Chicken Coop #2: Finished

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Blog entry by ardbeg posted 04-14-2010 03:00 AM 1563 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, there may be one or two minor things to do, but this will probably be it for the blog. As I mentioned in #1 this is my first coop and I did the plans myself. All in all it was a fun project and tested my design skills with some of the angles and details.

There is one feature in particular that I am rather happy with; I rabetted the edges of the trim around the chicken door and used them as a pathway for the door to slide open vertically. It is attached via para cord on either side and then goes through a couple of eye bolts to a cleat at the edge. This allows me to open and close the door without having to get into the pen and lift it manually. you can see that best in this pic:
Coop door ciew

Here are some alternate views of the entire coop.

Side view with access door for cleaning, etc:

Side view of nesting box area:

I hope you enjoyed my project. Please feel free to leave comments—I would love to hear what you think.

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 04:23 AM

Looks good. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 04-14-2010 04:43 AM

I have a chicken coop of my own and I wished that i made the eaves hang over longer. Rain has a tendency to defy gravity. Don’t ask me how it does, it just does. I would recommend slats over the ventilating windows. Looks great. Also if you are letting them free range in a pen area, you might want to put some wire around the base. They love to place those brown and white gems in the darndest places! I’ve placed trash cans on their sides and place straw inside them. (They love it!)

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 05:44 AM

can we see the inside? it does look good from outside though.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 01:35 AM

Looks nice sir. I just built one of those myself although it’s not nearly so nice. I put sliding glass window in so I could shut them down for bad weather. Mine’s actually not done yet, it has just a sheet of plywood for a roof right now. My chickens are still a couple of months from laying age and we don’t really get rain in the summer so there’s no hurry.

I too would like to see some pics of the inside.

-- Jason

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