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Urban Farm Girl's Chicken Coop

  • July 5, 2017

MarciaR
MarciaR
MarciaR
MarciaR

A few years ago, I set a goal for myself to learn how to do “stuff” that was out of my comfort range. I live in a large city, in a very large state, but grew up in a small rural town in the North East. After 28+ years in a stressful career, I decided to bring a bit of my childhood back into my urban lifestyle. I started out with organic gardening, building deep garden beds for carrots and potatoes, beds with trellises for my vining plants as well as beds for my flowers. After having gardening success, I decided to try a new project. I always loved animals and now with my commitment to being an "urban farm girl", I decided to raise backyard chickens. My first coop was a prefab but soon I got the building itch and decided to build the girls a new home. No super special tools were needed. This was my first “big” project and I was a bit nervous because I was building mostly on my own. The framing was fairly easy; I used a measuring tape, chalk line, level, circular saw, and battery-operated screwdriver. I did have to ask for help holding the framing sides while I screwed them together and when lifting up the poly-carbonate roof panels. I did not have any previous carpentry experience so the hardest part was leveling the ground and making sure I measured accurately before I screwed anything together. The finishing work wasn't hard but it took the most time because I wanted everything to look just right. My Silkies seem happy in their new "coop-dominium". I enjoy watching them free range when I'm home and best of all I get to tell all my friends that my pets make me breakfast!

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  • Wow, awesome job on your first big project! The chickens must love their "coop-dominium"!
    By RYOBI Nation, on July 14, 2017
    • Thank you!
      By MarciaR, on July 15, 2017

  • This truly inspires me to want to build one myself such a great job and beautiful work.
    By shannonc70, on July 15, 2017
    • Thank you! It was a project out of love for my small flock(3) of silkies.
      By MarciaR, on July 15, 2017

  • Love it! It makes me want to get some chickens!
    By Queeneuclid, on July 15, 2017

  • I am amazed, it is beautiful and I bet your chickens are super happy <3
    By KimRocha, on July 15, 2017

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Urban Farm Girl's Chicken Coop

by MarciaR
Jul 05, 2017

A few years ago, I set a goal for myself to learn how to do “stuff” that was out of my comfort range. I live in a large city, in a very large state, but grew up in a small rural town in the North East. After 28+ years in a stressful career, I decided to bring a bit of my childhood back into my urban lifestyle. I started out with organic gardening, building deep garden beds for carrots and potatoes, beds with trellises for my vining plants as well as beds for my flowers. After having gardening success, I decided to try a new project. I always loved animals and now with my commitment to being an "urban farm girl", I decided to raise backyard chickens. My first coop was a prefab but soon I got the building itch and decided to build the girls a new home. No super special tools were needed. This was my first “big” project and I was a bit nervous because I was building mostly on my own. The framing was fairly easy; I used a measuring tape, chalk line, level, circular saw, and battery-operated screwdriver. I did have to ask for help holding the framing sides while I screwed them together and when lifting up the poly-carbonate roof panels. I did not have any previous carpentry experience so the hardest part was leveling the ground and making sure I measured accurately before I screwed anything together. The finishing work wasn't hard but it took the most time because I wanted everything to look just right. My Silkies seem happy in their new "coop-dominium". I enjoy watching them free range when I'm home and best of all I get to tell all my friends that my pets make me breakfast!