New coop project

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Coop de Cuse, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Coop de Cuse

    Coop de Cuse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It took me about 5 weeks to build and I started off thinking it was just going to be a simple box. Many, many doors later, I completed the project and will be (hopefully) getting chickens (Silver Sebrights) this weekend!

    It measures 4X6 and is almost 8 feet tall once on the concrete blocks. The interior is divided into 4 parts: Laying, roosting, loft and living. I have a perch on the lower level that runs the entire 6 feet with a 4 foot roost in the loft by the large window. The window is a piece of glass from the old style home stereos surrounded by routed 2x4s.

    The loft is accessed by the "mini-stairs" and the stairs are accessed by a short perch (lots of hopping around for exercise).

    There will be sand in the living area which can be removed via a drain in the floor.

    It was designed around ease of cleaning with plywood slide trays under each roost and access doors.

    I decided to avoid the type of nesting box that protrudes out the side of the coop and kept them inside and off the floor. I lined the nesting area with vinyl squares, also for ease of cleaning. The bottom nesting box can be accessed from the living area, via a short perch, and the top nesting box can be accessed from the loft.

    The back access door is for the loft slide tray. There is a main enter/exit door, ventilation/stairs access door, main roost clean tray door, loft access door (which will also be used as an exit door with a ramp to some high-cut tree trunks), nesting box door and the main sliding doors in the front.

    Once set on the blocks, there will be a small run under the coop.

    I will be using the space under a large trampoline as a starter run and will free range when they are familiar with "coop procedures".

    Your feedback is much appreciated :)


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    The main sliding doors.

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    Added the flower boxes as an after thought.

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    Doors, doors and more doors!

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    Loft clean tray access

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    The view from the main entrance.

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    The stairs and main roost.

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    Nice view through the tinted stereo window.

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    Egg access.
     
  2. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very well done! Love the bold colors on the outside, and the white interior. My only comment would be if you live in a northern climate with winters, you may need to tighten up the cracks in the walls to avoid drafts. You need ventalation, even in winter, but you don't want drafts on the chickens while they are sleeping. But if you are in a sourthern climate, you should be good to go.
     
  3. Coop de Cuse

    Coop de Cuse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input. Since I used pine to build, the drying process made some serious gaps! I plan on using paintable caulk to fill in all the gaps since winters here are a bit harsh (Syracuse, NY). I might even have to add some form of heat for those extreme nights out in the cold.
     
  4. lilranchette

    lilranchette Out Of The Brooder

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    That is a really cool coop! I love all the doors. Love the ideas here too.
     
  5. Coop de Cuse

    Coop de Cuse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     

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