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The wife and I decided to jump feet first into rasing some backyard chickens this year. So naturally we got some cute little baby chic's about 5 weeks ago. Thinking I had plenty of time to get the coup built before they really needed to be evicted from their cozy basement temporary home.

I was wrong those chickens need to get out before I lose all my tools under the dust.

There is hope on the horizon, my shed kit got dropped off this morning and I was able to find enough hours without rain to get my concrete footings poured.
 

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The wife and I decided to jump feet first into rasing some backyard chickens this year. So naturally we got some cute little baby chic's about 5 weeks ago. Thinking I had plenty of time to get the coup built before they really needed to be evicted from their cozy basement temporary home.

I was wrong those chickens need to get out before I lose all my tools under the dust.

There is hope on the horizon, my shed kit got dropped off this morning and I was able to find enough hours without rain to get my concrete footings poured.
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Based on the footers, that's going to be a heck of a chicken coop!!

A buddy of mine used to keep chickens. To say that when he does something, it's usually a bit over the top is an understatement. When he was done with his chicken coop/pen, his wife referred to it as "The Chicken Hilton".
 

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Wow that looks like it has the potential to be something. I have hillbilly birds. I made a coop out of wood I had laying around the farm. They didn't seem to care. I eventually gave them an area in the corner of the barn. It made it easier to give them water.
 

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Not to ruin the suprise but its really just a 6x8 shed. The outdoor run is going to be extensive. It's going to go behind the large rock and fill the flat area thats bare earth downhill of the rock. I too have problems with going above and beyond what is needed. I really don't like to build things twice or have to repair them once I'm done.

I went with footings because the area it's in has been filled and and excavated a number of times in the last five years. The top soil is anything but stable. There is also a decent slope,over 6 inches difference in height on the footings. Setting level footings with my laser level is a piece of cake. Also being in a hurricane zone the footings are a good ground anchor. With the amount of rock I have in the soil those screw in anchors are useless.

The shed is a matching style to the much bigger shed already there. It's post and beam construction with solid pine board and batten siding. Both buildings were made be the some company, so all the siding and hardware is going to match. The wife likes matching things.
 

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Not to ruin the suprise but its really just a 6x8 shed. The outdoor run is going to be extensive. It's going to go behind the large rock and fill the flat area thats bare earth downhill of the rock. I too have problems with going above and beyond what is needed. I really don't like to build things twice or have to repair them once I'm done.

I went with footings because the area it's in has been filled and and excavated a number of times in the last five years. The top soil is anything but stable. There is also a decent slope,over 6 inches difference in height on the footings. Setting level footings with my laser level is a piece of cake. Also being in a hurricane zone the footings are a good ground anchor. With the amount of rock I have in the soil those screw in anchors are useless.

The shed is a matching style to the much bigger shed already there. It's post and beam construction with solid pine board and batten siding. Both buildings were made be the some company, so all the siding and hardware is going to match. The wife likes matching things.
Watch the racoons and coyotes. Sly little buggers and that's why we don't have anymore chickens! They sell those coops with runs made out of chicken wire and the coons will pull the feet right off the poor chickens, then instead of eggs you get,, well,, chicken piccata.. Good luck with your project. Looks like one big pile of lumber though for a 6X8 chicken coop, maybe a chicken 40B project?:laugh:
 

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None of this is a premade chicken anything. The coop is going to be a full on hurricane hardened 6x8 building that chickens happen to live in. The run will be all homemade and should be safe.

I looked at those premade coops and thought yo myself if I was a chicken I would not want to live there.
 

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None of this is a premade chicken anything. The coop is going to be a full on hurricane hardened 6x8 building that chickens happen to live in. The run will be all homemade and should be safe.

I looked at those premade coops and thought to myself if I was a chicken I would not want to live there.
Nor pop out an egg either! Gotta hurt... Those pre made coops are for city slickers that want to be make believe farmers! We have a neighbor that bought one of those and she told me about the feet being pulled off. Our chickens we had years ago were free range (they eat ticks and such) and they slept in the shed at night. the Coyotes get my wifes Ruger 22 mag for dinner.:thumbup1gif:

I like the fact your coop with be hurricane hardened! Your chickens will too... Have fun.
 

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Finally got a couple small steps done and making forward progress. The weather here has been rain, with a chance of rain followed by more rain.

Started to break down the pallet of parts and set up the runners and floor joists.
 

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We have been raising Chickens for over 20 years and this time I up/graded our Chicken House. Bought a new 8' x 16' Pre Made Storage Building and converted it into a Chicken House and added a outside area on one end. They do quite well thru the cold winters in it and are now free ranging during the day. We get 10-15 eggs a day and extras sold at the feed store.

100_3395.JPG 100_3396.JPG 100_3397.JPG I walled off the first 4 ft of the Coup and put a door and screen in. That way you can walk into the Coup and not let them out and deal with the feed and water stuff. I put a big vent on their end with a drop down door during the winter super cold temps and winds. They like to sleep on it when up! The Big Sprinkler on the Post I for Wild Fire Fighting reasons. It gets hooked up to a 1" firehose during the worst part of the year ready to keep stuff wet down including the chicken coup. Can't be every where at once with a hose fast so a lot are pre set up in advance.

This is what we shoot for!
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Spurred on by the actual sunshine and the fear of chicken rebellion further progress has been made.

QA was keeping a close eye on the work.

Floor and post and beam frame installed and squared up.
 

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We have been raising Chickens for over 20 years and this time I up/graded our Chicken House. Bought a new 8' x 16' Pre Made Storage Building and converted it into a Chicken House and added a outside area on one end. They do quite well thru the cold winters in it and are now free ranging during the day. We get 10-15 eggs a day and extras sold at the feed store.

View attachment 683656 View attachment 683658 View attachment 683660 I walled off the first 4 ft of the Coup and put a door and screen in. That way you can walk into the Coup and not let them out and deal with the feed and water stuff. I put a big vent on their end with a drop down door during the winter super cold temps and winds. They like to sleep on it when up! The Big Sprinkler on the Post I for Wild Fire Fighting reasons. It gets hooked up to a 1" firehose during the worst part of the year ready to keep stuff wet down including the chicken coup. Can't be every where at once with a hose fast so a lot are pre set up in advance.
My goal is a set up that functions the same as yours. We out have 10 chickens our original plan was 6 but somehow that grew to 10.

My out door run is going to be a bit larger because I won't be able to let them free range as much as I would like to.
 

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I like the way you build your buildings! Rustic Looking better put some meat on that pup unless it is a Coon Dog! Don't mind me my Newfoundland Dogs weigh around 180 lbs! dogs1.jpg
 

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I like the way you build your buildings! Rustic Looking better put some meat on that pup unless it is a Coon Dog! Don't mind me my Newfoundland Dogs weigh around 180 lbs! View attachment 683680
Our mountain dog is around 120lbs but she is pushing 12 years old now and her hips just aren't working well. We have another lab mix and she is around 80lbs, same age as the mountain dog.

The new puppy is about 4 months old now and is a rescue from Puerto Rico. No idea what she is made of but she's very sweet and full of trouble.

The shed (both of them) is from Jamaica Cottage Shop. They are an outfit out of Vermont and this one is a "pre cut kit". So everything is measured marked and cut ready to nail together. I'm sure I could build something like this from scratch but time is money and I have no time. The attention to detail from this place is top notch and everything fits like it should, so long as you can make it level and square. The only cutting needed is to fit some of the trim tightly. I can't take credit for design but I did put all the pieces together. I also add steel brackets where needed for added protection, as well as construction adhesive in key spots.

A little more progress today before it was time to put down the guns.
 

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Roost is done and the whole coop got a healthy dose of Thompson's water seal both inside and outside. I will cut in the pop door when I get the run finished, and the nest boxes will be at a later date.

Chickens should be moved to their new home by the end of the weekend.

Edit: The pergola that will be the main run area got started. Hopefully I will get some hops and some grapes growing on it this season.
 

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