Building a Coop

Since early last year we’ve shared chickens with another family a couple of miles away. 3 of the 8 chickens are ours: one Australorp and two Araucanas. The quality of the eggs is remarkable, even compared to organic free range eggs from the store. It’s been a great way to learn about keeping backyard chickens.

Our enthusiasm convinced one of our neighbors to start her own chicken co-op, sharing the cost and labor of keeping the chickens with us and another family. We have one chicken in this flock: a Speckled Sussex.

This time we were able to participate in the whole experience from the very beginning, including the building of a coop. It wasn’t too difficult but, as usual, it took longer than expected. We spent 4 or 5 weekends working on it, until everything was complete. Thank goodness one of our neighbors owns a nail gun – it makes framing so easy it almost feels like cheating.

We’re very happy with the way the coop turned out. And the chickens seem to agree.

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Breaking ground in our neighbor’s front yard

 

 

 

 

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A layer of mesh underneath the coop deters rats

 

 

 

 

 

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Finished foundation

 

 

 

 

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Framing the coop

 

 

 

 

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Painted framing and beginnings of the hen house

 

 

 

 

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Openings are cut right into the plywood wall

 

 

 

 

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Finishing touches

 

 

 

 

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Coop is complete and ready for its occupants

 

 

 

 

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Happy chickens – that’s what it’s all about

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