Sunday, November 9, 2014

Our Coop Build

We really appreciate the requests for our coop plans. I cannot express how exciting it has been to receive so many “job well done” comments as well as Facebook shares and Pinterest pins.
 
What we can try to give you is a pictorial plan.
 
My husband is not a carpenter but he is an “if my wife can dream it I can build it” kinda handy man.
 
When we began talking coop, he said draw your vision and we will see what we can do.  Next he said, “You know I’ve never built a dog house, let alone a palace for chickens.” 
All you need is a bit of time and a few tools and you can do anything you put your mind to.
These are my original drawings.  Such an artist.

Let's get down to business:
We began our build in the garage last winter. The floor here is 5' x 4'.
 
  
 To get this outside we took down the four wall "panels" and reassembled in our backyard.
 Originally we began by covering the outside with inexpensive cedar fencing, but soon we realized the need for a good backing so it was off to the hardware store for plywood. Then we applied the fencing over the plywood and added cedar shake accent pieces.
As a side note - that hinged door caused us more irritation than any other part of our build.
 
Now comes the girly part. 
 
Frames from Hobby Lobby make great windows, doors and nesting box entrances.  We pre-drilled and used small screws to attach the frames to our coop. 

 
 
Additional details:
 
Our nesting boxes slide open at the back.  We used two eye bolts and a carabineer to secure each side. 
 
I just had to have something different as the entrance to our run area - can you believe that?  We made over an old farmhouse screen door. Sanded, shortened, applied polyurethane and backed with hardware cloth which also added strength.  
 
 
Our 24 hour chicken buffet:
 
Three baby pig feeders mounted at neck height to our smallest girl.
 
 Della Doolittle says "every run should have a swing," and I agree.