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Project by Dan posted 03-03-2015 05:16 AM 1618 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After Christmas this year we decided to get some egg laying chickens. This of course meant I got to build a coop!

Bigbox 2×2s and cedar fencing makes up the body. Put together with pocket screws (greatest invention ever), chicken wire, cursing, and hardware cloth. I dadod the coop walls to fit planed fencing in, which was probably more work that it’s worth and I missed a staple so I also gouged a set of planer blades.

The general idea is that the run (larger fenced in area) is a playpen and reasonably safe, but the coop is where they sleep and night and needs to be bulletproof. Chickens metabolism slows down at night and essentially they turn off. The hanging bucket has some watering nipples underneath, and the PVCC tube is the chicken feed.

The chickens are much happier with their home done, and once they get a little bigger we’ll let em roam our fenced in yard unsupervised during the day. A full grown chicken can intimidate a stray cat, but they might get our smaller ones (~8 weeks old) right now.





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#1 posted 03-03-2015 01:05 PM

Looks great

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 03-03-2015 07:50 PM

somedays I miss our chickens, you did a great design I dig it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 03-03-2015 08:29 PM

Thanks! The chickens are pretty fun so far, we’re already pretty attached.

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#4 posted 03-03-2015 09:16 PM

Looks nice.

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#5 posted 03-03-2015 10:11 PM

Being a chicken isn’t easy, but owning them isnt either so god bless costco for a deal on both eggs and bird : )

Ive owned them and would love to have that whole experience again but life changes and the chickens had to go but I miss the lifestyle of fresh eggs, and the sounds of the rooster when the fox got in the barn, little weasel and rat and before ya know it all the kids and wife are up and its just a lifestyle of not being in a hurry and that i miss never : ) ok maybe some times but Im not there yet : ))

sarcasm intended as no one told me that chicken crap is like space glue and their little beaks can take down a garden faster then a cloud of locust, and they are for the most part one dumb ass animal that tastes good, and gives eggs, and lays a turd where ever it wants, and that turd is a can of beans that most folk shouldnt open as its a very fast learning curve, thats a lot of fun when kids are small

Thats a very nice coop you made, and reminds me of my own as it showed a few things to me. You do nice work, it functions well, and Im guessing you love some one more then you love those chickens. Its a good lesson to teach people and even yourself, no one does it anymore which to me is sad and then again, Im ok with costco right now, as are my kids, they saw the egg hatch, and were born to the world of wonderment, what a gift to give a child

I might get chickens this summer at costco again

thanks for the memories

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 03-04-2015 12:12 AM

My mom will love one of those, as she used to have chickens in the backyard but we had to sell them, to make room for the wood we use in the workshop.
i had to make one of those and get some chickens!

thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 03-04-2015 12:27 AM

my mother would shoot me

and if she missed

my Dad would shoot me

if I dropped that off at their door

its what taught them how to survive 65 years of marriage

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 03-04-2015 12:50 AM

if you add enough chicken shit to anyones life

it changes a mans perspective, as does his childs

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 03-04-2015 01:47 AM

Nice proyect. Congratulations

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#10 posted 03-04-2015 06:07 PM

Looks great.
I’m not sure what you night time temperatures are at night but all that open vent area may create a cold draft. You might consider some way to close it off at night and during storms.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 03-04-2015 06:43 PM

Thanks for the comments and kind words. I guess chickens bring up memories for a lot of folks.


Looks great.
I m not sure what you night time temperatures are at night but all that open vent area may create a cold draft. You might consider some way to close it off at night and during storms.

- LesB

This is a point of concern. We live in Phoenix (Tempe technically) and our summers are brutal. A lot of people in the area use misters to keep chickens from overheating in the summer so I was pretty paranoid about the coop. The winters are mild (high of 75 today), but I have thought of putting a reed covering or something over the cloth to keep it dry. It’s rained a few times though and I’ve checked the coop and it seems to stay dry so we’ll see.

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