain link fence but since I got the landscape timbers for free I went ahead and got 1x2 welded wire for the run area. I also use 3' wide 1/2" weld wire along the bottom. I put it 1 foot up on the fence and burried the other 2' feet turned out from the fence to keep preadators from digging under.


    Recycled Chain Link Fence Gate to enter run.


    Doors for nest and roost area.


    Nest access doors for gathering eggs.


    Nest boxes on the inside.


    Door to access area beneath the roost for cleaning.


    Placed sand under the roost for easier cleaning (hopefuly).


    They are trying out the new roost.

    The building it 8' x 12' and the run is 20' x 20'. Based on 4sqft per chicken I should have room for 24. I have lost some floor space due to the roost layout so I was wondering do you count the roost space in the 4sqft or is 4sqft of floor space?
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  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Awsome Job!! Well Done!!!
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  3. alaskan_crew

    alaskan_crew Songster

    Jun 5, 2007
    Wasilla, AK
    Super cool! My coop looks like it belongs in the "hood" compared to yours! Was it a kit or all from design? Where r u guys at? Looks kinda like AK.
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  4. drafthorse39

    drafthorse39 Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
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  5. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Looks very nice and.. Enormous!
    Nice job [​IMG]
  6. Finch

    Finch In the Brooder

    Mar 1, 2007
    Beautiful coop! I can't believe this is a FIRST building project. You must have been a master carpenter in a previous life!
  7. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    that is absolutely beautiful! holy smoke I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not putting any pics of my coop on here!
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  8. peacebird

    peacebird Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] me neither, Aran - me neither.....!!!!

    My run is now secure but looks positively ghetto in comparison.....
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  9. Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] me neither, Aran - me neither.....!!!!

    My run is now secure but looks positively ghetto in comparison.....

    I have a coop that would put all of the ghetto / hick / slum / coops to shame:p.........mymy.that is a beautiful hen coop and run...........can you come live with me........will keep you warm.feed you fresh exchange for a coop............and you FIRST? building project........geesh.... I thought with practice I would get better HAHA> beautiful job preacher1 the wifey is happy. [​IMG]
  10. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    When can I move in?! [​IMG] That place would make any chicken happy.

    Excellent job!

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