Coop DeVille

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Project by oracle410 posted 04-19-2013 09:39 AM 1993 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife and I got married two years ago, we lived in a third floor apartment. She had always wanted chickens but the bath tub was the only place to put them at our current residence so, we decided to wait…

We bought a house in late December last year and as soon as she could she ordered 5 tiny chicks and immediately I was given the task of designing their home. I’m an VP at a local sign company – now for an executive I do a lot of hands on work, that’s how it is in the small business world, as I’m sure all of you know. So I drew up the plans and let me wife make the necessary changes to benefit the birds.

We went and got the lumber and started. I took about 5 weeks of working on the weekends only to complete it. As soon as my wife chooses a color we will paint it up and trim it, I’ll upload pics of that as soon as it’s TOTALLY complete.

The framing is basically 4 pressure treated posts with exterior plywood for the exterior walls. The windows are framed with 2×4’s (3.5” face against the exterior wall) there is rigid foam insulation on each wall, covered with a plastic vapor barrier. Then the 1/4” sanded plywood interior walls went up. The floor is CDX braced by (2) 2×4 cross beams. All of the assembly was done with deck screws (3.5”, 2.5” and 1.625”)

The roof has ice and water shield laid on the CDX and then traditionally shingled like a house.

I’d love to know what you guys think!

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 12:47 PM

Looks good so far. Seeing all of the wooded area around your house, I fear, coyotes or weasels etc seeking out a chicken dinner some day. Hopefully this is secure enough.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 12:59 PM

Man! I think even I could live there! I look spectacular. Very nice design and excellent work. It made me want have some chickens too

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 04-19-2013 01:19 PM

From an apartment to what appears to be beautiful farm country! What a difference!

Nice coop too :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 04-19-2013 02:15 PM

Nice work, looks great! Not bad for a VP LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 04-19-2013 03:16 PM

First off, welcome to Lumberjocks. It looks like you have already fit into this crew nicely :). I really like the design you and your wife decided on. If those birds don’t give you extra large eggs and lots of them they need to become Sunday dinner :). It appears that they will have plenty of space to roam. From apartment to country, nice move.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 04-19-2013 04:40 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 04-19-2013 05:30 PM

Nice work.
The only thing I would suggest is some sort of mobile set up (wheels) so you can move it around from place to place on all that grass I see in the picture. Chickens will manicure and fertilize the grass as it is moved. If you have a vegetable garden put them in it in the fall and they will clean up bugs, weed seeds, and leave it fertilized.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 04-19-2013 05:58 PM

Nice design. That looks well thought out.

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#9 posted 04-20-2013 12:12 PM

Looks good. The “ladies” (what the hens at our place are known as) will love it. Chickens are fun. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#10 posted 04-20-2013 03:29 PM

Great looking coop, and I second LesB’s recommendation. Now I will have to make sure the wife does not
see this, or I will be making one. Thank you for sharing and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 04-21-2013 01:58 AM

Love the design I was talking to my wife about getting some chickens when I was over surgery. You just gave me the inspiration to do it might borrow your design if that’s ok welcome to lumberjocks

-- Bryant north carolina

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 09:58 PM

Thanks Guys! Feel free to borrow the design – If you message me your email I will send you the measured out drawings that I started with.

We do have a “portable coop” more of a pen really – we are going to have them fertilize the raised beds etc.

I added a door to the end of the run, because leaning into the coop and trying to grab the chickens wasn’t fun the first few night, when they didn’t understand how to go up the ladder. They go up when it gets dark now, so it’s much easier. If I can upload more pictures I will add some of the painted coop and the “people door” on the run.

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