Farmer Brown's Chicken Coop

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Project by Gabe C. posted 03-09-2012 08:27 PM 3971 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So about three weeks ago, my brother-in-law Dave called me up to ask if I could help him build a chicken coop in his and my sister’s backyard. I said “Sure!”, and after loading up a lot of tools and heading over there every couple of days, we just finished it today. It certainly turned out to be a bigger project than any of us had expected, but I think it came out really nice.

Some of the things that I am particularly proud of are the gable vents and the verticle sliding chicken run door, all of which I put some thought to and built them in my garage. Also the windows were a quick and fun part of the project. Another thing that I want to point out, because I thought it was a nice touch, is that the unpainted wood lining the insides of the windows is salvaged from a barn that was over a hundred years old that was taken down a year or so ago.

Dave is ALREADY a handy guy, but he learned quite a bit on this project, building the run and the ramp in particular, as well as working with me on everything else. Now if he would only get his OWN darn speed square and tool pouches…

Carpenter Gabe

Farmer Dave

Also my sister Jenna did a great job doing all the painting, something I personally hate to spend any time doing.
There is a little bit of touch up to do, and the downspouts on the gutters (Yeah, this coop has GUTTERS!), but it’s pretty much done.
All in all it was a very fun and satisfying project…and they have told me that I can have all the eggs I want.
Any questions and comments are welcome. Thanks for checking it out!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#1 posted 03-09-2012 08:34 PM

that’s quite the build
looks like a ticket booth at the fair

with a couple of rubes standing in line

i hate to tell you
somebody ate all the chickens

looks like your eggs are in the mail too
i don’t see any of them either lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 08:35 PM

Firstt class.
I bet your sister could rent that out.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 08:48 PM

David, there ARE a couple of rubes in some of those pictures. Good eye!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 08:50 PM

Les, she probably could! I think the big challenge is going to be keeping Dave’s ten year old son from using it as a clubhouse.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 09:02 PM

Looks straight out of Foghorn Leghorn! OK I just dated myself.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 09:03 PM

Gabe, That is one fine looking chicken coop. Maybe once Dave buys him soom tools, He can send all of these chickens to your house and store his tool in the coop. I would assume there is a chicken roost within the coop, where the chicken set during the night. And in time, and just under this assumed roost will a fine collection of chicken poop. Did your design include an easy method of getting rid of this collection. It can be a nasty job depending upon the number of chicken and the time the job was done last. It appears that fences are too close to build some kind of roll out floor that will allow good ole Dave to roll it out, shovel it clean, roll it back in. But like I said before that is a fine looking coop and bet there are not very many around that look this good. Kudos to Jenna for the paint job. Maybe you could make a copy of my song on YouTube.COM called, “I used to be a chicken thief” and play it to the chickens so that they will lay better. LOL

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 09:29 PM

Very nice!
I hope my wife doesn’t see this… She’d want one just like this, only bigger for her 25-30 chickens.

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 09:35 PM

Gabe, that’s more of a “Chicken Palace”, then a chicken coop!
Nice work !

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#9 posted 03-09-2012 09:36 PM

We do have a roost inside it. For the poop problem my wife is creating a poop hammock. It is basically what it sounds like, a hammock that hangs under the roost to catch all the chicken poop that we can easily remove and clean.

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#10 posted 03-09-2012 10:13 PM

Thanks guys!
Hey Dave, long time no see!

Heh heh, Duane, my policy with the chicken droppings…NOT my problem…heh heh. Actually, as the structure of the project was my area of knowledge, it was pretty much Jenna and Dave that provided what we needed to know for accommodation of the chickens. Thank you for the kind words.

Woodwrecker, it is a bit of a palace, actually. Dare I say it…spoiled chickens?

It was a very satisfying project, and after giving it a little thought…I think it’s because this is more along the lines of what I typically do for a living. This finer woodworking (boxes, bits of furniture, etc.) is a lot of new stuff for me.
And now that Dave’s here…maybe for him too. Time to buy some tools, Dave!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 10:24 PM

Duane, that was a fine song. Nice Job! Thank you for sharing!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#12 posted 03-10-2012 12:25 AM

Wow, the only thing missing is satellite TV and and an AC unit!

Nice Job!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 03-10-2012 12:49 AM

I like it. That’s something I look forward to when i leave the military is keeping hens. I miss the fresh eggs. Used to keep Rhode Island Reds and Comets.

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#14 posted 03-10-2012 02:56 AM

Ha ha, Lew, thanks! (...those chickens will probably get cable before I do.) And Dave will probably figure something out with the AC…these midwestern summers can be brutal at times.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#15 posted 03-10-2012 03:02 AM

Nicest one I have ever seen

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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