my coop and movable runs

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wilcoxmad, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. wilcoxmad

    wilcoxmad Out Of The Brooder

    Hello all. I am new to this whole process so there has been lots of trial and error. I have also had some bad advice from other sources and made some errors because of it.

    I have a lot to learn and would appreciate your input!!!

    My chicks are now 17 week old Buff Orpingtons, ten of them, and 14 week old Black Austerlorp, 13 hen and 3 roos.

    Here are some pic's of my coop and runs.


    The following are pic's of the connector tunnels I made. There are drop-in doors which make the coop secure at night. The chicken wire at each end of the tunnel allows me to move the runs around the yard to some degree.

  2. wilcoxmad

    wilcoxmad Out Of The Brooder

    Here are some pic's of the outside of the coop. I buried hardware wire, a foot deep, around the whole coop. The coop is 8 feet high at the back and 6 and a half feet at the front. We put doors on each side at the front.

    Right side

    Left side - that is our feed can beside the door.
  3. wilcoxmad

    wilcoxmad Out Of The Brooder

    And now some inside pic's.

    This roo was crowing as I stood outside and took his pic.

    The roosting post

    The nesting boxes - Yes, way too many!

    From the back of the coop.

    The top back of the coop - That vent runs the length of the coop. I put in two lights, on a switch, with electric plugs. I can plug in the heat lamps, and turn off the standard bulb at the pull string, and turn them off and on from the main switch at the door. I also have two standard electric outlets up there.

    I have two feeders and two water buckets.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  4. WestfarthingHomestead

    WestfarthingHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Love it! Those tunnels are cool. I never thought of that before.[​IMG]
  5. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2010
    Genious! I love the versatility of being able to move the runs!
  6. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    Everything looks great! Congrats on the coop!

  7. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very Nice! [​IMG]
  8. Me & Jack

    Me & Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Your runs look exactly like the ones I built -- only your corners match up perfectly![​IMG]
  9. Blackcatsrule

    Blackcatsrule Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 28, 2011
    Love the way you did the moveable runs. It looks like you could add more chicken wire to make the tunnel longer to reach other areas as needed also. Seems very basic, but not an idea I'd think of. Kudos on your entire layout.

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