Our homamade coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SteveAntilles, May 27, 2008.

  1. SteveAntilles

    SteveAntilles Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is the coop my wife and I built with some help from our friends.
    It's a 2x2 frame with real wood siding for the walls, there are 2 roosts inside, and a light for when the night start getting cold.
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    With the sign my wife made:
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    Finally with the run attached. It's 8' long and fully enclose with plastic chicken wire (flooring too). We later attached a layer of metal wire to the outside after something tried to chew through.
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    The chickens love it, and sleep on the roosts or in the nest box. It's 4' x 3 1/2' and only has 6 chickens living in it. We leave the doors open during the day so they can wander the fenced yard, and they come in when it starts getting dark and we close her up for the night.
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Very cute coop! Snug and tight - I like the decorations too.

    Was going to suggest covering that plastic fencing with something more substantial but then saw that you already did that [​IMG]
     
  3. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    Soooo Cute!!!


    I am wondering how old chickens are & what kind?

    I am asking this because it is a bit tight for 6 chickens! ((unless they are bantams))

    you could put a cover over your run so they can access in any weather (that would give you more living space!
     
  4. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    Very nice! I love the chicken decor. Perfect. [​IMG]
     
  5. SteveAntilles

    SteveAntilles Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:We have a Jersey Giant, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 1 barred Rock, 1 Light Brahma, and 1 White Silkie. The coop is actually 3 x 4, so that's 12 square feet in the coop alone. 2 feet per bird is what I read is best for free range chickens. Plus the 3 x 8 run, that's another 24 feet. They spend the day outside, and only use the coop at night and in the morning.

    The best part is, the run is half under the roof, and half under a bunch od cedar trees so it stays completely covered year round.
     
  6. SteveAntilles

    SteveAntilles Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a picture of the chickens next to the coop so you can see the scale of it.
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  7. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

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    That is fantastic! Love it!
     
  8. msrma7670

    msrma7670 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow you did a great job I like your coop alot!!!
     
  9. curliet

    curliet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice little coop, snug and cozy. I like the rooster art work too.
     
  10. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    With chickens free ranging during the day, I think you will be O.K.!

    To get square feet:
    3x4=12 then divide by 4

    so 4 goes into 12, 3 times (you can fit 3 chickens)

    Chicken needs:
    4 square feet in coop & 8 square feet outside
     

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