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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sunny & the 5 egg layers, May 12, 2011.

  1. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    Our very first chickens are now 10 weeks old and we have started their coop. I probably should have posted earlier since the coop is nearly finished.
    We started the coop from an old shed. The shed needed a lot of work. The floors were slanted, the roof leaked, and it needed some work. We started the project on April 30th and we have came a long way....

    This is what the shed looked like when we first began
    Walking in the door
    Side of shed

    And under construction....
    The first thing we had to do was fix the leaky roof that had no shingles

    Then we started making the hole for the chicken door and the two front windows
    And of course look who goes through the chicken door! Yup, my border collie Zoey.

    Then we installed the two front windows

    Then we made the doorway smaller and installed a people door

    We then installed two more windows and cut a hole so we could access the nesting boxes from outside

    We also added another window to the other side of the building where the storage area will be and a wall to seperate the storage area from the chickens. And added linoleum to the floor.
    Entering the coop

    We still have to...
    Insulate it
    Finish the wall seperating the chickens from the storage
    Make the door for the chicken pop door
    Make the door for the outside access to the nest boxes
    Make a roost

  2. mestaske

    mestaske In the Brooder

    Feb 14, 2011
    Southern Colorado
    Good job, like the reuse of an old shed.
  3. SuziQ991

    SuziQ991 Songster

    Aug 18, 2009
    Wow you did a great job! And Zoey is a cutie [​IMG]
  4. KansasBoy

    KansasBoy Songster

    Apr 16, 2011
    Looking good! [​IMG]
  5. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Crowing

    Apr 7, 2011
    SE Wis
    Looks great!!!! [​IMG]
  6. DFamilyChicks

    DFamilyChicks In the Brooder

    May 11, 2011
    Bellingham, WA
    Thanks for posting. You've helped me visualize what I might do with my "tree fort" conversion (see my other post in this section of the forum). It looks like we have similar sized structures. I will need to add the pop door and nesting boxes like you have done. So I will study your pictures for guidance.

    Are there any, "I would do this differently" discoveries that you can share, now that you've finished the coop??


  7. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    Quote:The coop isn't finished yet. We still have to do a few things to it like, Insulate it, Finish the wall seperating the chickens from the storage area, Make the door for the chicken pop door,
    Make the door for the outside access to the nest boxes, and make a roost. The chickens haven't moved in it yet. They are still in their brooder box without the heat lamp. But they come outside during the day in there run (an old dog kennel).

    The area where the chickens are going to be kept is 8 feet x 7 feet. The storage area is about 4 feet x 8 feet. Plus we added a little loft so we can store things like bedding, feed ect.
    The whole building is 12 feet x 8 feet. I will post pics of the loft. I found this thread for good roost idea's: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=491994
    I am doing something similiar to "yelim"'s roost. I want something easy to clean.

    I took a look at your "tree fort" thread. I will look at it again once you upload some pics.

  8. savingpurple

    savingpurple Songster

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Ohio
    Great job!

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