Small coop design

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by samuraidave, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. samuraidave

    samuraidave New Egg

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    So my kids wanted some chickens and so I looked online and behold, this amazing site was there for me to learn all I needed. Good job guys.

    So a bit of background. I live in the UK and have a good size garden (for the UK) and wanted a small coop for a couple of chickens. After a bit of reading and also looking at coops for sale locally I decided that I wanted to make one myself.

    I got all the stuff from a local DIY store and cost in total about £130.

    All the wood is pressure treated and should last for years.

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    I did take pics of the build but they are on my phone. I set out the plan for it so that it would make the most of the space available. The chickens free range every day so the space is not too much of an issue.

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    A bit of string on the door so I can open and close it from outside.

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    All painted to aid cleaning.

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    The floor is thin plywood and slides out so it can be cleaned properly.

    The roof section is lift off again to ease cleaning.

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    Clear plastic in the top section.

    Top tip though, I should have stuck on the roofing felt with glue not screwing it on.

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    My children are really helping!

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    I have had my chickens now for about 3 months and they are both laying 1 egg each day. They are very friendly and always want to come into my house. They appear happy and love to roam around the garden eating everything they can get there beaks on.

    The only problem that I have encountered is that water comes under the door when the wind blows. I have sorted this by adding wood to the bottom of the door so it overhangs the floor and also ran a bead of sealant on the floor to stop the water.

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    My cat may look like it wants to eat the chicken but it has never happened. In fact all the cats that came into the garden before we got the chickens now dont. The chickens rule the roost.


    Please let me know what you think and be gentle with me.
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2010
  2. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Very cute coop and very cute helpers!
     
  3. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the pink flowery wellies are my favorite part! Sooooo Cute!
     
  4. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice work.
     
  5. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks nice. [​IMG]
     

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