Chicken Coop

I don’t know what I’m doing. But I did it all by myself.

Walk-in door and chicken door.

It’s… rustic. Repurposed siding and other materials from barn. Frame, flooring, roof sheathing and shingles built with new material.

Broken window and nesting box.

Used a repurposed barn window, cracked it during installation and broke it while nailing siding. Will repair that with a piece of plexiglass, also from the demolished barn.

I was going to put a hinged door on the outside of the nesting box, but that was a pain and not necessary, so I closed it up with siding and studs.

I wouldn’t want to be graded on this, but it’s solid. Setting trusses by myself, though small, was really difficult. They’re not lined up precisely or perfectly square, but I made 5 trusses for an 8′ x 8′ box frame, so it should be sturdy. Sheathing was hard to put in place, too, and it’s a bit saggy in one spot, but, well…

Did I say I don’t know what I’m doing? I’m an incompetent carpenter.

Inside of coop. 2 x 4 perches. One 2 x 4 is parallel with truss for chickens who want to roost high up.
3 wooden nesting boxes plus milk crate for a 4th option.

I will paint it when it’s warm enough. So it will look decent from a distance.

I think it will be functional. The chickens can’t complain. Can they?

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Published by joesmithreally

Slipped away from increasingly stressful, random, and violenturban life after 4 decades and retired early from wage jobs to see the sky, attune my soul to nature, live in the peaceful country, attempt to establish a small farm that at least partly pays the bills and die well.

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