Chicken Coop Construction

Frame and Roof Truss

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The coop stands on four 4×4 posts, each of which is in a two foot deep hole. Here we are starting to frame in the floor. The boards above my head are temporary – used to keep the posts from shifting until the walls are in place.

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In this photo you can see the area around the chicken coop: an old barn to the left (mostly covered in trees), blackberry bushes and concord grape vines to the immediate right, and a fenced in garden to the far right.

Nest Boxes and Sub-Run

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My dad is putting in the wall with the nest boxes in it. It took some clever planning, but the nest boxes were all cut out of a single sheet of plywood.

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There is a trapdoor (which we usually leave open) to allow the chickens to get under the coop. My dad is installing a small door and some wire mesh to keep the chickens in and the predators out. Notice that the back wall is on a hinge – this is really helpful when we need to clean out the coop.

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Nest box doors! The chickens climb into the nest boxes from inside of the coop, but these doors let us easily collect the eggs from the outside.

Finished Coop

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Finished coop with the doors closed.

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Finished coop with the doors open.

Four Years Later

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Now we have 12 chickens, mostly Rhode Island Reds At most we’ve had 32 chickens, from a variety of breeds, including Ameraucana , Barred Plymouth Rocks, and White Leghorns.

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Much of the foliage has grown back in around the coop now, and the chickens make paths through the grass and under the grape vines. There is a fenced in chicken run that is about 50′ by 150′ around the coop.

Videos

A time-lapse video that my dad made during the construction of the coop.

A tour of the chicken coop, taken in July of 2015, four years after construction.

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