Chicken coop

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Project by JimmyS posted 01-24-2017 12:47 AM 1545 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this coop a couple years ago. It was my first “building” project. It is still standing, dry and holds 20 birds. I made three boxes, but they only seem to use two for some reason (I have seen three in one box with the other two boxes empty). Probably where the saying bird brains comes from:)

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 12:52 AM

Nice coop. Seems small for 20 birds, but I guess if they come outside every day she it doesn’t matter. My chickens do the same thing. I made 4 nest boxes for 10 birds, but they only use one nest. Occasionally they will change which nest they use.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 02:04 AM

I had a huge coop we called coop #3! It had 24 nesting boxes. And as you discovered only a few of the boxes would be used. One time I went out there during the laying frenzy and would see bird sitting on top of each other claiming that box when there would be an empty box right next to it. Go figure! Chickens are a funny group of critters. I had over 300 chickens at once for a few years. I was in a foul mood all day! ;o) okay you can moan! I hope to never have that many again. Nice looking coop and for your first build I would say very impressive! Excellent job!!~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 02:17 AM

Thanks. The coop is a little small for our growing flock but there is plenty of space for them to roost at night which is the only time they are in there.

300 chickens, that’s a lot of eggs.

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 03:21 AM

Very nice coop build. We have 26 ladies and our coop is 12’ X 6’....what size is yours?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 01-24-2017 03:50 AM

I agree 300 chickens were way to much for me! I delivered to a health food store because I don’t feed my chickens corn or soy. The eggs were in high demand. I am currently down in chickens and hoping to get back up to around 50. Out here I lose a lot of chickens to the protected Coopers Hawks! Sometimes a skunk will get to a chicken that doesn’t go back into the coop at night. I rarely lose a chicken to a mountain lion or bob cat. I used to lose a chicken to coyotes but I finally made it so the fencing around the entire property is so they can’t dig under it. A lot of work goes into keeping poultry as you probably already know!
You made a very nice coop! I think though, you must have had some kind of wood working experience before that build, it looks very well made! My first coop was out of pallets screwed together covered with wood to stop the rain and wind, and I made a flip up door! I did a lot of crawling on my hands and knees collecting eggs. Creative times.
You have very lucky chickens! ~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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#6 posted 01-24-2017 07:30 PM

Thanks for the remarks, the coop is 4×8. It wasnt my first project it was my first outside building project. Most of the other stuff i have made in my life is furniture.

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#7 posted 01-24-2017 07:46 PM

Now the chickens will be cookin’ with gas. You did a great job on this coop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 01-25-2017 06:02 PM

I like that red-white colouring.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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