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Whew! Winter coop/run is finished

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by elmo, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's my new winter coop with attached run for our flock of five Serama hybrids:

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    Because of the clear roof, it does get warm inside on sunny days, so I won't be using this coop except during winter. It cools off gradually through the night, so by morning it isn't any warmer in there than it is outdoors (but at least I know that there are no drafts). I may add a wee bit of supplemental heat in the form of a red lightbulb on our coldest nights.

    Humidity is fine so far (there's a wireless temperature/humidity gauge there on the wall). I put sand on the coop floor, and there's a boot tray under the roost that I clean off every morning. You can't see it from this picture, but there's a pop door on the wall opposite the roost with a sliding inner door and a hinged outer door that leads to the run. You also can't see the covers for the front vent, because I have them open. I can close one or both sides of the vent. There's also a similar vent under the eave on the opposite wall.

    Here's a picture showing how the front wall opens up for cleaning. That's Pokey, thinking about whether she wants to lay her egg in the indoor nestbox, or in the one kept outdoors in the run (she finally decided on the indoor one).

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  2. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    Congratulations! It looks very nice!
     
  3. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

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    congrats, looks great! love the idea of the boot tray!
     
  4. augustmomx2

    augustmomx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice [​IMG] I love how the doors open nice & wide for easy cleaning....hmm...something else to mention to dh when building another coop [​IMG]
     
  5. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great, would you please post a picture of the roof.
    Thanks
     
  6. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a good look'n coop, Elmo. I love the roof.
     
  7. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
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    Wow what a wonderful looking coop.
     
  8. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    That really looks great! Did you use foam board insulation...the walls look pretty thick??? I like the idea of the clear roof to take advantage of the sun in the colder months. Seems like you could just tarp it or whatever and still use it when it gets hot again???
     
  10. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How's this?

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    It's made from Suntuf panels, framed, then attached to the coop base on four posts. I had a devil of a time covering up the triangular spaces on the sides, though, because I won't use a power saw (I am attached to my fingers and want them to stay that way).
     

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