My Small Coop Design

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mr. Peepers, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are a few shots of the 4 to 6 hen coop (4'X4' floor) I designed and built for a friend this summer. The design is in a Google Sketchup 7 file (freeware) if anyone is interested. Cost of materials is between $100 and $200, depending on the hardware you choose and how much lumber you can scrounge.

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  2. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
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  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I like the nice big window! Is the nest box(es) mounted on the inside? It's a very attractive design...
     
  4. CheerfulHeart2

    CheerfulHeart2 Creative Problem Solver

    Apr 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I like this. I like it a lot. I may be interested in doing something very similar. Nice. Thank you for sharing.
     
  5. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Yes, the nest boxes are inside and can be reached from the main door. For a small coop, this solves a lot of construction problems since there are fewer parts to build, Leaks at the hinges on external nest boxes are also avoided..
     
  6. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's what the finished coop looked like. The small run/tractor attached is portable, for day use only, and NOT predator proof. The chicken ladder is shown in an alternative configuration which allows the chickens to go under the coop.

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  7. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    That is really nice. How many chicks are you going to put in it? I found mine are happiest at about 1/2 what is suggested. I love that you can move your run. That way an area can be regrassed or sown with greens before it is used again. If needed you can lime and till to get rid of odor too. Yeah! wonderful idea. Gloria Jean
     
  8. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    beautiful coop, great program, gonna have to investigate. Is it hard to use?
     
  9. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Sketchup has two things going for it: It's free, and it's really easy to learn and use.

    The Sketchup download from Google is very fast. Give it a try, it can't hurt. I'll try to upload the coop design to the Google Sketchup 3D library so that anyone can access it. Once you have the design and the software, you can rotate the coop, view from all angles and get dimensions for all parts.
     
  10. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built something similar, but I put two doors opening in the middle as one complete wall so it would be easy for me to clean out the coop. I stole the idea from:

    http://www.ezcleancoops.com/

    Then, I put the pop door on the wall adjacent to the people door so I could open and close it up from the inside of the coop without having to go into the run.

    And I put vents under the roof overhangs on both the front and rear of the coop, with flaps so I can control the amount of ventilation.
     

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