My Intro, my coop.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by brokenknee, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. brokenknee

    brokenknee Out Of The Brooder

    This is the "coop" We started out with, an old dog kennel with a wooden box in it. Since we live in northern MN I knew we would need something better for our MN winters. We knew this going in, but needed the chickens to get me motivated for the build. .


    This is the outside to date, still need to add the siding. That will have to wait until next spring as winter is almost upon us and I have many other projects to wrap up.


    Here is a shot of the other side


    An inside shot, will be adding another roost and poop board on the back wall.


    I have four nest boxes, so far with four hens laying (one just started today) they only use two.


    I did wire if for electrical, people light, switch for the heat lamps (will turn on once it gets below minus 10f, it get down to minus 30f here for usually a couple of weeks or so in the winter with maybe a day or two close to minus 40f. an outlet for heated water and a outlet for an automatic pop door (i have all the material just need time to get it done). I also have a LED 9 watt light on a timer so they have light for 14 hours a day.

    Been a "lurker" for most of the summer, most of the ideas I got from this site. Thank you.

    Coop size is 8 by 8 by 8 feet tall, as most have said I wish I would have made it bigger. I did not think about storage when I was building it. Was concerned about making it to large; as my intent was to size it for ten chickens.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2015
  2. brokenknee

    brokenknee Out Of The Brooder

    Almost forgot, here is a picture of some of the girls. I had nine at the time, started out with ten. One died the first couple of days.The other two I lost to a "skunk" just a couple of days before I moved them into the coup.the skunk also maimed another. I wanted to cull it from the flock, but the wife had already named it gator-girl because of the marking on her legs and would not let me do so. They do free range during the day.We have forty acres for them to run on.

  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Won't the wood(coop) be damaged by the Minnesota weather, before the siding goes up in spring? Very nice looking coop and easily large enough for 10 chickens. Always better to have more room especially if the chickens stay inside during extreme weather conditions. Crowded coops make for cranky birds that start feather plucking, bullying and sometimes escalate to cannibalism.

    Glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Your coop is really shaping up! And I don't think I've ever heard anyone say their coop was too large so you fit right in.

    Thanks for joining us!
  6. brokenknee

    brokenknee Out Of The Brooder

    OSB is rated for short term weather use, The winter will be easier on it than the spring, getting wet is what degrades it. I have seen some building with just osb on it with no paint for a couple of years without any real damage other than turning grey. If it was laying flat were water was sitting on it, I don't think it would last six months, but up on the wall will be OK until spring.

    Thanks every one for the welcom.
  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


    I really like your coop!
  8. brokenknee

    brokenknee Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you, still have a lot of work to do on it; but the girls are currently living in it without complaints.
  9. jutakis

    jutakis Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 29, 2015
    I love the coop! Welcome!
  10. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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