Our Dollhouse Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AtropineCaffein, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. AtropineCaffein

    AtropineCaffein Chirping

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northern Alabama
    Hello everyone! I just wanted to share the coop that TWS made for our Japanese bantams. :)

    TWS has been wanting chickens for years, but in AK, it was too cold, too dark, too everything. So we decided to have them when we retired. We had planned to build one big coop when we moved here, but we have not found the time, etc. I REALLY wanted TWS to have his "show chickens", even if we could not get the egg and meat chickens yet, so I suggested that he use the space between the barn and the garden to build a small coop for a few chickens until we could build the big coop. He has the mind of an engineer and a wife who has discovered her inner child (who apparently adores shiny and pink) and here is the result:

    The coop from the front. That is a functional cupola with a bathroom vent in it to keep the humidity down inside. People lettuce is planted in the front bed. To the right is a gate to walk to the back side of the coop and inside the runs. The coop was built with three things in mind: health and comfort for the chickens, low cost, and prettiness. The coop is on a concrete slab, and the runs are built with sunk wire and frames and net covering. We have few raccoons close to the house, but the coyotes were almost on my sleeping porch a month or so ago, and we do have hawks.

    We got a great deal of the building materials on sale, etc. The door is from HfH resale store. The window was marked down to about 1/5th the price, etc. It looks super expensive, but actually was amazingly cost effective.

    When you go in the door, you walk into the working area. The nesting boxes jut into the working area and have catches so you can open each box and look for eggs. To the right (not in this pic) is the counter with the feed, meds, etc under it. There is a screen door to your immediate left to get into the coop.

    Again, with the inner girl. I am an emergency management professional by trade. I shoot, hunt, fish, and even was state champ in archery. But I cannot resist the call of shiny, pretty, sparkly stuff.

    Plus ALLL chickens need chandeliers ;) (actually it was very inexpensive, we needed light anyway, and it is pretty!).
    The walls are mahogany. No kidding, it was the cheapest plywood at lowes!

    The roost...

    The nesting boxes with vintage linen curtains for privacy (again, cheap find at a local antique store :) )

    The inside waterer. You can see the counter behind the screen.

    This is right under the window--food and grit. They kick everything onto the ground anyway though.

    To the left is their door. It opens and closes automatically with the sun rise/set. To the right is a vent. In the winter, it is blocked by an insulated insert.


    The cleanout for the coop. If you are facing the coop on the outside, it is on the left end. There is a little door where everything can be shoveled out. The bottom of the coop is a non-gassing something or other, the name of which I have forgotten. But it is slick and easy to clean and goes up the sides about 5 inches.

    Looking from inside the chicken part to the tool wall.

    Under the counter, food, meds, etc.


    A better pic of the nest box backs and the counter.


    That was the inside....hopefully I can load some more outside pics :)
  2. AtropineCaffein

    AtropineCaffein Chirping

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northern Alabama
    Outside the coop :)

    Here is the back of the coop, once you go through the gate. There is a pan for dust baths, peat flooring, more food, and we added a covered shelf to the left to hold water and a bucket of scratch. The two white doors are for two separate runs. We thought they might defoliate the area more than they actually do :)


    A mailbox...because the ladies need a place to receive all their fan mail :)


    This is the outlet to shovel the bedding out of the coop. We are using a deep bedding method that seems to be doing really well for us so far.

    A pic from the other side of the coop where you can see both runs. To the left is the garden. The far run is planted with chicken lettuce (which is still growing, even after our recent cold snaps)

    There you have it! When we build the big coop, this will either be a place for DD's doves or a quarantine facility or both.

    Hope you enjoyed the tour :)
  3. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
    Nice coop!
  4. dogfish7

    dogfish7 In the Brooder

    Dec 13, 2014
    Hoodsport, WA
    Real nice![​IMG]
  5. RonP

    RonP Crowing

  6. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Songster

    Aug 28, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    My Coop
    Wow. I love those nesting boxes! The whole set up is adorable and workable at the same time.
  7. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Songster

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    That is one fancy coop. High class chickens.[​IMG]
  8. skunknchatter

    skunknchatter Songster

    Aug 19, 2007
    Northern Utah
    Totally agree that all chickens need a chandelier!

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