The Coop Project - finished

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GatsbysGirl, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. GatsbysGirl

    GatsbysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We started our coop with a 5x10 dog kennel and a box. This is what it has evolved into: The base

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    We had leftover lumber from putting a new deck on the house so we figured hey why not

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    We bought a prefab building to use as the actual coop:

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    Then we just cut a small hole in the side:

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    And framed it in:

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    Here is a pic of our supervisor:

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    There are vents on both top corners:

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    Then we insulated and put plywood up on the walls:

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    Hubby built a roost on one wall:

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    Then we built a nesting box out of an old cabinet and some buckets:

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    We then expanded the size of the run to 10X10 and put a tarp on part of it:

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    And for being a wonderful hubby I got him one or maybe a few of these:

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    It's not as cool looking as a lot of your coops but it works for us, is functional and the flock seems to like it. I do let them out during the day to free range when it is nice out. It's been a fun journey. I had chickens as a child and remember raising them and having my favorites but I forgot how much fun they could be. I will continue to add pics of my flock as we grow.
     
  2. urb2165

    urb2165 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everything looks good. I will be interested in learning how you will clean it, with what and how often?
     
  3. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well done. Coops dont have to be fancy just functional. I like the building & i use a dog kennel for my run as well. I like it & knock on wood nothing has been able to get in to my girls so far. Thanks for posting pics [​IMG]
     
  4. GatsbysGirl

    GatsbysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did paint the walls with a washable exterior paint. as well as the floor. The cabinet is coated and the buckets well those are self explanatory. All surfaces are hose washable. I am trying the deep litter method inside.

    Do you have suggestions for me? I'm a little confused as to your question.
     
  5. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. hen101

    hen101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i love it looks really good and your dog is bueatiful lolzz
     
  7. hen101

    hen101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i love your profile pic i have horses and my peacock will sit on the old mare and she dont care at all
     
  8. GatsbysGirl

    GatsbysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've thought of putting something like that down. Basically I have coated greenboard down.
     
  9. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. urb2165

    urb2165 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is that working as a flooring for your coop? Are you using some kind of shavings on the floor? Do you just sweep out the droppings and shavings the add these to your compost pile or garden? Do you disinfect the coop after you remove the droppings and shavings or do you just hose everything down with a mild dertergent? How often do you clean out the coop? I am just wanting to learn all I can before getting into raising 3 or 4 hens.
    I appreciate your advice.
    Thanks
    Rodney[​IMG]
     

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