Our Chickens and Their Coop: A Pictorial Essay
May 25, 2011 by autonomyacres
Welcome back everyone! This is a post I have been waiting to write for a long time. As mentioned in an earlier post, we have finally got chickens!! On April 12 we picked up our day old chicks from a farm store and kept them in our house in a giant Rubbermaid container under a red heat lamp. In the last month I have worked my ass off to finish building their coop, and if I do say so myself, it turned out pretty freakin’ awesome! A few things to note on the materials used in the construction – ALL the lumber used was salvaged and recycled wood! Most of it came from my place of employment; crating, pallets, and various other pieces of industrial lumber. Some of the 2×4’s came from a dentist office that was being remodeled, the shingles were given to me from a neighbor, and the tar paper and drip edge were left over from previous home improvement projects. Things I did purchase – hinges for the doors, eye bolts and latches, chicken wire, and really good Dutch Boy paint. Screws and nails that were used get filed under overhead cost of running an urban homestead, and my time is free! Anyways, here are the pictures – Enjoy!!
Here is the original box I started with over a year ago. The hole was cut out for the nesting box and an access door installed on the left side.
The rafters for the roof are installed, and the nesting box is built.
A close up of the nesting box.
Here is the inside of the nesting box.
The heavy duty, 1/2 inch roof has been put on.
Galvanized drip edge is nailed on to the perimeter of the roof.
Here is tar paper on the roof of the coop, left over from the re-roofing of our house.
Shingles from my neighbor installed on the roof and the nesting box.
Three veiws of the chickens door in and out of the coop. Think of a draw bridge on a castle, it is raised and lowered by a rope run through a few salvaged eye bolts.
Here are the posts that will become the foundation for the chicken run. In the background you can see our greenhouse on the left, and on the right part of our rain catchment system.
Here is the privacy fence for chickens, made entirely out of salvaged crating!
This is the human access door to the coop - used for cleaning and upkeep of the coop.
Salvaged linoleum on the floor of the coop. This should make for easy clean up and the occasional spraying out of the coop.
The finished, painted coop!