6x8 Reclaimed Chicken Coop
What says spring like chickens!
Our chicken coop! Six nesting boxes, home to twenty-four chicks, natural roosts and made from left over collected wood sitting around the property! This scrap coop was my first project of this size and I was able to use up all the leftover 2x3, 4x4 pressure treated and odd dimension wood I had collected over the last year.
Having never seen a coop or raised chickens before I had to depend on my wife and the internet to come up with my designs. I stumbled through some of it but focused on keeping it tight and sealing everything so no unwelcome visitors would find their way in. Additionally, I put up deer fencing around the "run" and tented the whole thing so no hawks could make an easy meal of our hens. The building was my doing, the painting was my wife. Along with the pink and purple motif she painted the door in chalkboard so all the hens breed and names could be listed.
Some parts I'm especially proud of are; the chicken door close and stay open with the same latch, there are vents on either side are secure with sliders I fashioned on the fly, the door was build from scratch using old garden boxes and hinges from on old computer cabinet, the nesting box has a pressure latch that will prevent any scavengers from opening it and stealing eggs, the floor is sealed with silicon and weatherproof paint for easy cleaning, I hung the window upside down so if the window is unlatched it will stay closed, and it was the first time I have ever built stairs from scratch.
I had a lot of fun with this project and used almost every Ryobi one plus tool available. Our chickens seem very happy and most of all my wife is very happy, I'd say that's a spring wish come true!
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