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Diamondindykin
Mar. 15, 2012, 11:52 AM
Since I kind of highjacked the Egg Prices thread I decided to start another one about chicken coops since I am trying to convince my husband to build me one. I want to see what kind of coops that other COTHer's have so please.....show me your coops :)

myalter1
Mar. 15, 2012, 12:36 PM
i just have one of those prefab ones you can buy. We built a pen onto it that's 6 feet high, by maybe 4-5 wide with a tin roof. There's a door on one end, so the chickens can come down the ramp in to the pen. Then, when on the days the get to free range,i just open the door. Will see if i have an accessible pic - might be on Facebook though.

myalter1
Mar. 15, 2012, 12:38 PM
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2276985774901&l=d824e47f11

That's the pen. I don't have a pic of the coop...but you know, it's one of those ones you can order from McMurray or buy at any shed dealer..

eponacelt
Mar. 15, 2012, 12:55 PM
Our Porsche "Coop" 912:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2332742921377.2138624.1333915056&type=3&l=0469dcec45

Diamondindykin
Mar. 15, 2012, 02:17 PM
Our Porsche "Coop" 912:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2332742921377.2138624.1333915056&type=3&l=0469dcec45

OMG that is so funny!!! Mr. DDK restores cars for a living so we have lots of parts cars laying around. Maybe he would be more likely to build me a coop if I threatened to put chickens in his parts cars :lol:

SmartAlex
Mar. 15, 2012, 02:55 PM
I'll post some of mine when I get home. My husband went a little overboard. It has stall mats on the floor and lights on timers ;)

My mother has one my Dad built over 30 years ago which is just 8 feet square plywood with (if I remember correctly) a corrugated fiberglass roof and two "windows" covered with plastic. The door was a repurposed vintage house door which also has plastic covering the "windows". The ole heap has stood up remarkably well over the years.

kasjordan
Mar. 15, 2012, 03:06 PM
Ours is an old dog coop. We have an 8 foot wire run, put a tin roof over the whole run. We have a dog box for the winter time, cut the wire and attached it to the dog house so it wouldn't take up space inside the run. We have regular old 5 gallon buckets on their side attached to the one wall with straw in them. In the summer, we put a piece of rubber over the entrance to the dog house so we don't have to get down and crawl in there for eggs lol. They go right into the buckets and lay. Not a designer coop by any means but works really well.

JSjumper
Mar. 15, 2012, 03:11 PM
Our Porsche "Coop" 912:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2332742921377.2138624.1333915056&type=3&l=0469dcec45

AHHHmazing! haha :lol::lol::lol:

2DogsFarm
Mar. 15, 2012, 03:29 PM
This one has always been one of my faves from BYC Coop pages:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/maurice-chicken-coop-car

If Mr DDK restores cars maybe this would inspire him to put all those miscellaneous spare parts to a good use ;)

Nes
Mar. 15, 2012, 03:31 PM
I've got a few more pictures, but these are recent:

http://nesfarm.blogspot.com/2012/02/jump-start-on-spring-chores.html

It came with the farm, not something I'd want to pay for building from scratch though :).

You DEFINITELY need chickens!!

Diamondindykin
Mar. 15, 2012, 03:59 PM
This one has always been one of my faves from BYC Coop pages:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/maurice-chicken-coop-car

If Mr DDK restores cars maybe this would inspire him to put all those miscellaneous spare parts to a good use ;)


OMG this is so something he would do.......hmmmm we have an old 57 Chevy parts car that would probably be big enough for something like this :yes: I am going to show him these pictures tonight!!

Diamondindykin
Mar. 15, 2012, 04:00 PM
I've got a few more pictures, but these are recent:

http://nesfarm.blogspot.com/2012/02/jump-start-on-spring-chores.html

It came with the farm, not something I'd want to pay for building from scratch though :).

You DEFINITELY need chickens!!

What a nice big barn...that would be perfect for chickens!! I love the potbellied pigs too.

UrbanHennery
Mar. 15, 2012, 04:41 PM
This is the coop that I built when we lived in the city. It held 4-6 hens most of the time.
http://urbanhennery.com/2006/09/meet-agnes/

This is our current hen shack. It is slowly tipping over, but the hens don't seem to care. And as long as it's upright, it's pretty far down the list of project priorities...
http://urbanhennery.com/2008/09/shack-tacular-finally/

I love the car ones and it has me seriously thinking about watching for a cool old 2-horse trailer that we could use for our next hen shack. Biggest advantage being that it could be mobile.

Diamondindykin
Mar. 15, 2012, 04:51 PM
This is the coop that I built when we lived in the city. It held 4-6 hens most of the time.
http://urbanhennery.com/2006/09/meet-agnes/

This is our current hen shack. It is slowly tipping over, but the hens don't seem to care. And as long as it's upright, it's pretty far down the list of project priorities...
http://urbanhennery.com/2008/09/shack-tacular-finally/

I love the car ones and it has me seriously thinking about watching for a cool old 2-horse trailer that we could use for our next hen shack. Biggest advantage being that it could be mobile.

UH ~ I was looking for something big like your current coop but you know, I really like your first one. I could expand it and make it a bit bigger to handle at least 10 chickens.

Are you showing this year? If so maybe you could give me a Chicken 101 in case I am able to get Mr. DDK to build me a coop?

2DogsFarm
Mar. 15, 2012, 05:10 PM
OMG this is so something he would do.......hmmmm we have an old 57 Chevy parts car that would probably be big enough for something like this :yes: I am going to show him these pictures tonight!!

:eek: 57 CHEVY???
Apparently you have not read Stephen King's Christine....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ5M11m9vI0

oops...my Bad
Christine was a Plymouth Fury

JB
Mar. 15, 2012, 05:13 PM
UrbanHenry, Agnes is beautiful!!!

SmartAlex
Mar. 15, 2012, 07:15 PM
I whipped up a little entry on a blog I use only for posting pictures (instead of photo hosting sites which are blocked at my office). I put explanations as best I could. We are currently between flocks.

http://smartalexphotos.blogspot.com/2012/03/chicken-coop.html

Teacup
Mar. 15, 2012, 08:45 PM
SmartAlex, I can't see the link.

I really like this coop: http://media-cdn6.pinterest.com/upload/204280533067468127_9s5kBGyw_c.jpg and this one is definitely a favorite: http://media-cdn4.pinterest.com/upload/152278031119960573_iOMPKlxF_c.jpg (neither are mine)

I don't have any pictures of mine but it's big enough to walk in which is great.

UrbanHennery
Mar. 15, 2012, 10:47 PM
Diamondindykin - of course I'd be thrilled to talk chicken up in Lynden. And yes, I'll be showing this year on a different horse. We have to go in the big girl divisions!

A friend of mine built a larger coop of the same style - you could make it a bit more weather proof by adding clear plexi panels on the sides during the winter. She keeps hers in Queen Anne with no issues. I think she has 8 hens - she expanded the run slightly last year.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberlymck/sets/72157619812424511/

JB - thanks! She was my favorite hen ever. I had her for nearly 4 years and then lost her to some marauding dogs. :(

SmartAlex
Mar. 16, 2012, 09:58 AM
After seeing some of these cute coops I'm thinking I need more than one. Maybe a whole chicken coop village. :cool:

kari
Mar. 16, 2012, 11:01 AM
Here's mine! It's an old shed that I built and revamped for the peeps. The run was a pain in the a$$ to build, but the hens appreciate it! :D (ignore the cute ducks in the picture. it's not their house)

susanne
Mar. 16, 2012, 11:44 AM
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The fantasy me has an adorable coop designed and painted to look like a gypsy caravan.

The real me has a boring shed-roofed coop that we got free on CraigsList.

Perhaps someday the fantasy me will win.

SmartAlex
Mar. 16, 2012, 03:19 PM
I whipped up a little entry on a blog I use only for posting pictures (instead of photo hosting sites which are blocked at my office). I put explanations as best I could. We are currently between flocks.

http://smartalexphotos.blogspot.com/2012/03/chicken-coop.html


SmartAlex, I can't see the link.

It dawned on me today, that I had set that blog to private. Try it now.

UrbanHennery
Mar. 16, 2012, 10:09 PM
SmartAlex! Now that's a hen house! So jealous.

Mukluk
Mar. 18, 2012, 03:18 AM
My coop utilized the existing covered patio of my rental house. I just made 8' x 4' frames made of 2" x 4" s with 1"x2" wire. The frames are zip tied to the covered patio supports. Chickens have lots of room and a run. That said, they mostly roam around the yard and come home to roost at night. Chickens are so much fun! I got mine in October and hope they will start laying eggs in April!

katyb
Mar. 18, 2012, 09:06 AM
http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i334/jula4me/030.jpg

Mine free range; they are just closed in at night.

http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i334/jula4me/018-1.jpg