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Why did the chicken cross the road? (new coop build)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ankhdad, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Ankhdad

    Ankhdad Chirping

    Jun 28, 2014
    Thunder Bay, ON
    When we moved out of town to the country, my wife said we should get something for out new country lifestyle. Great idea I thought, ATV, snow machine maybe....nope, "We should get chickens"!
    Ummm, OK, neat idea, but we are going to need a coop!
    A friend suggested a great site for chicken lovers, BACKYARD CHICKENS. I was very pleased at the amount of info on here and all the different coop ideas. After doing some reading and over thinking too much, I drew out some design ideas and got started.
    Our 11 new family members went from cute little balls of fluff to raptor looking animals that wanted out!


    Found a good size spot, just had to clear some brush and level it out. (with my helper)


    Base is 4 inches of gravel and 4x4 posts. 10x12, with the run going to about the same
    Frame came along quickly with the help of my best friend ever, my nail gun

    Opening for the nests

    Poop chute for easy cleaning

    Vents, on both sides.

    with doors and primer


    corrugated roof which will drain into a water collection system

    Inside has been insulated and painted white for that clean look...until the kids thought that a little color would be nice.



    I'm using the deep litter method. Currently about 5-6 inches of pine shavings which I mix up every few days
    Roosts are sitting above a product called Stall Dry. It's used in horse stalls to help keep moisture down. Looks and feels like kitty litter. The girls roost and do 'their thing' and I just use a scoop and it cleans up in minutes. AND no smell!

    Moved the girls in a couple weeks later but they stayed inside while I worked on the run


    Had some chain link fence around so I used it in the run and then buried it. Built the frame with PVC pipe and wrapped it in more chain link fence. Deer fencing was put over top to keep the birds away.

    Girls getting ready to head out for the first time. I built a work/storage area which can be decreased in size down the road if we get more chickens


    So why did the chicken(s) cross the road...? To get to
    THE OTHER SIDE Hotel and Day Spa

    not bad for my first 'bird house'. *Many thanks to my friend Roland.
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  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    Super looking build you did there. I am sure they are very happy little chickens.
    I had to say I understood and laughed a bit at the "A.D.D." comment you have.
  3. Alabama Jack

    Alabama Jack Songster

    Oct 26, 2014
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Very nice! Love the interior art and the outside sign looks professional!
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Great job. Love it all.
  5. JanetS

    JanetS Songster

    Jun 22, 2012
    What a great coop and run!! You should have very happy chickens.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    THAT is a beautiful coop!! Nice and big!!

    Very well thought out...and the humor is delicious....The Other Side<chuckles>
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
  7. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Songster

    Jul 13, 2013
    SW Kansas
    Lovely coop, and welcome to BYC

  8. Ankhdad

    Ankhdad Chirping

    Jun 28, 2014
    Thunder Bay, ON
    Thanks all.
    Chickens are loving it from what I can tell...just had our first egg tonight.
  9. little buddy

    little buddy Chirping

    Jun 25, 2014
    That is one amazing coop!

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