New Coop for a New Chicken Owner-Pic Heavy


10 Years
Mar 27, 2009
Cincinnati, OH
This is our almost finished chicken coop. It is a converted stall in my horse barn. It will house 16 chicks. 6 Barred Rocks, 5 White Rocks and 5 Black Australorps. The coop itself is 10 x 10 with an attached run of 10 x 16. The floor of the coop is concrete. The run footing is a base layer of #2 rock, which is large rocks anywhere from 3-5" in size. On top of that, we put regular sized gravel without any dust. The final layer is sand. Where we live, in the wintertime, the water table is right below the surface, so the ground stays very wet and muddy. Plus the coop is on the downhill side of the barn. So we knew we had to build up the run so the chickens could use it all year. To hold the footing in on the end of the run, I screwed hardware cloth to the botton board and bent it in, then lined that with landscape cloth so the sand would not filter out, but the water would still be able to escape. I think this should work out very well for us.

Now for the pictures. It's hard to tell in some of the pics, but the top of the coop, where the black bars are, is completely covered with chicken wire and the door is make of hardware cloth. It just doesn't come through in the pics very well.

The future residents.


The coop door fron the inside of the barn.


The roosts.


Where the nesting boxes will eventually go. I am probably going to use either 5 gallon buckets or the kitty litter boxes. Haven't decided yet.


Dutch doors with the pop door closed.


Pop door opened.


Close up of pop door and tracks.


From the top


Side view


Ceiling showing the light, plug and pulley rope for the pop door. I wanted the plug in the ceiling in case I need a heat lamp in the winter.


Hook for the pop door pulley. I wanted to be able to open the pop door without going into the coop. This worked out perfectly.


Dutch door with the top opened.


Now for the run.

The dutch door from the outside. You can see where I had to take the X out of the middle of the bottom door to make a big enough pop door.


From the end of the run facing the coop. You can see how unlevel the ground was where we put the 2 x 10. I wanted to make it wo the water drained, so we put tons of rock under the sand. I will be lining the current fence with hardware cloth at the bottom and regular chicken wire around the rest to keep anybody from being grabbed and pulled through. I will also be using either garden fence or chicken wire to make a cover for the run. It will be completely closed in before I let the chickens out.


The run from the side. You can see the overhang where they will be able to get out of the sun if they want.


Hardware cloth and landscape fabric holding in the gravel. I will eventually have more of the big rock piled around so the hardware cloth doesn't bend out or break.


Let me know what you all think. I haven't decided yet if I will let them free roam some of the time or not. We have woods right behind the barn and lots of predators around, so right now I'm not thinking they will be let out. But who knows what I'll end up doing.


11 Years
Aug 26, 2008
mtns of ,NC.
Wow, that looks great. Did you say you live up north? Then I would also have some way of insulating the coop in winter and closing off some of the ventilation. I envy you the barn. Gloria Jean


10 Years
Mar 27, 2009
Cincinnati, OH
crazyhen, I plan on wrapping some heavy mil plastic around the black bars on the inside to help keep the heat in during the winter. I know it won't keep it toasty, but with a heat lamp it should keep it tolerable. If not, we already planned to just remove the bars and take 2 x 10's up the rest of the wall and make it a solid wall. I hate to do that because of the natural light we get right now, but we will do what we have to. I won't help that the barn itself can't be closed up due to my horse having free access to his stall, but it shouldn't get drafty.

skrasienko, to be honest, I didn't measure the roosts. I made sure the top roost is 14" away from the wall, then I just put the other boards up in whatever way they looked good to me
If you look real close, they are not evenly spaced, esp. at the bottom. The side wall is about 5 1/2 feet tall if that helps determine how tall it is.

Thanks for the replys so far
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10 Years
Feb 7, 2009
ft. worth
Looks fantastic. Glad i'm not the only overacheaver here. LOL. I would add hardware cloth to the inside of the run though. Coons and other critters can reach between the 2x4 wire and pull a chicken right out. Good Job and Happy Clucking.

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