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xrockfordf150x
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Chicken coop build with lots of pics
Hello fellow outdoorsmen. For the last 4 years the misses an I have been wanting to start raising chickens. Me being the over engineerer that I am, kept putting it off until I could build a proper structure. I'm not a fan of big box store coops, nor did I want to just throw something flimsy and unasthetic together in a hurry. For those of a similar disposition I wanted to share my build.

First mistake. We bought these chick's before the coop was built. I figured buying the chicks would encourage me to work faster. It did, but I had to cut a few corners to finish in time. We kept these girls (Lavender Orpingtons, barred rock, and dominiques) in their brooder for around four weeks. By the end, they had outgrown their home and were in much need of more space.

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We have 12 chicks. The Dominiques and Barred Rocks were pullets (female) and the lavender orpingtons were straight run only (male and female mixed). We purchased extra to compensate for the inevitable rooster or two. Still, we wanted to make sure we had plenty of space for all 12 and any future additions to our flock in the coming years. I decided on a 6x8 foot print for the coop at 6' tall on the high side and 4' on the low. It's raised about 2 feet off the ground to provide shade in the run for summer as well as somewhere to hide from predators.

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Yes you are looking at over $100 in OSB. Baller status confirmed.

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We decided on a lean to design because to me, that style, looks like a chicken coop. Also the roof is much easier to Engineer.

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After the framing was installed it was time to mount the external nest box. Will make life much easier when it comes to collecting eggs. Just a 3/4 plywood shell with dividers ever 16 inches. The orpingtons need a little extra space as they are a large breed.

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Final stage of framing, the roof. There is roughly a 1 foot overhang around the whole structure. I built the roof size to match the length and with of my metal roofing panels so no fabricating would be needed. In hind sight I would have chosen a different metal roof set up, but this one works fine.

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I'm not going to say much about the siding other than the current prices are insane ($40/sheet). One flaw to the design was that I ended up with a decent amount of scrap siding due to the height of tall wall. The final dimension was 6X8 so 2 sheets were needed. I also needed an extra sheet on the front and back to make up the extra 2 feet in height.

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I used some metal roofing material I found in stocks at my local Stein to clad the roof. In hindsight the pitch was too steep (1:3). It made installing the roofing very difficult and looks a little too steep aesthetically. The idea was to make the tall wall 6' and the short wall 4' so an adult could stand up while working inside the coop. We also added flashing tape and the same roofing material to cover the nest box which can be opened in place.

Image: https://i.imgur.com/zUawXw8.jpg


I added 2 18" square windows to each side. I built these out of acrylic sandwiched between 2 1x2 frames. I then glued some trim to them to make them look nice. The windows are hinged and can open completely for extra summer ventilation. Also the eves of the coop are clad in hardware cloth to keep preditors out but allow for ventilation even with the windows closed.

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The girls were excited for their new home. We left them locked in the coop for 2 days before letting them out to roam. It was to train them that this coop was now their home.

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Finally a fresh coat of paint and my wallet and weekends could breathe a sigh of relief. And yes the tall side looks like a robot face.

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Girls are getting much bigger. Also one of the Dominique turned out to be an Easter egger. Good luck.

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This post was edited on 4/23 at 2:27 am


Penn
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
Good shit


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Beessnax
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Your coop just replaced the Yeti cup as the poster child for over-engineering. Good job!


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LSUCouyon
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
Looks great!
I wish I had a place out in the country to raise chickens and ducks. We always had them until moving to NOLa at 13.


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Splackavellie
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
If you don’t mind, what’s the total cost on the structure? Came out looking great.


ChenierauTigre
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
Beautiful set up with your garden too. Very nice. Hope you like eggs.


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bbvdd
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
That’s gotta be close to $10,000 worth of wood in that thing.

OP. I built ours as well, one thing I did was to put a linoleum floor down so the clean out is much easier.

You have four nesting boxes. You’ll be excited to know that all twelve will use one. Maybe two.

The coop really does look great. Chickens are fun to watch.


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Sus-Scrofa
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
Do y’all have kids or grandkids? If yes, I look forward to your post the day they ask for a tree house.


TigerCael
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
OP, I couldn't help but notice in your pictures that it looks like you used regular deck screws to hold the joists to the four legs of the coop. It'll probably be fine, but you might want to put a couple of lag bolts in each corner since deck screws aren't rated to hold any kind of load. I've seen screws shear in that situation a couple of times, and I'd hate for your coop to be ruined.

The coop and garden are beautiful, dude. You're living my dream right now.


*Nevermind, looks like you added lag bolts later, in the pictures where it's painted. That's what I get for not looking closely at all the pictures
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Mizooag94
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
Your coop looks remarkable like mine.... :)

It looks like the roost is near the height of the egg boxes. You might find that chickens will sleep in the boxes and of course poop in them. You might consider raising the roost and putting a poop deck underneath to make cleaning easier...either way, nice build.


No Colors
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Your lumber bill for the project is roughly what I paid for my first house.


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Sidicous
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
Looks very very good.

I would've used some concrete to keep termites and rot out of the footings and add some years of life to the coop. Can always go back and dig out around each one and pour some one at a time though.

Outstanding work though.


pdubya76
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That’s awesome !


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dstone12
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Get you a glass egg.



I found a snake trying to leave my coop but he couldn’t get out due to the glass egg.


You have tk check them regularly.
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bayoudude
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
Very nice work. Makes my chickens look like they live in the desire housing projects.


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MasterJSchroeder
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Bravo Sir


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oleyeller
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
Looks good bro! Had 10-12 birds for 4yrs now. Mine free range, and go to coop at night. I just kake sure to lock them up at dark so coons/fox/opossum dont get in. Nothing like fresh eggs, they are so funmy to watch too


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Dock Holiday
Member since Sep 2015
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
That looks fantastic, and glad to see someone overbuild more than me. We fond some old pallets and used the wood from it for the walls, roof, and flooring, used treated lumber for the framing. We made ours into a kids/family project, they did the painting and drilling, I did the designing and cutting.

Everything wants to kill a chicken, stray dogs, coons, yotes, fox, hawks, owls, possum, etc... and snakes love eggs.

Coop training is a must and an auto-closing door to secure them at night has saved my chickens. Have gotten foxes and yotes on camera inspecting the coop at night, and have live trapped a few coons next the coop.
Killed a large rat snake last summer that was in a nest box and had eaten a wooden egg we keep in the boxes.

Good luck


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Chad504boy
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does the coop have wifi and laptops?


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xrockfordf150x
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re: Chicken coop build with lots of pics
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If you don’t mind, what’s the total cost on the structure? Came out looking great.




Of course I used the build as an excuse to buy a few tools on my wish list, so the total price was inflated. If I only consider the lumber, paint, and hardware we're around $1800-$2000


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