It’s here. The Coop.
4 months ago my boyfriend presented me with a cardboard box full of baby chicks.
3 months ago I started to build a chicken coop for them. 2 weeks ago, I finished it.
I normally do a lot of talking and funny story telling at this point in my posts, but not today. Today, I’m just going straight to the pictures.
Not ’cause I don’t have a lot of funny stories to tell. I do. Lots of em.
It’s just that I have the feeling you’re gonna skip past all of the writing and go straight to the pictures anyway. So why waste the funny? Funny is a horrible thing to waste.
It is my honour to introduce you to …
Both of the doors have double security features. You can’t be too cautious with a neighbourhood full of cats, hawks, raccoons, skunks, neighbours and other egg loving monsters. Each door has a series of small Rare Earth Magnets, PLUS strips of wood that pivot and lock the door in place. That was the fella’s idea. It’s completely functional and brilliant.
The lower storage compartment holds feed, treats, the egg basket and pine shavings.
I know what you’re going to be thinking when you see this next picture. You’re gonna be thinking … there’s EGGS! No. There are no eggs. Those are fake eggs which we put in the nesting box to encourage the chickens to lay their eggs in there, as opposed to some random spot in the coop or run.
This is the door going into the nesting box as seen from inside the coop.
To help the coop air out and to give us a better view of all the girls during the day I made pull out screens for both the upper and lower doors. The coop is directly across from my dining room window, so when we’re sitting down to dinner we can watch the girls put themselves to bed at 7:30 every night. I love the screens. They’re one of those things I didn’t intend to make, but ended up whipping up right at the end of the project.
Guess you’re curious about the ring. It’s my pride and joy.
So to open up the door to the run all we have to do is pull the ring and the door slides open effortlessly. The ring then slides onto the hook below to keep it open. To close it we just remove the ring from the hook and the screen door spring at the top of the door, pulls the door shut automatically. Thanks to Heather Bullard and her coop for inspiring this particular aspect of my henhouse.
Looking down into the run from the door inside the coop.
That’s it for now. If you’re interested, here’s another post with a few more details about the coop experience including shots of me building.
And I’m sorry, but I do not have any building plans for the coop. I made it up as a I went with inspiration from both Heather Bullard’s Chez Poulet and Mitchell Snyder’s Modern Coop which was featured in Dwell online.
3 months, 2 major injuries and a huge learning curve later the coop is complete. And I couldn’t be happier with it.