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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Brian, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Brian

    Brian Songster

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    It's done! It's done! It's done!

    This is my shed/coop. It is comprised to two rectangles.The shed portion is where you enter, and it is a 6x8' room. From the shed, you can enter the coop portion, which is caged off. The coop is 8x10' in size. The ceilings are vaulted and there are a total of 6 windows, four of which open for ventilation. I have 6 laying boxes and tiered roosting boards. Note that the top of the laying boxes is slanted to make roosting (defecating) impossible. I will get chicks in the Spring (Rhode Island Red, Delaware, Buff Orpington, and a few others).

    The siding of the structure is full-thickness 1" sugar pine, which was locally milled for me. I built this puppy to last. I had fun with this project, from design to completion of the construction (though I didn't like working in the cold). Still, it is now done, and I'm ready for chicks in late February! If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at [email protected], as I don't tend to check my messages on this message board.






    Last edited: Jan 18, 2008
  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    That is awesome!!!!!!!! I will have to show my husband in case he gets the need to build something [​IMG]
  3. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    That's fantastic! I think you just built my dream coop. When did you say you were going to deliver it? [​IMG]
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    All I have to add is......WHERE IS MINE!?? GREAT JOB!! [​IMG] You will have some very happy chickens in there. [​IMG]
  5. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    that is a really nice coop, excellent job constructing it
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!
  7. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Songster

    Aug 16, 2007
    That is so nice.. Is it insulated at all. What is the black on the wall?
    You did a great job. I love the idea of the extra room for supplies, etc!!

  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    That is awesome! Beautiful work!!!! My only suggestion (which you didn't ask for, I know) would be to turn the 2x4's for the roost broadside so it's more comfy for their feet and they can cover their feet with their feathers in the winter. That is such a handsome building-I wish I had made mine where I could store feed and supplies inside. You'll be glad you did that!
  9. Brian

    Brian Songster

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    Thank you all for all your kind words. Jacie, you asked about the material on the inside walls. That is builders felt, which is really like a tar-based felt paper that is commonly used under siding. It is sturdy stuff--at least the 30lb variety is--and it prevents drafts and keeps any wind-driven rain from penetrating inside. It keeps the bones of the building safe and dry. Since I am getting cold-hardy breeds, I should not need to insulate at all. If I change my mind, I could always add fiberglass batting and then put plywood over that (or maybe more felt).
  10. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop

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