yet another new chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jenjscott, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    Here are some pics of my new chicken coop. I wanted something easy to maintain, well ventilated (Arkansas hot hot summers) and not to shabby looking. I decided on a 1/2 inch hardware cloth floor 2 ft above the ground for easy cleanout.


    Here is DH finishing tacking in the hardware cloth

    It can be closed up, but the intent was that the run be secure enough that it wouldn't have to be. Coop is 8 ft x 8 ft, the front is 4 feet and the back is 3 feet. Here is the front, back and one side framed. You can see the dog kennel panels that will become the pen, it is 30 feet by 20 feet. 1 inch chick wire was layed and tacked to the ground, running 8 inches up the panels and fastened with pig rings.
    The two strand electric fence was installed. The entire run is covered with fingerling seine.


    Here's another view of the framing from the front. I he ever going to finish that tacking?


    I didn't get enough pictures as it went up. Exterior is exterior T&G plywood. Roof is Aluminum. Both sides have a 2 ftx4 ft downward opening door that will drop completely open to allow for access to inside the coop. Front window covered in hardware cloth, as well as the ventilation between the rafters on the roof. 2 ft overhang front and back. Front opening chicken door. The back has two 2 ft doors that swing open to allow access to the nest boxes that will be installed (hopefully before the chickens start laying). A third door in the back will open to a small 2ft x 2 ft closet from the outside for storage. Perches, (I know, they're round, but the chickens don't seem to mind, they're pretty big) run from front to back along one side. The drop door on the other side has a feeder built in using plywood and gutter material.



    A view from the side looking through both openings. The panel leaning against the side is the door for the side opening.


    Here's one of the guys that started it all.


    And here's the flock on the porch waiting for the flood waters to subside. 40 8 wk old red star sex-link.


    I will add more pics shortly so you can see the almost completed version. Still have a few details to work on. I designed the coop and was slowly putting it together, but if DH and a friend had not donated a weekend to the project, I'd still be way behind.
  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Looks like a great start!!! [​IMG]
  3. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    Looks like it should be plenty stout. Taking pictures as you go has alwas been harder for me than the project itself. I usually end up with a pictere of a foundation, then the floor . . . . . then one a few years later when it needs painting again. Keep up the good work!
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    OK, a few more pictures, this one of the feeder built into the drop down side door, a removable chain lets it open to about 45 degrees, and you can pour the feed in.


    On the other side of the coop are the removable roosts.


    Red sex link poulet at 3 months


    Here's the run and coop as seen from the house. As you can see, I still have some of my construction stuff in place. That netting is really ugly, but if offers protection from hawks. and a lot of shade.

  5. steven11788

    steven11788 Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
    hickory Nc
    not FAIR.. i wanna build a new coop NOW.. lol great job, makes mine look like houses compared to your mansion [​IMG]
  6. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Thats real chicen ranch, from an obvious craftsman.
  7. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    Sweeeeet. I want one too.
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Great job... and beautiful red should have eggs before long!
  9. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Songster

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
    What a great Coop! [​IMG]I like how it sits up above ground~~~is that because of flooding?

    You really know what you are doing. How long did it take you to build it??

    I think the netting is a great idea, too.
  10. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Awesome! I'm glad to see what a fellow Arkie is doing! [​IMG] We are drawing out plans for coop #2 right now, as well as a turkey yard, and my husband and I were just discussing the fact that we're not NEARLY as concerned about keeping birds warm in the winter as we are about keeping them cool the OTHER 2/3 of the year. Thanks for sharing this.

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