chicken ark

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Project by plastercat posted 03-17-2011 09:52 PM 4086 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is one of my chicken arks, i’ve made a few of these now also a version without the wire mesh run, i don’t keep chickens myself but certainly enjoyed making these homes for them. total length approx 8’ long x 3’ high & 3’ wide (ie: 30 degree angles all round), the sleeping area is approx 30” although all the lengths are easily varied depending on individual requirements and whatever timber lengths you have available, all the other components remain the same regardless, the interior floor is just a sheet of osb board or whatever timber boards i have knocking around at the time and i usually supply the ark with a perch made up like a plate rack with either dowels or rounded batons fitted into 2 ends. i have also sold some as rabbit homes too although be sure not to use tanalised timber in case they decide to try and chew their way out.

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 10:01 PM

Nice! I’m tempted to keep a few chickens but I think the cats would terrorize them.

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 10:21 PM

Look very nice and neat.
I like it.

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 11:34 PM

Looks good. Nice design too with those handles. I’ve got a few chickens. I keep mine in the freezer though. :)

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#4 posted 03-18-2011 12:47 AM

Great job!

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#5 posted 03-18-2011 01:42 AM

Great design : )

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#6 posted 03-18-2011 03:52 AM

I’m thinking about starting raising chickens. This little coup looks perfect. How do you have the interior set up with roosts for the chickens? Also, what are the dimensions for this neat project?

TIA, Don

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#7 posted 03-18-2011 06:54 PM

That is a nice design for two to 4 chickens in a small back yard. Chicken raising has become the latest urban rage. Some sort of shade from the hot sun is necessary with your design. If the users have raccoons in their area they should make sure they can secure them in the coop at night. Raccoons will dig under a fence to get them.

I have chickens; in a much bigger coop with a large fenced outside run. In the winter when my vegetable garden is dormant they are allowed to run loose in the afternoon. That way they lay their eggs in the AM and clean up bugs and weed seeds in the garden in the afternoon and return to the coop at night without herding them in. Turning them loose does have it’s hazards.They will scratch up plant roots, make dust baths where ever they find dry soil, poop where ever, and occasionally a hawk or in my rural area a coyote or fox gets one for lunch.

Anyway, I have to chuckle because I know in a few years there are going to be millions of old “pet” chickens in urban America because all those “city” folks won’t be able to dispose of them. They will form an attachment as chickens can be quite personable. They can live to be 15 or more but usually stop laying very many eggs after 3 or so. I usually replace of mine after 2 or 3 years and about the only thing they are good for by then is chicken broth or tough stew meat.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-19-2011 07:49 PM

Glad to see someone involved with backyard chickens. Chicken arks are great if you only have a few birds. I have had chickens in the past, New Hampshires and Black Langshans, and they were an interesting hobby. You do have to look after them every day (water and eggs) and you must be aware of predators. Even so I think it is very rewarding.

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