Plans for a new small double coop. Any suggestions WELCOME!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Msbear, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    I have a bantam mottled trio and a Japanese black tail trio coming and need to make a small coop with run for each. Boy, it's difficult keeping all these birds separated. We have them in different coops with their own runs and run doors for differentiating free ranging.. aaaahh

    Anyways, this is what I was thinkin. Somewhat like my cart coop [​IMG]but double sized and runs opposite. It would measure 12x4 total. We came across a bunch more barn wood free to good home so that is the exterior. I wanted to do deep litter but I've seen this area flood a bit before so the coops will be 18" up. (only once in 5 years and only 6" or so of water)

    I was thinking of giving the chickies access to under the coop too but now Im thinking that may be the perfect place to make a nest...right out of my reach!!
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    The back would have barnwood doors and the front would be removable wood windows. The rough opening would be lined with screen for spring - fall.

    Is there a way I could configure this to take up less room? Each coop will be 3x5 with a 4x4 run. I don't have a lot of land and am limited on space. My hubby let me have three and it has quickly grown to 14!!! I know he'll be much happier if their presence is a bit understated [​IMG]
     
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  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey I just love the cart coop!
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Does this need to be mobile or could it be fixed? Asking because if you want to save a bit of space, I wonder whether you might do some sort of double-decker type deal. For instance one 3' high coop stacked on top of the other, with runs on opposite sides. Or alternatively, make them both over top of their own runs, like 3' tall so it would not be too prohibitively awful for you to go under there to clean, retrieve mislaid eggs, etc.

    Good luck, cute coop btw [​IMG],

    Pat
     
  4. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    Great Idea!! patandchickens!! That way it would be like chicken condos. They are going to be elavated and fixed. I could build over top of the runs and have a little extra sticking out on both sides:) I'll ponder that for awhile:)
     
  5. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    Thanks Morelcabin. I draw the designs and just hand them over to Rus and he puts it together. We've made so many pieces of furniture and other crafts like this. He has a knack for making it exact to the plans and he knows how picky I can be so he gets it right the first time... or nobodys happy!

    Patandchickens [​IMG] I did add another foot to the elevation of the coop making it a full 2 ft. so if I HAD to get under there, I could. It also gave the chickens an extra 2ft. x 5ft. of scratchin room.

    My hubby and I found the pressure treated posts for the bottom pillars on craigslist today and we're starting construction this weekend. I saw a torn down barn back in the weeds too. Im talking with the owner to see if we can salvage the standing seam roof for the coop and runs.
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