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(it may be ugly, but it is raccoon proof and the parts were free)
(Here are our NEW CHICKENS! Click here for the whole story! )
First thing I did was to design my coop. I looked at a ton of great examples and took the ideas I liked best. Here are some of the plans if you are interested: http://www.nifty-stuff.com/gallery/coop
Start framing the main part of the chicken coop (hen house).
Build the chicken run and “frame” that the hen house will sit on / into.
Finish framing the hen house and add the siding to the sides that won’t be accessible once on the frame:
Finish adding the siding, add the floor (temporary 1×9 slats until I finish the hinged floor), add the doors (two pieces of plywood) and the roof (corrugated metal sheets)
Add the door locks (gate latch and homemade latch). The gate latch holds both sides closed when latched. The top homemade latch secures both doors VERY tightly, but when it is in the open position it allows both doors to open.
Add a guillotine style door to section off the house from the run. I created a frame that the door would slide in. Here are the pics of the door open and closed. See the string that goes to a handle that allows me to open and close the door from the front of the house. Also build the world’s most ghetto feeder (made from two different sized plastic peanut butter jars, a large plastic jar, some A/C conduit, and the chick feeder… oh, and LOTS of duct tape! This thing is ugly, but works BEAUTIFULLY!
Add a ramp for the chicks to go from the run to the house easily. In this picture you can see the frame I built for the door to slide in.
Here are all the happy campers… er… um chickens!
Stuff I have to build:
Outside nest boxes
Hinged floor in the coop for easy cleaning
- Rebuild roof over the run for better water drainage.
I decided to keep the nest boxes inside. I was afraid that after going to the trouble of building the boxes externally that the chickens wouldn’t use them (too high, too low, etc.) Instead I built the following two story box. This will allow them to be low or high and I can remove it if necessary. I also added a new all natural roost!
Here are our NEW CHICKENS! Click here for the whole story!
Somebody on BYC asked that people show their eye sore chicken coops and I reluctantly posted mine. This one was built out of scrap wood on hand and meant to be a temporary coop until I built my DREAM coop. Well, that was 5 years ago!
My problem are:
1) It “functions” fine… it’s just as ugly as all get out.
2) With all the new chicken coop designs posted on BYC I get more and more ideas of what my coop should look like and do. I want it to be perfect in every way, so I become paralyzed and don’t do anything.
3) I could just buy a great looking coop or pay someone to build it, but I really want the satisfaction of doing it myself.
Some day I will build the perfect coop… some day!!!
You can also ask coop questions in the chicken coop section of the forum.