My Coop: The Chik-n-Barn and 2 Chik-n-Runs

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LisaJean, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. LisaJean

    LisaJean Songster

    Here is my coop, completed at last.


    I bought the Chik-n-barn + run, and one additional run. So the barn is in the middle with a run on either side. It give the girls a lot of room.

    My reviews for these items... eh. Overpriced, in my opinion. Plus the runs come partially assembled, and on both of them, they were not put together right, and the pre-drilled holes did not line up correctly. Also the entire setup was missing hardware, or had the wrong size bolts.

    My feeling is, if I were to do it over, I would find plans online and build my own.
  2. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    In spite of the problems the end result looks really nice!!
  3. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Songster

    Apr 9, 2007
    around Katy, Tx
    and it looks easy to move.
  4. LisaJean

    LisaJean Songster

    Yep, it is easy to move. Just remove four bolts, and then each of the three pieces can be moved. The barn needs two people to lift it, but it's still easily portable.

    I have put hardware cloth on the bottom of the barn, since it comes floorless.
  5. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    That looks like the same one that they have at the local farm store. I noticed that it was made out of 1/4" plywood and had no floor. I didn't feel it was very predator proof at all. It's very cute though, and I'm thinking of trying to build one similar, but stronger and more durable. Did your's have nesting boxes inside or just the slots to get the eggs out of? I didn't see boxes in the one at the store. But it was up on a shelf. I see you've already had the same concern about too much ventilation through the top. I really like the style, just needs some beefing up. Good idea on the double runs
  6. LisaJean

    LisaJean Songster

    Hi, LC! The thingy came with three nest boxes. I haven't put them in yet, because I'm not expecting eggs for another few months.

    It won't keep out anything big and strong, like a fox or a bear, or a racoon, but I live in the city limits and have yet to see any of those thing. Plus I have chain link around the yard.

    Yeah, heehee, I have some cardboard covering up the vents at the top, to keep the cold air off my girls. I'll take them off when it gets warm, of course. And I plan to make something a little more attractive that the cardboard. I'd like to put plexiglass up, but I'm not sure where to get it custom cut.
  7. LisaJean

    LisaJean Songster

    Man my yard is a mess.... I've just been studying the picture. What a slob I look like! LOL

    There's an old couch waiting to be taken to the dump, my bird feeders are empty and having been mangled by squirrels, my isolation cage is sitting in the middle of the yard, the cooler has been there since July, and there's pine straw everywhere.

    You can see the little galvaized trash can that I keep birdseed in. And over to the right of the picture you can just see the edge of my composter. It's a big black drum on a wooden rack, so you can rotate it.

    And you can see my hammock, from which I do a lot of chicken-watching.

    I don't know what the cinderblock is doing out there. I was looking for one the other day, and it was right there in plain sight all along.
  8. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Do you have any kind of saw? Plexiglas cuts really easy with a jig saw or anything like that. If you get a good deep cut with a razor knife, you can probably break it on the line too.

    Well, it's probably not bad for in the city. Might I recommend you put a floor in it. So dogs don't dig under. I'm just sick of all these dog attacks of late. I sold a bunch of 7 week olds to a lady, and a dog or something dug under and got them.
  9. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    I really like it! I think you did a great job..........I may try to build one of those little "barns"..
    hmmm, better get the ok 1st!(LOL)
  10. Xtradust

    Xtradust Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Orange, CA
    I think it's an attractive design and makes a great starter.

    I started out with something like it and I've been beefing it up, now and then, ever since. I just got done insulating it.

    Don't wait until you see a predator before you build up the coop. Mine is Fort Knox now, but I had to learn some hard lessons along the way.

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