Our Cadillac Coope Deville [Warning: 39 Pics]

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CorporateGranola, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. CorporateGranola

    CorporateGranola Chirping

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    This spring, my wife and I decided [on a whim] that we wanted to raise some chickens for eggs. No meat for us, thanks! <3 This is a pictorial log of our journey from framing to finished coop - we're very proud of our work, and hope that the BYC community can get some inspiration from our pet project. My father was a huge help, and I'm so grateful that we could do this together. Please take a moment to provide some feedback, we'd love to hear your thoughts.

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  2. Outstanding Job!!
     
  3. carrlr

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    Wow, that's truly awsome. Only because of the safety of your chickens, I have one thing to point out, and you may have already figured this out. It appears you have a cord tied to your latch, obviously so you don't get locked in. If your chickens are as inquisitive as mine, they could likely jump up and pull that string, accidently unlatching the door. I would recommend the cord not "hang" like it is. Do you have an estimated cost of this "pet project"? Great job.
     
  4. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Songster

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    Wow
     
  5. I really like the details in the window and the roof. Modern Craftsman chicken coop, it looks really nice, well done.

    My only question is how are you going to keep animals from digging into the coop from the bottom in the gaps between you block foundation and the frame?
     
  6. CorporateGranola

    CorporateGranola Chirping

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    @carrlr
    The plastic cord was really just a temporary solution - we have a braided hemp [beaded] cord as the pull now. The outside will be secured using a padlock, so the girls will be perfectly safe in their enclosure.

    @AllTheseCreatures
    The cinder-blocks are just there to keep the structure leveled. The space that you see isn't actually open, there is hardware cloth buried +12 inches underground to keep digging predators from getting into harm our girls.
     
  7. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Looks GREAT ! [​IMG]
     

  8. carrlr

    carrlr Songster

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    Quote:Excellent. How many girls are you planning on??
     
  9. CorporateGranola

    CorporateGranola Chirping

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    We currently have 9 in our brooding room [i.e. the sunroom in our house] and will probably stick with that number unless I can convince my beloved wife to let me build an addition to the coop. [​IMG] I have a feeling I'll be grovelling soon though. They are just too precious!

    -=CG=-
     
  10. BackToMyRoots

    BackToMyRoots Chirping

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    That's a beauty!
     

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