My take on the garden coop (Lots o pics)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ernie, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Ernie

    Ernie Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 19, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Today was moving day! I think I was more excited than the girls [​IMG]

    We have a really small city lot so I needed to make a compact coop that fit right into a corner in our yard. It ended up squeezing into the NW corner tucked in between two trees. I tilled our yard (more like dirt patch) and planted clover for the girls. So far, they love it!

    Here's what the yard looked like at the beginning of September, just before I tilled it up (including their temporary housing)...


    Here's the clover seed...


    The ladies are growing impatient with my speed of construction [​IMG]


    The clover's coming in...


    Larry's soaking up some late summer sun while monitoring my incredibly slow construction progress [​IMG]...


    And finally as of today, the coop is 99% done!


    I added an exterior nest box which isn't part of the original plans...


    Here's a shot from inside the run...


    Vinyl's in place and ready for bedding...


    Nest box access...


    Ladybird soaking up some rare November sun this afternoon prior to the big move...


    And finally, they're in...


    It took them a little while to figure out the ramp, but they're all settled in their new pad for the night. Eggs tomorrow? What's the best way to secure a nest box lid like the one I have? Right now, it's attached with hooks and eyes, but I'm wondering if there's a better method. Anybody know?

    Thanks for looking and any input or suggestions for tweaks are welcome!

  2. chickeydee

    chickeydee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2009
    Looks Great. I am sure they are happy. What is the wood you used on it ? It sure is pretty.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009
  3. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    Wait a minute! Did you tile their digs?! alright! [​IMG]
  4. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    I love it!!!
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    That's really nice.

  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Beautiful coop!

    About your fastening question, I used hasps and spring loaded clips like this to secure all of the doors to my coops (two per door, top and bottom):

    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Ooops, forgot to mention...beautiful coop, by the way.
  8. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    [​IMG] [​IMG] Love it! [​IMG]
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    [​IMG] well done that looks fantastic!
  10. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    That is very nice! Has a bit of an asian flare, with the angled roof and black wood. Thanks so much for sharing.

    On the nest box, hooks and eyes are fine, if you use the hooks with the spring in them that latch tight.

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