Our first coop.. pictures!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JasonB, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. JasonB

    JasonB New Egg

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    I built this coop for our son who thought it would be cool to raise chickens and gather their eggs. My wife and I figured it would be a good lesson in responsibility, so off we went! [​IMG]

    The coop is 4x8, two story, hen house on top, with a 3' tall run on the bottom, It sits on a frame of 4x4s with 1/2 inch hardware cloth covering the entire bottom of the run and filled with 4 inches of dirt, construction gravel, and play sand. There is also an apron around the outside to deter digging. The run is protected with 1/2 inch hardware cloth and 2x4 welded wire. The coop is painted to match our house and shop.

    I want to thank all of the BYC posters... I read and read (since I basically started out knowing zilch about chickens) a huge number of posts during the construction process and we're still learning as we go along. I also want to give credit to https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=12820-mini-coop, as I used this coop for my inspiration.

    So, here are the pics...[​IMG]

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    The inside set up...
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    The babies first day in the new coop. It's warm here in NC, so we had them out at 4 weeks. We have three black Australorps and three RIRs that we got from TSC during chick weeks.
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    More pics of the chicks... this first one... I'm thinkin' it's a rooster. What does everyone think? It's comb is larger than the other two and it's tail feathers are shorter. Any keen eyes out there spot any other potential roos? [​IMG]

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    Bath time...
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    So thanks again and I would very much welcome any suggestions, comments for improvement, etc.
     
  2. eggburritos

    eggburritos Out Of The Brooder

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    Very nice job! Cute chicks too. [​IMG]
     
  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Extra Nice and Secure! [​IMG]
     
  4. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Beutiful coop and chickens!!! Not sure re gender of #1, you may have to wait a couple of weeks to get a better idea. You can also try to post in the 'Breed/Gender' section to see if someone can give you a better answer. I noticed the 'small roost', I assume it is the temporary roost while they are little. I can't tell if the roosts in the other pic are round or flat. In my opinion/experience (especially if you get cold winters) a flat surface is easier in the feet and if you use a 2x4 with the wide side up the chooks can roost and cover their feet with their feathers when it's cold. You may ned a little ramp to get on the roost....I love the coop, you did a great job!!! Enjoy those chooks, they are addicting [​IMG]
     
  5. emrys

    emrys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even the chickies look like they know how albsoultely cool their little house is.
     
  6. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great! [​IMG]
     
  7. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very pretty coop and will be an asset to your backyard by matching it with your house. Enjoy.
     
  8. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aww how cute is that coop?!! Welcome and enjoy!
     
  9. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    VERY NICE!!! My only suggestion would be to move their food and water outside and under the coop. I would not encourage them to spend any more time than necessary inside the coop. The only time they should be inside is to sleep and lay their eggs. All their eating and drinking should be outside once they are big enough to come and go on their own. [​IMG]
     
  10. Lilacfeather

    Lilacfeather Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, that's wonderful...love it!
     

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