this is the outside of it. The coop & run back up to my garage & it’s built basically in the veg garden. I plant greens & other chicken food crops along side the run. The top photo is when it was first built. Since then I’ve made garden beds/planters alongside the run. This year I grew kale, collards, chard and sunflowers in there. Whatever I plant there grows really well
You can’t see it from the house or deck … the only thing visible is the door to the run from the house which is where I’m standing in the last photo..
It’s not fancy or all that charming but it’s huge & works very well. Plus can also be a potting/garden shed/greenhouse if I ever get rid of my chickens. It’s well insulated and wired for electricity plus it’s very bright inside & easy to clean. You could easily pour concrete for the floors if you were to convert it to a shed or greenhouse type deal.
I think we spent about $500 building the whole thing … using salvage, windows we found alongside the road, discarded kitchen cabinets for nest boxes, etc.
Once I’m done spending all my money on the house remodel/rebuild/redesign and on proper fencing and whatever else … I would like to put up nice shingle siding or some other facing on the outside of the coop & that side of the garage. Someday :)
Some photos of the inside of my chicken coop.
We used white shower board from a salvage/discount local lumber/home improvement place for the walls and ceiling … I wanted something easy to clean and it also reflects a LOT of light for winter
We made the nest boxes out of some old cabinets we pulled out of the house during the remodel.
I use the deep litter method so the floor is dirt … the run around the coop is huge. That’s plywood under the roosts which I clean out every month or so and the only other maintenance I do is to till up the litter a bit and add another bag when I smell ammonia which tells me it’s time to clean dropping boards and do that little bit of maintenance.
Once a year I do a full clean out, wash down all the walls and ceilings and disinfect a little. Then fill back up with about 8 inches of pine shavings.
Two windows … one facing south and a HUGE one facing east that cranks opens into the run. Both were salvaged from trash along side the road. the huge window is awesome. Insulated and about four feet wide I think at least? HUGE .. .was so happy to find it for free!!! The other one on the south is small and doesn’t open out … it faces outside the run.
I put the plywood on blocks under the feeder so they can’t dig a deep well under the feeder in the litter which would make it hard for them to reach the feeder. My waterer is also on blocks with some concrete patio pavers around it so they can’t dig around it either. There are outlets in the ceiling for lights and a heat lamp. Coop is well-insulated and I don’t use the heat lamp until it gets below 15 degrees or so.
The coop is about 12 x 12 I think. Or 12 x 10. Can’t remember :)
The poor little barred rock in the nest box photo was moulting at the time.
My pullets are growing up :)
Moving Day for my new flock of laying hens. I hope they’re all pullets but definitely not sure if the Bantams are … got two from the straight run bin so dunno.
I have 10 Rhode Island Red pullets, 1 (not real sure) Isa Brown pullet & 2 Bantams that I’ve no idea what they are. Buff Brahma or Sebright maybe.
7 of them are about a week or so older than 6 of the Reds. Today is the day they left the brooder in my wool room & made the big move to their temporary brooding pen & hutch outdoors. Will integrate with my old hens in a month or so.
right now the temporary brooding pen is right next to main chicken run so everyone can see one another/interact thru the wire but the chicks are safe from older birds.