Second-floor chicken coop in my barn

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by vermontgal, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    My second floor chicken coop is nearly done. I just don't have space anywhere in the winter at the ground level. My city has a winter parking ban, so all the cars have to be parked in the driveway all winter. I have a small lot, and it snows a lot here, so that by the end of the winter my entire yard is 5' high in snow, with shoveling the drive and the walk, and having the snow slide off the roof. So, the chicken coop needed to go on the second floor of the barn.

    I posted here a few months ago asking for advice, and received some helpful feedback. So, here is how it turned out.

    I decided to cut two new windows in the south corner of the 110-year-old barn. I was able to reuse historical windows from elsewhere in the house/barn. I have yet to finish adding the trim, but I think it will look pretty good.

    I constructed a 4x5 coop in the corner. I laid new 3/8" plywood on top of the old barn floor, and put linoleum over that. Pretty much all of the materials for the coop are reused. Since it is inside the barn, it doesn't have to be weather tight - there is a roof overhead! It is well-insulated and air-sealed, however.

    To let the chickens in and out, I left one pane out of the lower window. I constructed a removable chicken ladder that I only put up to let the girls in or out. The ladder comes down at night, and the barn get locked up.


  2. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    thats really cool and creative.....good work
  3. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    That's very creative!
  4. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2008
    Very nice. And I love the barrel nest box!
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    That slays me!![​IMG]... they all jump up onto that ladder and climb into the barn window?
  6. hinky toes

    hinky toes Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 1, 2008
    Bozeman, MT
    WOW! That is super cool!
  7. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    That is really very nice and also funny to see chickens going up that high, you did a great job.
  8. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I was thinking about this some more, and wonder do you have something to close that open window at night? Since it's a barn you could attract a winged predator like possibly an owl?
  9. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I'm in awe!!!
  10. Lee

    Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Marion County, IN
    How innovative. The picture taken behind the hen going down the cleated board made my stomach quiver (afraid of heights), but it is nothing for a chicken. Very nice old barn. Is it post & beam?


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