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The NYC backyard coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by thebifman, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. thebifman

    thebifman Out Of The Brooder

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    I started this coop & run about the beginning of July. It is an on-going project. Having only a 75' X 100' lot, I built a 4' X 8' coop. The front is 7' high while the rear is 6' high. I am 5'10" tall and have no trouble moving about in the coop. I used 3 large patio blocks that I mortared together for each footing. I framed the floor using pressure treated 2 X 4's and joist hangers. All other framing lumber is 2 X 3's. I used 7/16 OSB board for the sheathing. I used 1 X 3 furring strips for all molding and trim. Basic lumber cost was under $200.00! Next steps will include the hen door and a window and the nest boxes and roost. [​IMG]
    I will post more photos as they become available. I plan on keeping about 6 hens.

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  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Looking good! How do you get away with chickens in NYC? Are you among our underground group or are you allowed some hens in the city?
    Looking forward to seeing the finished product!
     
  3. pharr389

    pharr389 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looking good brother!!
    good job! keep us posted!
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Good job! The shed roof is the easiest, most economical to make, isnt it? My original coop is like yours, but 8x8, now with the addition of 12', it's 8x20. Don't get addicted, LOL!
     
  5. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    Are you planning a run or will they free range??

    Looks great so far!
     
  6. thebifman

    thebifman Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Believe it or not, there is no limit to the number of hens you can keep in NYC. No roosters allowed!! I am in Staten Island, the most rural borough!!
     
  7. thebifman

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    Quote:I do plan on a run since the raccoons and possums (and my Westie) can't be trusted!
     
  8. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    That's surprising for a city that size! But it's great news for chicken lovers. Now if more cities would only follow NY's example!
     
  9. ChicksinBoise

    ChicksinBoise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks good, very well built!

    Just a tiny suggestion, not a big deal. You might think about cutting out the very bottom part of the door for easier cleaning. That way you can just sweep stuff right out the door.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2007
  10. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Hey, thanks for sharing that! Very timely for us as I am designing ours right now. How are you going to address the soffit area? Are you planning to cover it with wood or leave it open with wire covering? I am in maine so I'm thinking I ought to enclose the open soffits (that's the right word, isn't it? The area under the eaves there, between the top of the wall and the roof joists?) so that it stays warmer in winter. What's your plan?
    Stacey
     

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