My new "coop de grace"!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sweetdreaming, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. sweetdreaming

    sweetdreaming Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! Here's a coop I just finished. I got plans off the Internet for $15. It's 5x6, w/ treated 4x4's for base, 2x3 framing and 5/8" T-1-11 siding. It called for 6 nests but I only made 3 (and my girls still only use 1!). I hv 6 hens and a roo, but the roost inside could accommodate 12+. I raised the base to 18" and framed it w/ hardware wire (that I can remove if I want to use tractor w/ front end spike loader to move it), so they have shade during the day. I also added a ridge vent and put in a solar powered gable exhaust fan that pulls cool air from chic door out above people door on other side (it works great!!---I live in very south TX and hv to deal w/ 80-100 degree days most of the year). I bought a 10x 10 dog kennel w/ sun shade from Tractor Supply and added a single 10' panel and a 6' return so run is 10 x 20'. I kept them in the pen until they all started using the roost (about 2 weeks), then started letting them free-range during the day. It's been about 3 mo's since they moved to their new home and all the girls return to lay their eggs there (in their old pen, they layed 1/2 their eggs in random places around yard). This coop is sooo easy to collect eggs from (and to clean: I just roll wheelbarrow up to people door and rake out the single bag of shavings I put in). The roost just swings up out of the way. Anyway, I built it all by myself, the only thing my husband helped me with was the roof panels (ya, I'm a woman AND I'm over 60!). I had so much fun, I decided to build another identical (just diff color). 2nd one is going a lot faster, should be done in a couple weeks (I work on it when I get home from my "real" job!): my 20 week old Cream Legbars can hardly wait!
     
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  2. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice,you did a great job on it.[​IMG]
     
  3. MEMama3

    MEMama3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love it and you were wise to cut down on the nest boxes. You only need 1 for every 4 birds.
     
  4. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the windows! Did you buy or make those?
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Nice Job!!
     
  6. Skyblue23

    Skyblue23 New Egg

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    That's a awesome coop! You did a great job :)
     
  7. sweetdreaming

    sweetdreaming Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I bought them online. I can't remember the site, something like "Discount Shed Windows". They're 14 x 21, flush mount and white. They hv 3 adjustments to open and a screen. Glass is tempered. There's 2 on the back, too, for cross vent. $98 for 4 and they arrived in 4 days and perfect. I just got another set for the new coop I'm building, too.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    WOW...did that $98 include shipping?
     
  9. sweetdreaming

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    Naw, but it was about $20. Shoot, I drive a 1T Dually and it takes about $10 in fuel just to drive to my local Home Depot, so I didn't complain.
     
  10. BryceR

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    Thats great! Awesome job on the coop!

    Can you tell me a little about the solar fan you have? That might be a great addition to my coop I'm working on now. That would come in handy for the summers here in AZ.
     

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