Thursday, April 18, 2013

Chicken Coop: Part 4

Are you sick of hearing about our chicken coop yet? Well if you are, don't worry, this will be the last one for a while.

Last time I left off, we had started to frame out the front so that we would have something to hang the doors on. I headed inside to warm up and start supper while Dan kept working. He worked that evening and the next and this is how far he got. Pretty good eh?

It's kind of hard to see in the above picture but there are two big doors and then on the right there is the frame for a little door. This little door is for us to walk in and out of without having to open the giant ones. That would just be too much of a hassle. On the left where all that open space is, a giant window will go to let as much light in to the coop as possible.

The two big doors are secured shut by latches.


Dan kept working on the coop while I was at work so everytime I would come home, more would be done.

Large doors complete!

The small door
But don't worry, I snuck in to "help" and get my picture taken.

Here is the coop mostly finished. Well, the building part of it at least.

Here is the view from the inside looking out, with the big barn doors open.

Next up, lights! Our electrician friend Kendall came over to help Dan hook up the electrical and get lights and outlets in our coop.

Kendall working hard

Once the electrical was all set up, Dan made a watering trough for the chickens. I honestly don't really know how he did it all but he set it up so that it is always full of fresh water. That way, we don't have to lug buckets of water out to them daily, all we have to do is keep an eye on their trough to make sure it's working well. I'm so happy I'm married to a plumber.

The watering trough
He also made feeding stations out of pipe. These work really well because you can fill them up with food and then not have to worry about them quite as regularly. Thank you Pinterest for the idea.

You can also see the roosting area in the back that he made for them.

So there you have it, our finished chicken coop that is now housing our 12 hens (I'll be doing a separte post on our new hens next week) while we rebuild their hen house (more on that later this month).

So far it's working well and we're happy with how we went about building it. We still need to paint the exterior and do a couple more tweaks on the inside but overall, it's done and functional.

What do you think? Are you impressed with our chicken coop building skills?

And really, it didn't take us as long as it seems, I've just been slow on getting the posts up.

In case you want to see the progress from the beginning, here is Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.


  1. Looks great! I wish we were half as handy as you two.

  2. Thanks LaTi! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. And really, it's Dan who's the handy one, not me. :P

  3. Looking good! Very professionally done! =) Thank god for handy husbands!

  4. Thanks Kate! And yes, handy husbands are the best.

  5. you guys are so cool! i have to bring Emily out to see the chickens and her favourite dog!

  6. Thanks Vicky! And yes you do need to bring Emily out. Our chicks are arriving today so you should come soon before they get ugly. :P

  7. Jen, do you have a love and admiration for chickens like your mother does? To me, when they are very tiny and yellow, yes, cute ... but they soon lose their appeal. But not to your mother, eh??

  8. Bunny - I'm not sure anyone can have the same love and admiration for chickens as mom does. :P I'm with you, I LOVE them when they're little and yellow and absolutely precious. But as soon as they get ugly, I'm indifferent.