Friday, January 14, 2011

Building a Chicken Coop- Lifestyles of the Rich and Feathered

Keenly aware of the pending arrival of our new chickens (though at the time we didn't know what kinds, how many, or where they were coming from), Jason spent 3 full days after New Years building a larger coop. Our original "Clampett Coop" ended up costing only $6 because everything was salvaged. The new one, however, came closer to $200 because we had to buy some materials as we didn't have time to scour the parkways for discarded items. The Clampett Coop is about 40 sq feet. The new coop is approximately 4'x10' and therefore about 80 square feet on two levels. We briefly toyed with the idea of taking the original down, but realized it's the perfect place to house a sick or injured chicken or raise some baby chicks, so we decided to keep it. Between the two coops we cordoned off the area and they now have a 10'x20' run. So far I don't think there is much we would change. Complete with electric & plumbing, it's a verifiable chicken palace! Painting and, dare I say, a bit of trim work will commence within the next two to three months.

Because I took so many pictures I'm going to mainly do a "silent" pictorial. If you have any questions feel free to ask! -Carrie

Upper right area has been covered with plywood but has chicken wire underneath.
The plywood is to protect the birds from the cold. It will come off when temps rise.

Storage area for feed, etc.

Removable trays below roosting area.

Ladder leading up to either roosting area or nesting boxes.


  1. Looking great! I bet they love their new high-rise condo! How many eggs do you charge for rent per month?

  2. Dallas Fruit GrowerJanuary 15, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Awesome chicken house. Looks like you'll be able to keep about 30 birds in there!

  3. What Pigs Don't KnowJanuary 15, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    .09 Acres,
    We charge 20 eggs per month. The alternate is an arm and a leg... baked. No seriously. They never pay the full rent. Some qualify for poultry welfare.

    We're up to 16, though that's split between the two coops. We assume there's a few roosters in the clutch, so it'll thin down in the near future. We'll keep you posted.