Chicken coop

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Project by deerslayer_13 posted 12-10-2011 09:13 PM 2290 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this chicken coop for some friends for their backyard farm and garden. The roof is hinged and gives access to the inside for cleaning, also the hen box roof is hinged for access to collecting eggs. I installed a rod across the inside for a roost about 24” off the floor. And the coop itself is raised off the ground so the hens can hide out in the shade. The pen is fully enclosed with chicken wire and has an access door on the front. This was a fun build, next I want to build a colonial chicken coop….

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 09:38 PM

what no chickens? maybe it needs a for rent sign, housing in exchange for eggs! very cool nice looking coop, wish I could have chickens here, city won’t allow. how many birds do you think would be comfortable in there?

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 10:11 PM

Thats really a neat lookiing coop. Great job!!

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 12:11 AM

Nice design, looks like a good home. Great job on that. Bet they are thrilled…...............

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 02:15 AM

Extreme birdhouse, chicken style? ;)

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 02:17 AM

First class what lucky chickens.

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 04:50 AM

Very Nice. I just have a big dog lot with a chicken coup in it.

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 05:08 AM

Thats a chickin coop condo! all it needs is a pool! i like. u building from plans are shootn from the hip.


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#8 posted 12-11-2011 08:38 AM

Nice build. The nest box lid is a nice touch.

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#9 posted 12-11-2011 09:45 AM

Very nice! How many chooks do you want to accommodate in it?

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#10 posted 12-11-2011 09:47 AM

I hope my daughter-in-law does not see this, it is just what she want for Christmas. Very nice build.

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#11 posted 12-11-2011 07:54 PM

Nice work – would love to see interior pix if you have them

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#12 posted 12-11-2011 08:29 PM

Good looking coop. Well built.

Being a chicken person myself I have a couple of additions to suggest.
First, a way to close the door on the chicken ramp to secure it at night against critters like raccoons. It is a terrible experience to come out and find all your chickens dead. Raccoons and foxes will tunnel under the fencing to get in. There are even some motorized doors that work on timers so you don’t have to remember to close them up at night.

Second, for some people it is nice to be able to move the coop around the garden to help spread the manure and allow the chickens fresh areas to find bugs, seeds, and weeds to eat. Some sort of wheel barrow addition is good.

Third, is wiring so morning and evening lighting can be added. Chickens lay best when they get about 15 hours of light each day so adding a timer and lights in the AM and PM during the winter keeps the eggs coming at a steady pace. Just a small CFC light is enough light, so the electricity used is minimal. Of course in very cold climates it can also be used for a heat lamp.

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#13 posted 12-12-2011 04:15 AM

This was my second coop build, from my own plans. It fits about 8 chickens pretty cozy, right now there are 11 young hens living there….too many for me. The pen is located on the side of the house in a fenced in garden area and the chickens get to free range for most of the day. I had thought about putting on a door to the hen house, but in this area of Arizona, there aren’t too many critters to be worried about other than the neighbors cats. Wiring is an option, mainly for some additional light, but also for a fan, too many AZ hens get baked in their own houses! A fan should help when it hits 120 degrees this next summer.

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