My slapped together coop : ) **Pic Heavy**


Queen of the Zoo
11 Years
Mar 31, 2008
Philomath, Oregon
It was actually built back in May as my Mother's Day gift. I'm a little embarrassed to post it after seeing such wonderful coops on here, but I'm going to anyway
This coop is very crude and simple, made out of what we had leftover from last year's remodel phase, but it seems to be working quite well. We have a leak in the roof but I put it on hubby's honey-do list for the weekend along with insulating it
My dream coop is in the works, hopefully a cute playhouse with a larger run with an opening to my new garden. It is part of the plan for our new backyard which should start taking shape next summer.

I have since made it into Fort Knox as I learned more about the predators in my area. It now is completely encased in hardware cloth and a security light is going to be installed within the next couple weeks. I have hung all their feeders and installed an automatic waterer. The run is dirt and floor of the coop is sand, which both the chickens and I love. I used shades this summer to keep the west sun off of them (it is on the north side of our house) and this winter, I'm covering the top with tarps to keep the run as dry as possible. My next coop will have everything including running water, air conditioning and heating! Now just to convince hubby...

He built the nest boxes from a design the woman at the feedstore gave him. The chickens never used the roost pole in the front (I told him they wouldn't, lol), but they are a great handle for me to open and clean the boxes.

It's simple, but it works!

We turned the unused bottom deck off our bedroom into the coop and run. It is 9'x12'.

We lifted the floor to make a back wall then power washed everything

The skylights were hubby's idea and I found the windows at a restoration place in our town. The roof is a bit cumbersome but it works for now

Hubby built these

The window to the side is my daughter's room. I keep the coop extra clean because of this. Her cats just love to sit in the window for hours and watch the chickens.

Almost done. We used plastic floor runners to cover the screens in the windows. We are looking for something different to use this winter.

"I can fly!" I love this picture. This is the moment the girls were released into their new run. Nina took off in flight and seemed almost shocked that she could!



Kiss My Grits...
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 19, 2008
Western MA
whats wrong with that coop? looks great to me..using the overhead deck supports is an awesome idea!...and the boxes are great! many chickens do u have?...Wendy


Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Dec 26, 2006
Both Coasts
Hey, those are real nice nest boxes your hubby built!

Im gonna be scrounging through the barn this weekend for just about anything that I can find to use for nest boxes since a bunch of pullets and several ducks just started laying.

Nothing is safe from my using it for a nest box, feeder, coop, pen, etc. LOL. Im all for using what ever you have on hand or can scrounge. My most recent new pen was built out of one of those metal frame carports with a canvas cover and sides. We just added wire and presto... 10x20 pen. This weekend we are converting a 12x12 metal and canvas garden shade structure into a pen.



11 Years
Apr 17, 2008
Springville, Indiana
WOW. I love the coop and pen. It looks like the stuff I build. I have 2 big coops and 3 smaller coops and over 75% I did on my own (hubby didn't help). And most of it is stuff that is around the farm.


Queen of the Zoo
11 Years
Mar 31, 2008
Philomath, Oregon
Thank you
It's not pretty but it's functionable and it makes use of a very useless space in our yard. Other than that, the great thing about it is I have discovered just what I want and need in my next coop. We didn't have a lot of money to invest at the time so everything but some of the fencing, the gate and the wood for my nest boxes was scrounged from the garage. The chickens seem to love it!

Wendy, I have 10 pullets - RIRs, BO's, BSL and EE's.


Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Jan 11, 2007
I really like your coop too and the nest boxes are great. I am curious about where they roost to sleep? Do you have roosts or do they sleep on the ground?



11 Years
Jun 26, 2008
Columbiaville, MI
wow, i wouldn't call that 'slapped together'! it looks like a well done project.
it looks safe, well thought out and neatly done. i love the hinged roof; that is something we are planning for some small sized coops for breeders.

well done! God bless your little flock for health and protection!

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