Friday, April 18, 2014




The chicken coop is finished!  Well, almost.  Just a few finishing touches left to do.  Tomorrow, I will start building the detachable run/tractor.  In this video I do an overview of how to build a simple 4' X 4' chicken coop. This coop has enough room for about 4-6 chickens and is build with 3 nesting boxes. The coop is designed with cleaning in mind and will allow the coop to be cleaned by pulling out the bottom collection tray, dumping the waste bedding, and then refilling with new. In part two I will show how I built a detachable chicken tractor chicken run to the coop and in future updates I will add the automatic rain collection watering system, automatic feeder, heating elements, and lighting.  Updated post with plans here




 
 


14 comments :

  1. Thinking of raising a few chickens myself and I also live in Michigan, did you do anything special to winterize the coop?

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  2. Will be putting in a heat lamp on the inside on a temperature controlled outlet, just to keep it about 40 degrees in the coop. I will also be putting some heat tape on the watering system. Will be doing a video on that also probably next week or the week after. Good luck!

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  3. Did you draw up any plans to get your dimensions and bill of materials? I like your design and was wondering if I needed to reverse-engineer it or if you already had some plans you wouldn't mind sharing? I love the small footprint on this coop and the feeder and waterer ideas are brilliant! Thanks!

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    1. You are not the first person to ask so maybe that is something I will do in the future but unfortunately I do not have any official plans at this time. I tried to give dimensions and measurements in the videos so hopefully that will help. Thanks for checking it out and feel free to message me with any questions if you do decide to build it. I don't mind giving you any info you need.

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    2. Thanks! We'll let you know how it goes.

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  4. Hey SSL Dad. I love the videos. I am patterning our coop exactly after yours. We made good progress the first weekend, Got everything framed up and the plywood roof on. This weekend we plan on doing the siding and corrugated roof if weather permits. The chicken run, watering system and feeding system will follow!

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    1. Sounds like a nice coop so far! Glad you were able to get some ideas from ours, it has been working well for us so far. We would love to see pictures if you get a chance post on www.facebook.com/simplesuburbanliving. Good luck getting it put together, you must be in warmer climate than us!

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  5. We're getting our first batch of chicks this week which means I need to get on the ball with the coop construction. I would like to do something similar to yours. Can you give me a rough estimate of a how many hours and dollars you spent on the coop and the run? Thanks and great job on yours!

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    1. Thanks! On the high end I spent about $450 including the coop, run, mobility parts (for the tractor part), watering system, feeder, etc. You could easily spend about half that if you don't make the run mobile and use chicken wire instead of hardware cloth. It took me a couple of days total to build if you added my time together ( I built it over about a month). Hope that helps, thanks for checking it out!

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  6. Is the front wall 4' tall and the sides and back 3' tall

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  7. I would like to build a chicken the same as yours could you tell us the measurements and all that kinda stuff

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  8. what is the measurement of the opening for the slide out tray? Your measurement shows 6 1/2 inches but that seems too big based on the actual pictures.

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  9. How are roof joists attached to front and back walls. Followed plans so far with no problems but not experienced in this step.

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  10. I'm going to be building this over the next couple weeks. Ive been trying to build a materials list based off of your cut list. I wanted to know if maybe you already had a materials list of raw lumber needed to complete the project. Your cut list is AWESOME and I can work with that. If you dont have the materials list I'll try to remember to post it as soon as I complete the project and know everything it needed. Thanks much for this idea. I cant wait to get going on this project.

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