The coop on the hill

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RPClark, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. RPClark

    RPClark Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2016
    Southwest Iowa
    Thought I'd share our coop setup on here. We have one dark brahma rooster and 14 brown egg layers.

    an 8X10 coop with attached 12X12 run. The run is covered over an 8X12 portion to provide some rain cover and shade in the summer.


    Closer look at the run from the south side.


    The birds are confined to the coop and run when we're not at home all day on work days. We keep a few things for the birds to climb on inside the run. The run is covered overhead with welded wire fencing on the portion not covered with the roof. Under the run walls I buried scrap wire mesh fencing to provide a dig barrier for predators. If I had it to do all over again, I'd just lay down wire mesh four feet wide around the run to provide that barrier.


    The outer window is covered with 1/2" wire mesh to discourage raccoons.

    Moving inside


    We have five nesting boxes for 14 layers. The nesting boxes are a roll-away design based on pictures I saw on the net. Boxes are nominally 12X12X12 in size. The floor in each box is slanted forward with a drop of 3.5" over a 12 inch run. The floor of each box is covered with a section of doormat as shown here:


    This grass-like covering is durable and cleans easily with a quick shake.

    The eggs roll down and are collected under the flip-up platform in front of the boxes. The collection point is covered with pine shavings to provide a cushioned landing spot. This area keeps the eggs away from rambunctious birds.



    The roosting bars are on the other side of the coop.


    Yesterday I added a new feature under the roosting bars. I noticed that the hay/straw we use inside the coop gets very matted under the roosting bards and is the largest collection area for their droppings. I don't want the floor rotting out. So I got an old blue tarp, doubled it up, put it down and then secured it with pieces of wood screwed to the floor. I filled this with some sand and will see if I can help keep this area a bit cleaner. The pic here is after just one night.


    The next project is to install a footpath out to the coop. Walking that path several times a day is making a muddy mess. I have a friend with a utility tractor who is going to help by scraping the path and then using a front loader putting down the 12 tons of gravel that the path will take.

    Thanks for looking.
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  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Well thought out build.
  3. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam Still learning Premium Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    Shell Knob, Missouri
    Very cool. I like the roll away box. nice to see how other do it.

  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What hill?
    Just kidding.... lol...looks pretty flat out there!

    Nice setup!!

    Might need more ventilation once summer hits.
  5. Uno

    Uno Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    Auburn Hills
    Wow. That is the best. I love it. :cd
  6. RPClark

    RPClark Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2016
    Southwest Iowa
    Thanks, all.
  7. chicken curious

    chicken curious Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    My Coop
    RPClark, please post where you got the doormat material you're using. THANKS!
  8. RPClark

    RPClark Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2016
    Southwest Iowa
    It's just a welcome mat from the home improvement store.

    Here's a link that shows the type, but not the specific one I bought and cut up:

    Specs call the surface astroturf. I don't know what the classic astroturf was actually like, so can't vouch for what it's called. But it does look like plastic grass material.

    It's held up well and the chickens don't seem to mind it. What I really like is they can't destroy the stuff by scratching and trying to dig on it. It's also somewhat shock absorbent and provides little rolling resistance in the roll-away box.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2017

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