Welcome to our COOP Photo Gallery
We put our first 3 chicks we had bought for the county fair in our homemade rabbit cage. Our rabbit in the cage next to them didn't seem to mind having them next to him. We had a hot summer and he didn't survive the heat. So we combined the two cages into a duplex since the chicks were beginning to out grow the single rabbit cage.
Cold weather was coming soon and we were getting 3 new chickens in the next few weeks so we searched the web for ideals on chicken coops. We settled on an "A" frame style that was designed to be easily moved around in the yard. Construction work began on the "A" frame and took several weeks with our busy schedule. We used as many scrap pieces of wood we could find around the place on the coop. Roy did an excellent job on constructing the coop without any plans. Well, I'll tell you the truth, it is NOT easily moved around the yard! We have been able to drag it a few feet to fresh grass but it took every muscle we had and some.
Well with our original concept for making "A" frame coops being that they would be easy to move. Since we have discovered that they are not easy to move, we put some deep thought into a solution to this enormous problem. Roy found a way to move them. You take 2 x 6's long enough to span beyond the width of the coop. Lift the coop up and have someone put the 2 x 6's underneath the ends one at a time. Then both of you at the same time push the coop across the 2 x 6's until you get it where you want it. Re-adjust the 2 x 6's as needed to move it further away. This concept works to move it at an angle as well. We have moved all the coops a couple of times. First time was to move them to grassy areas. Second time was too move them away from wet areas to more solid ground. Where there is a will, there is a way. Determination pays off!
Here is the construction our First Coop which is a "A" frame coop:
The girls and the guy love their new coop. They spend the daylight hours down below and at night fall they quickly go up the trap door to their roost. We received our first egg on October 28th from our 1st three hens who were hatched in May. What an exciting day! Misty actually laid her egg in the nesting box. With our non-show Ameraucana hens, we get 2 blue-green eggs and a green-brown egg. Our first 2 show Ameraucana hens are laying a blue egg and a light sky blue egg. Our OEGB BBR are laying the tiny white eggs.
As we began to get ready for our first show, we realized that we needed to separate the cockerel from the pullets as he was really messing up their feathers. So once again, we searched the web for a coop for him that would be smaller. We decided to make a smaller "A" frame coop. We used the same basic design from the original coop. This time we searched through all the spare pieces of supplies we had and the stuff we had to go to the dump. We only had to buy a few items for this coop. Much more cost effective and it cleaned up around the place.
Here is our Traveling coop we made to travel to family since we did not have a chicken sitter. It was August and temps were extremely hot. The chickens would have to be given fresh water several times a day. Now this was an adventure traveling with 3 chickens in the back of our pickup in the August. We made several stops to get more water for them. We will never forget this trip. Our pickup broke down about an 1 1/2 hours away from home. A close friend who had a garage came and got us. He hauled the pickup with 3 chickens and 2 dogs back to his garage in Blackfork. It was a tough day for us all. Anyway here is the traveling coop now converted into the newbie or sickie coop to be in the garage.
Here is the Travel / Newbie / Quarnentine Coop which fit in the bed of a dodge pickup:
When we got the d'Anvers, they spent several weeks in here to keep away from the flock. Once their coop was built out they went into a new "A" frame coop. They love their new home and have so much more space. We raised the coop off the ground using a plastic bent that had a broken bottom. We reinforced it up with wood and attached it to the bottom of this coop. We added OSB to the coop for warmth for the winter. The original design was all wire top and bottom except for the wood supports. Now that we have made travel boxes, this coop will be used for new birds and/or sick bird.
Here is the construction our Second Coop which is a smaller "A" frame coop:
The first two pictures are from the beginning. We finished out the bottom and Rusty stayed in there until we had time to build the doors on the top. Cold weather and rain kept delaying the project. The 2 pictures without tarps are the completed top doors. We did sliding doors verses the swing hinge doors on the first coop. The sliding doors are working much better. We were able to move this one but it was still extremely heavy to move. Rusty seemed content there until we had to move him out into the show boxes for the show in Shawnee. We decided to put the new Cochin Cockerel in this coop. It took him a whole week to decide to go down the ramp on the trap door. He is well adjusted finally. Each coop has a hanging light inside for warmth which they all need right now during snow season. It has been down in the teens overnight this week.
Here is the construction of our Third Coop which is a smaller narrow "A" frame coop:
We have 2 nest boxes in the end. There is a roost in the top. We put a trap door inside on a cable system to close at night. Weather is cold so we have tarps over all the coops and a hanging light for warmth.
Well, by now we are really getting this coop building down and with every new coop comes better design and ideals. We changed the door concept after the first coop to sliding doors. Roy took 2 x4's to make the track by either routering or using a table saw. This took quite a bit of time. So with the third coop the concept changed to using the full 2 x 4 or ripping it slightly smaller and then attaching a small ripped board the full length to build the track. This worked much better. he also changed the roof. The first coop does not have a roof and it leaked when it rained therefore we have to have a tarp over it until we can modify it. The second coop does not yet have the finished roof as the weather has been cold and wet and the other coops were more important to get done. The third and fourth coops have a raised roof with shingles. much better concept. We learn new concepts for different parts of the coop each time we make one. The fourth coops doors are hung differently than the the 2 before and they are more sealed than the others which is great. We still have another coop to build. It is partially made sitting in the garage waiting for better weather as it will have to be completed outside due to it's weight.
Here is the construction of our Fourth Coop which is a longer narrow "A" frame coop:
This coop took some time to complete. The weather kept not cooperating with us when we had the time to work on it. The d'Anvers had to live without a trap door for a week or so until we could not stand it no more getting them in and out of the top and bottom daily. We braved the cold and got the trap door made. A few days later we got insulation and siding put on the coop as a bad snow storm was coming with temps in the teens over night for the week. We had to change the light bulbs out in all coops for this storm to keep the chickens warm at night and keep the tarps down during the day with temps below freezing.
Here is the construction of our Fifth Coop which is another longer narrow "A" frame coop:
Pictures will be coming soon.
Here is the construction of our Show Boxes for traveling:
We made a large show box for the Ameraucana Cockerel "Rusty". We made a show box with center divider for the OEGB pullets "Brownie" and "Chocolate". We made a double (side by side connected) show box for the Ameraucana pullets "Sugar" and "Spice". We made a narrower show box for the OEGB Cockerel "Sparky". We made an extra show box to house some of the ones we would be bringing back from the show. As they were being made and painted, the chickens were going into them in the garage to get used to being in a single house. The night before taking them to the show, we bathed all of them and put them in their show boxes lined up on the hallway so they would fully dry over night and not get a chill. We had to travel 4 1/2 hours to the show.