Ultimate Chicken Coop

Ultimate Chicken Coop: Building a Luxurious Chicken Habitat

Crafting a Chicken Oasis: From Ingenious Innovations to Abundant Eggs, a Journey in Backyard Poultry Living

The Big Project: Building a Chicken Coop

Last week, I embarked on an exciting project: building a chicken coop for a family. This wasn’t just any coop—it was the largest one I’ve ever constructed, measuring a whopping 20×20 feet for both the coop and the run. We used a lot of wire fabric to make it rodent-proof and even impervious to burrowing animals. The actual coop, where the chickens nest and roost, measures six feet square.

Overcoming Kit Shortcomings

The owner had initially bought a chicken coop kit from China. While it had some interesting features, like pullout zinc-coated trays for easy cleaning, it was way too small and falling apart quickly. We took the pullout tray idea and made our own, five times larger and sturdier.

Building a Strong Foundation

First, we leveled the ground for the coop and run. To keep out rodents and predators, we laid overlapping layers of wire fabric. On top of this, we placed 12×12 inch pavers, creating an additional security layer around the coop’s perimeter. These pavers also provided a dry, slightly elevated foundation for the structure. The “bowl” formed by the pavers was filled with topsoil from the property, which the chickens loved to scratch through.

A Solid and Secure Structure

We opted for a shed-style roof, matching the profile of another shed on the property. This design simplified the roof construction. The coop and run structure was primarily built from cedar, with oak roosting rods and plywood-like paneling. Every part of the framing was wrapped in 1/4″ wire fabric for added strength, and we added rough cedar trim for extra rigidity and a clean look.

Making the Coop Comfortable

The coop can be completely closed off from the run with a full-sized screen door. Inside, the chickens have plenty of space under a roof where they can scratch and roam, or climb the ladder to their roosting area. Their cozy home is 72 inches square, with cool wooden wine boxes repurposed as nesting boxes on either side. In the middle, we placed two zinc trays for easy cleanup, and above them, three oak roosting rods at varying heights. The trays can be removed without disturbing the chickens, thanks to the epoxy-coated cedar frames.

The Benefits of a Big Coop

This coop is truly a chicken paradise. It comfortably houses 13 birds, which will lay about 65 eggs a week once they mature. The coop can accommodate up to 24 birds, with each bird having 10 square feet of space. The family will have more eggs than they can eat, so they plan to share with neighbors and family, benefiting the whole community. Plus, the chickens’ waste will enrich the garden soil as fertilizer.

Building this coop was a rewarding experience, and I’m sure these lucky chickens will thrive in their new, spacious home.

SeattleWoodCo

Author Since: March 21, 2023