Chicken Coop

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Project by dpow posted 07-01-2012 02:44 AM 2920 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know! It’s just a chicken coop! I wanted to jump into the “Backyard Chicken Craze”. You know, raise some chicks, watch ‘em grow, lay some eggs, hear them cluck, free fertilizer, etc. Well, I love to build, and this project was alot of fun. I used the design as you build method which I thought turned out okay but turned out more expensive than planned. If I have it figured right, it will only take about 17 years of collecting “free” eggs to re”coop” my cost of building materials, chicks, feed, etc. The size of the building is 4’ x 8’, with 3 nesting boxes hanging out the side. There is a small section at the end approx 18” x 48” for garden tools and storage. The fenced in chicken-run is 4’ high x 6’ wide x 10’ long. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop in for breakfast – eggs of course. If the girls don’t lay any eggs, then stop in for some soup – chicken noodle of course. Now it’s time to get back to a serious project like maybe a Morris chair, or a cedar stripped kayak, or a custom made tool tote, or a…....... ???? Thanks for taking a look.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 07-01-2012 02:53 AM

Now THAT made me smile! Nice job!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#2 posted 07-01-2012 03:09 AM

That is a serious project. You can’t work if you ain’t eatin’! ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 07-01-2012 05:18 AM

Nice looking chicken Palace.
There is no way to compete on price of eggs with the store, however you will notice the difference in home grown eggs. We have no problem selling extra eggs to our friends and that helps pay for the food. I like to turn my chickens loose so they can clean up bugs and weeds in the whole yard however their scratching can be destructive some times. Here in Western Oregon we don’t have much snow so when the garden is finished in the Fall they get free run of it all day long. They always return to the roost at dark. But over the years I have lost some to hawks and coyotes. By the way I don’t see a way to close up the chicken’s entrance. Raccoons, possums, and foxes will dig under your fenced day yard and kill your chickens if they can. I use a sliding door that I open and close every morning and evening. There are some motorized units that work on timers you can add too if you can’t do it manually yourself. You don’t really need that ramp except for young chicks.

Another suggestion for populating the Palace. Instead of buying day old chicks by mail or at a feed and pet store, check Craigs List for young hens. People usually sell their extras for about what it would cost you to raise them to that age and you avoid all the problems with keeping young chicks warm and protected. I would not recommend buying any chicken over 9 months old. They only lay productively for 2 to 3 years so if you buy a older hen she may be past her prime production and your food to egg ratio will drop.
Also at that age they are only good for making soup or tacos. The meat is just too tough for anything else
Don’t make pets of them or they will be around a long time.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 07-01-2012 08:23 AM

Our Daughter came here for visit and knew her Mother wanted some chickens. She found someone on line that were selling alder chick that lived close to us…so they bought 6 and gave them to Mom. Tomorrow I go back to building on the coop. Style is about the same as yours….Fun aren’t they

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 12:38 PM


That is a great coop. You will love having chickens. We’ve had them for many years. Most of the year, ours are running around outside surrounded by a 100’ (I think) moveable electric fence. There is also a moveable structure inside the fence with roosts and nesting boxes, but nothing as nice as yours.

The eggs are amazing. We’ve made some good friends selling and bartering our eggs. My favorite arrangement is that we trade eggs with a local man who makes maple syrup. Some of the trees that he taps are right outside our kitchen window. There is nothing like eating pancakes with our eggs and his syrup. My wife does a lot of baking and the fresh eggs make everything better.

If you keep at least one rooster around, then the fun will never end!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#6 posted 07-01-2012 12:56 PM

Great project! I can’t wait to see a strip kayak built by a tool & die maker… It will be the first round item I’ve ever seen a tool & die maker produce that’s not turned on a lathe. ;-)

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 07-01-2012 01:26 PM

That’s a very pretty chicken palace. Being right next to the garden is a great idea, too. They seem to like grass clippings and garden scraps, and if you let them out they’ll help you garden, too.
Our place is a five acre woods; ticks and bugs abound. We got chickens to police the area around the house and they do a great job. Not only that but the silly things are hilarious to watch. Our coop is all salvage wood like most of what we make, so our girls are ghetto hens…LOL. It has an 8×8x6 divided run for when they have spats and need separate space. Lately one roo has been evicted. Poor guy was perched in a tree near the back porch last night.
Just like you, I loved building the coop and it was a design on the fly as well, since I’d spent months studying them but couldn’t decide on a style. An incident in my neighbor’s coop made me use 1/2 inch welded wire along the bottom two feet of the coop so no grabby lil raccoon could snag hens through the fence; it’ll also keep chicks safely contained. The perches are near the top of the run so they can roost outside at night instead of in the shed. Another neighbor lost his entire flock to the heat two nights back so I think an outdoor roost is a good thing right now.
You do realize you are crossing into another site as well, right? LOL.
They’ll love seeing your coop there as well.

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#8 posted 07-01-2012 02:18 PM


Not only that but the silly things are hilarious to watch.

You have that right! I love to watch when one of them has something large to eat in its mouth. Instead of sneaking off into a corner to eat it, it runs around in a panic screaming with the thing dangling out of its mouth. This of coarse attracts every other chicken. Try throwing some left over spaghetti in there and watch the show!

I grew up in the suburbs and never had chickens as a child. I didn’t know that they were such meat eaters. I expected them to eat things like worms, grubs and bugs. But I was surprised that they catch and eat toads, frogs, snakes, mice, and smaller birds. I am yet to see one actually catch a wild bird, but I’ve seen them eating them. I guess that they sneak up behind the little bird while it is eating.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#9 posted 07-01-2012 02:48 PM

Very nice. Put me on a list of people that would like updates on your adventure.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#10 posted 07-01-2012 04:30 PM

Excellent project! Looks like a keeper.

-- David, Spring Hill, FL -- making projects from recycled pallets

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#11 posted 07-01-2012 06:15 PM

Great Lookin Coop

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 07-02-2012 12:29 AM

Being myself a builder of a Taj Macoop, I took the liberty and showed a picture of your coop to our chickens…...

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Which I interpret to mean:

“Nicely done Doug.”


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#13 posted 07-02-2012 12:32 AM

Wow that’s one cool chicken condo.


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#14 posted 07-02-2012 02:22 AM

Great job on that fantastic looking Chick pad!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#15 posted 07-02-2012 02:39 AM

wheww, can’t let my chickens see this one or I might get pecked. Nice Condo!

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