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Ok - my coop is 90% done so I thought I'd share some pictures.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chirpy, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I don't have many building progress pictures as we've "lost" them somewhere on our computer.

    1) My DH and sons starting the floor.

    2) The exterior framed and enclosed.

    3) The inside: people side on the left with the chicken side on the right - these are the start of the nest boxes from the people side.

    4) The nest boxes from the chicken side:

    5) This is just showing the inside floor of the nest boxes. I cut lino a little large so it would lap up on the sides. At this point I'm not permanently installing it but just letting it sit in there. It's made it very easy to pull out and change the shavings.

    We have to put netting over the top and finish a few minor things here and there and it will be done! Hip! Hip! Hooray!!!!

    6) The next two are of the fencing. I used 2x4 welded wire with 1" chicken wire buried 12 to 18 inches deep (we have hard clay so there were places we couldn't dig down as far) and tied up the side of the welded wire with metal baling twine. That's me in the second picture: notice the chickens laying down against my back and around me! Aren't they great ... and such helpers![​IMG][​IMG]

    7) Since your "fortress" is only as strong as the weakest link, we knew that getting under the gate would be a weak point so we poured cement about 16 inches deep! Let's see the raccoons get through that!

    8) Their roosts - which at this point I don't think I like. I think I'm going to make them equal height off the ground as no one will use the lower roost.

    9) The people side of the nest boxes with the doors on.

    10) The "locks" I use to keep raccoons out. I've heard that they can possibly open these so I have them four feet off the ground hoping that will keep the raccoons from reaching them.

    11) Side view of the mostly completed chicken house. We have hardware cloth over both windows.

    12) Front view of the mostly completed chicken house. Notice the 'patrolling' cat and dog ... waiting for an easy meal! Wait ... I mean protecting their friends the chickens.

    13) The clean-out door on the back side of the hen house.

    14) My chickens when they were babies and my son's cat (DK) waiting for dinner, or his 'boys' attention.

    15) The chickens enjoying their yard. But wishing there was more grass.
  2. joanm

    joanm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2007
    WOW! What a great coop, I wish mine was that big! Great pics![​IMG]
  3. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    how very nice!!!!!! [​IMG]
  4. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Great set-up love the coop.
  5. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
    Very, very nice! My daughter will soon be moving out to your beautiful state and I know she is going to miss the chickens no matter what she says!
  6. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Very nice. Y'all thought of everything!! Who's the doghouse for? Does the dog stay in the run at night for extra predator protection?
  7. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2007
    Vandalia, OH
    I'd love to share photos of mine for feedback but i don't know how yet. WE've only done the inside part and not a outside place for them yet, its in the works!!
  8. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    The dog house is for the chickens! They love to go inside it and sit around yakking with each other. I'm trying to give them things to 'play' on and inside to keep them entertained. I'm also seriously thinking Dwarf goats in the next year so they would also love the dog house.
  9. COgirl

    COgirl Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2007
    Falcon Colorado
    Very nice coop Chirpy! I wish we were as far along as you are, we have our floor down, we are converting a shed, hubby did put the roosts up and the babies love that and some even roost in the rafters. I also hope ours looks as good as yours when we are done. Are those Jersey Giants I see in your pic? Great Job!
  10. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:My roo lives in a dog house until my girls are older (they have the hen house to themselves). I was thinking that putting a dog in the run at night would help with coons and such but I don't know. My dog would be distracted by all the poop there is to eat.

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