YAY! We got our chickens! Here's the new garage hen house and run:

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SeaChick, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Hooray!!!! On Tuesday we got our chicken permit, finally (it's been since May that Olivia has been working on getting the City Council to allow pet hens...)

    Our hens are:
    Olympia- Black Australorp
    Hazel- Rhode Island Red
    Rita- Red Sex Link
    Vanda- Silver Laced Wyandotte
    Phoebe- Plymouth Barred Rock

    They are almost 19 weeks old and a couple are getting bigger/red combs and wattles. We're eagerly watching for eggs.

    Here is their coop. We built the hen house inside our existing garage. It is fully insulated. Behind the garage is the run. We got this awesome clear plastic corrugated roofing since it is quite dark and shady back there. We also bumped it out past the garage in order to try to get some winter sunshine in there.

    First, framing in the new walls (we used a corner of the existing garage) and insulating all walls and ceiling:

    looking into the garage through the side door, you see the big coop door (and storage shelves for garden/chicken supplies

    Looking in through the big horizontal window that faces the front (car door end) of the garage. Both this window and the big window we cut in the door have 1/2" hardware cloth on them. This window closes and has an extra storm window pane to make it super-insulated, the door has a storm window pane only. The window is also weatherstripped. You can see the roost to the left and the pop-hole straight ahead. it has a sliding door that slides into a track I made of aluminum angle iron.

    Looking in through the big door at the roost and droppings board, and Olivia's mural. The floor of the henhouse as well as the droppings board are covered with linoleum.

    4 of the 5 girls with the mural:

    OK, Now we construct the run. It's framed with 2x4s and 4x4s, and has SunTuf corrugated roofing. 1/2" hardware cloth for the bottom 3', 2x3 fencing above, poultry netting buried 12" deep.


    Finished! Waterless hand cleaner on the door. That nice sand (which only covered about 1/3 of the run) didn't stay clean long, they immediately scratched it into the dirt!


    After they had gotten sufficiently used to the hen house, we opened the sliding door to the run. here they are wondering what's out there:


    And from outside:


    Olivia had to lure them out with a piece of bread... look how happy she looks! She worked HARD for this day:


    Enjoying their freedom:

    We are having an "Open Hen-House" party thie weekend for our supporters, neighbors, and even the city councilors are invited! Yay, chickens!!!!

    Stacey, Neil and Olivia
  2. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Songster

    Aug 16, 2007
    What a beautiful job. Those are some very lucky chickens!! It looks great!!!

  3. TransplantedTexan

    TransplantedTexan Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Bear Creek, Wi
    Your perseverence paid off.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Wow that's nice. Being in your garage and part of the house makes them really family!
  5. Wow all your hard work really paid off that is a great setup for your chickens I love the mural. It is so nice to see that they will have a loving family to tend to them. I really like the idea of using the clear roofing will have to remember that when I build better housing for my silkies.
  6. Nugget

    Nugget Songster

    Sep 2, 2007
    Very nice work! The mural is so cheery
    Your hens should be very happy in their new home
  7. Omeletta

    Omeletta Songster

    Jun 12, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    Very cool! I love the artwork! Alot of chicken lovers have beautiful things in their runs and coops! Great job! [​IMG]
  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    YEAH!!! [​IMG] What lucky chicks! Your daughter looks soooo happy, cutie too! Im glad everything worked out well! Congrats! NICE coop and run too!!
  9. PeiTheCelt

    PeiTheCelt Songster

    Sep 3, 2007
    Central NY
    What a great coop, and it's great you got the council to change it's opinion too!
  10. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Seachick and Olivia, congratulations on getting your girls in YOUR home, and what a really pretty home it is. I'm so happy for you. You've been a big part of this forum in your battle to get approval, and I'm sure many future posters having to fight the same battle will be referred to your website and thread postings.

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