A second story for the girls.

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Project by jack1 posted 08-16-2011 05:56 AM 2009 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were down to 4 Rhode Island Reds and so decided to get 8 more girls this spring (6 Barred Rocks and a couple more Rhodes). They are beginning to lay eggs. It was turning into a feathered traffic jam with only the original 3 boxes and 12 birds. I saw a need for a second story.

I put a steep (9:12) pitch on the top this time to discourage them from sitting on top and making a mess. Each box has a 14”x15” floor area with ample head room on both levels. The addition is made of left over maple plywood for the roof and sides, 1/4” luan plywood for the dividers and poplar strips to cover the plywood edges. I used pocket screws, glue and brads to assemble the unit.

Hope they use it as much as the old one was used!

Thanks for looking.



-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 08-16-2011 06:13 AM

I don’t know Jack… It looks like it’s for the Birds to me… LOL

Good addition (remodel)...

I guess the ratio is 2 birds to 1 nest?

Do you collect 12 eggs a day?

Nice going!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 08:02 AM

I love the barred rocks. they are just nice ladies. your girls are going to love their new digs.


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#3 posted 08-16-2011 11:29 AM

LOL, nice addition for the girls. As a city slicker, I don’t know much about any of that. Blondie however, grew up on a Dairy Farm in Upstate New York. She knows all about eggs….. Well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 02:14 PM

The girls will enjoy your woodworking. Nice job, Jack.Post another photo later with all the girls in there!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 02:30 PM

Do you have a pic or plan of the full setup? My wife has been wanting some and we can have six in the town we live in.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 02:32 PM

glad you added boxes. Hens need time & privacy of a box to lay their eggs without stress. i’m sure this will make them a bit happier. Good project.

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#7 posted 08-16-2011 03:03 PM

Looks good! I like Chicken coops! :)

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#8 posted 08-16-2011 04:23 PM

My grandmother would place a chalk egg in each nest (nest egg). She said it drew the hens to the nest. Also reminds me of my Uncle Ben, who headed to the chicken house one night after hearing a commotion out there. With shotgun and flashlight in hand he busted through the door expecting to kill that blasted fox that had been killing his chickens (good plan). What he found instead was an angry Skunk, who had a better aim than my uncle.

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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#9 posted 08-16-2011 04:31 PM


way to go jack

let the girls
live in style

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 08-16-2011 05:00 PM

Nice room addition. I’m going to steal the sloped top. My wife can’t stand having them roost on top of the nesting boxes. I think, she thinks, she’s going to get pecked when she collects the eggs, not to mention the nasty mess.
We have 37 hens laying now with 10 boxes. I will find almost all the eggs in two to four boxes each day, and not always the same boxes from day to day. Just like the rest of life, I can’t figure out the ladies.

derosa: I don’t think there is any standard plan or perfect coop. Just use what fits your number of birds and local. Six hens won’t need much coop space or nesting area. Two, maybe three boxes at most! Truth be told, you could probably get by with one, but you may find a ground egg occasionally. Just a couple of roosting bars, a secure fenced area from neighbor pets and wild predators and a small coop and you should be in business. Note one nice feature of Jack’s coop. His water supply is off the ground. Saves a ton of cleanup and nasty water. Chickens are dirty, no way around it. It is easy to get used to and the fresh eggs more than make up for the mess. If you garden the leftovers are fabulous for that too. Fresh droppings can burn the plants if they are put on too heavy. Just my 2 cents. Good luck, you’ll love having some chickens around.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 08-16-2011 05:28 PM

From the last picture, it looks to me like the girls approve!
Nice job Jack!

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#12 posted 08-16-2011 06:31 PM

I would like to have a small group of chickens… primarily for the eggs…

I've been planning on making this one... Looks COOL to me...

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 08-17-2011 12:09 AM

Thanks for all the comments. Joe, I’ve seen that one and another like it somewheres. The only thing that would bother me is having to get down so low so often. It is a beauty though.
DeRosa, build something that won’t fall apart in the winter and can be made airy in the summer.
By the way, I have my coop in my other projects as well as other chicken stuff… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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