On the hunt

kjens2014

In the Brooder
Mar 19, 2018
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Clarksville TN
I am on the hunt for good coop ideas, photos, supplies, and advice.

They are building a house across the street so I am taking advantage of every bit of lumber they decide to toss in their scrap pile!!!

I'm currently downloading a free CAD software to try to help me really formulate an idea on how I actually want to build my coop and run.

Anything prefab you can buy, IMHO, is junk, unless you pay through the nose for something custom built.

My generalized coop idea will be a 4x8 coop, with an attached 12x8 run. completely sheltered overhead.
 

kjens2014

In the Brooder
Mar 19, 2018
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41
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Clarksville TN
Here is a link to coop pix. There are many, so scan to get best ideas.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/post-your-chicken-coop-pictures-here.596294/
And here,,,
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/chicken-coops.12/

Ask more specific questions once you decide what you are going to construct.
WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,, and :welcome

Its not really asking specific questions.....its more putting the image in my head onto paper. This was more of the "lesson learned" or "hindsight is 20/20" type thing.

I ditched the CAD software. Too difficult for my brain to follow without instructions. Going old school....paper and pencil.
 

Folly's place

Enabler
10 Years
Sep 13, 2011
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southern Michigan
Build big! A Woods coop is wonderful; second is a walk-in shed, modified as a coop. Least expensive is a cattle panel hoop coop, built predator proof.
If you are limited by law to a few hens, that's one thing. If you can have however many you want, 'chicken math' will strike, and you will likely have MANY in no time!
Mary
 

kjens2014

In the Brooder
Mar 19, 2018
36
41
44
Clarksville TN
Build big! A Woods coop is wonderful; second is a walk-in shed, modified as a coop. Least expensive is a cattle panel hoop coop, built predator proof.
If you are limited by law to a few hens, that's one thing. If you can have however many you want, 'chicken math' will strike, and you will likely have MANY in no time!
Mary

I am "limited", but our city is somewhat lax on keeping up with people and their birds. Right now the design plan is a 6x8 coop with an attached 8x16 run, also utilizing the space underneath the coop for additional shade/run space.
 

Folly's place

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10 Years
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southern Michigan
If you have enough yard space, have a walk-in coop rather than that 'under the coop' space. How will you get under there? Cleaning, getting eggs, critters, chickens, dead critters, whatever. Have shade some other way!!!
Mary
 

jreardon1918

Crowing
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Jul 13, 2016
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My Coop
My Coop
If you are sold on 4x8 take a look at my coop article. I tried to tell what is working and what I would change. I would mention, this coop size will limit you to about 8 full size chickens.
 

kjens2014

In the Brooder
Mar 19, 2018
36
41
44
Clarksville TN
If you have enough yard space, have a walk-in coop rather than that 'under the coop' space. How will you get under there? Cleaning, getting eggs, critters, chickens, dead critters, whatever. Have shade some other way!!!
Mary

I have yard space but not a whole lot of shade space, due to having to remove some trees from the property last year that were dead and in danger of falling. Elevating the coop at this point is an option. its not set in stone yet.
 

sfgwife

Crowing
May 19, 2017
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That sure will be small when chick maths come into play. :lau:gig:oops:. Hubby made our like a tiny house. :idunno. Brother kept tellin mister what amenities he needed add for him... like wrap round covered porch, pot belly stove, camper style toilet sink combo.... yea... it was bad. Lol!
 

sfgwife

Crowing
May 19, 2017
1,047
3,137
322
North Cakalaki
Build big! A Woods coop is wonderful; second is a walk-in shed, modified as a coop. Least expensive is a cattle panel hoop coop, built predator proof.
If you are limited by law to a few hens, that's one thing. If you can have however many you want, 'chicken math' will strike, and you will likely have MANY in no time!
Mary


Hahaha i posted before readin through. Oops. Yep. Chicken maths!
 

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