Building the Coop
I am writing this post many moons after we built this coop, so I am sure to leave out much and make this project appear simple. However, do not be fooled. It was a blustery February. It was my first stab at building anything of size. We were pressed for time as our hens would arrive in weeks. And the complexity of the coop grew. Even though mom and I intended to build this ourselves, our husbands deserve major kudos! No way would we have finished this on time…nor would it be square! I will mention we built this for right around $1,000 which is much less than a pre-fab coop of this size sells for.
Of course after you have the plans on paper, you need to enlist some help! We began by building the floor and walls in the comfort of the barn.
We are using treated lumber. Here are the 4 walls. The coop has a man-size door on the front, two windows, a poop door for easy cleaning, and an exterior nesting box. It’s coming along nicely.
Joe dug the post holes with his 3-point auger. I can’t believe I didn’t get a still shot of that! We built the base in the barn then Joe used his tractor to lift and place it. Again, where are the still shots?! We set the 4×4 posts in quickcrete and dug a 2′ foot trench all around the run. When we added the hardware cloth (not chicken wire) we buried it in the trench to keep the predators from digging under the fence. It has worked!
My sister, Lisa, took on the task of installing vinyl flooring. This makes clean up a breeze! Just scrape and hose it out lickety-split!
Ta-da! And it doubles as a tornado shelter! Just kidding. It is really stable.