Update on my coop!! Lots of pics

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Agilityscots, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everybody,

    My DH has been working hard to get this coop finished for our girls, who are 5 weeks old and pretty tired of the basement (and I'm tired of cleaning out their waterer 27 times a day...sigh).

    So here they are, pics from the last two weekends. We only have a few odds and ends to tie up, and obviously we have to paint.

    This is a close-up of the coop turned on its side so that my DH could add these wheels; it will be too heavy to push around the yard, but he says he'll be able to tow it back there because of these. I told him they're "wheelie" cool. [​IMG]

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    This is a picture of the roof framing.

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    This is a picture of the shingles going up. You can also see one of the windows, and the back door is open.

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    This is a picture of the front.

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    The roof is now complete, the ends are on, and this is a shot of the back. You can see the little egg door, which DH got carried away with on the trim. [​IMG] And, please note the GIGANTIC hinges. I hate them, but he's the one putting in all the hours, sooo...

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    This is a view in from the back door, with the roost cutting across the center. The roost is removable, thanks to everything I've learned here, and DH installed a bracket on one side to stabilize it so the girls can't just knock it off. You can't see the bracket next to the window.

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    The nest box.

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    And one of the windows from the inside; it was framed on both sides, and the hardware cloth (which is 1/4") is screwed in, then framed in. I think we're going to put up another layer because I'm worried about raccoons being able to chew through this.

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    And a pic of my girls Ruby the BO and Daisy the Dominique, outside today in a dog crate:

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    And that's it! Please let me know what you think! The only thing I'm sad about in regards to this coop is that I should have made it bigger. Ah well, next time...

    Amy
     
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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Nice flooring! My chickens get the dirt [​IMG] they would be jealous of your hens!
     
  3. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL Silkie, it was a remnant of parquet linoleum that my DH picked up for $10! [​IMG] I'm sure my girls would MUCH prefer dirt!
     
  4. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I like it. My only suggestion is to put a piece of wood in front of the nest box to keep the eggs from rolling out. Just like a small 2" piece. Good thing you built a descent sized house....now you can get about 3 or 4 more babies!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a picture of a nest box with a little strip of wood in it, and never realized it was for keeping the eggs from rolling out! (duh!) [​IMG] Thanks so much for that suggestion!

    Unfortunately my coop is only 4x5x7, so we can only have five hens, which is exactly what I have now. Sigh. I should have made it twice that size.

    Amy
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Good work, Amy! I like the black gate hinges, but we never get them since they're so expensive compared to others. And yep, put a nice piece of wood across the front of the nestbox; some of my girls still roll eggs onto the floor because my fronts are not high enough in my original coop.
    I'm close to unveiling a new coop myself in the next couple of days. Stay tuned for that one-this time, all my DH's design. And he got a little fancy, too.
     
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  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Oh ok I just saw the 2 girls in the picture. I thought that was all you had. Pretty girls.
     
  8. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Cynthia; DH has had himself a grand time doing the accessorizing. He's getting a little carried away! LOL

    I can't wait to see your new coop! I'll be watching and waiting for your pics, which are always fantastic.

    Amy
     
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  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Thanks, Amy. We're painting it now between rain showers. When I told DH it didn't have to be fancy (in the planning stages), he said to me, "What if it is??". Then he proceeded to outdo himself on this little breeding coop, just for my Ameraucana trio plus my Speckled Sussex girl I'm going to keep in there with Scout and his two blue pullets.
     
  10. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, husbands...what can you do with them? [​IMG]

    I'm sure it will be gorgeous--can't wait to see!

    Amy
     

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