Building a Chicken Coop – Part 1

I’m starting to work my way through one of the chicken coop plans I did a review of some time ago. This particular plan is The Compact Chicken Chalet plan that comes with cutting diagrams for all the wood needed.  I’m converting from inches to centimeters since this is what I’m familiar with:

This is all the wood that is needed for the entire coop, except the legs for the coop which I forgot to pick up at the woodyard:

The coop plan recommends letting the legs stand on concrete piers that have been dug into the ground. These are not shown in the picture, and I think I’ll just use concrete slabs instead.

You might be able to see from the picture that the big plywood sheets in the bottom  of the trailer have long grooves in them. This is not according to the plan but this type was on sale and therefore cheaper, but it might give me some problems later on in the project. I figure I can always flip the sheets so that the grooves will be on the inside, since the backside of the sheets doesn’t have grooves, as you can see in this next picture:

Here I have started marking the pieces for cutting.
I think the project is off to a good start. Stay tuned for the rest of the process in the coming days.

2 comments on “Building a Chicken Coop – Part 1

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    Hi Thomas,

    I noticed that we have the coop!!! How many chickens do you keep in yours?
    I have 8 and I’m beginning to wonder if its too many?
    Whats your opinion?

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    Hi Bonnie, we have only three chickens in ours, and it already seems a bit crowded. Sussex chickens are _big_ and they can’t fly around in the coop, so they mainly rest on the floor at night, on a good layer of straw. It’s a shame though that they can’t easily get to the roosting perch, and I’ve even added one more perch under the roof, but I don’t think they’ll ever be able to get all the way up there, if they can’t even get to the original perch.
    It would be fun to expand the coop with more ‘apartments’ but it is a lot of work. Right now we’re just focusing on coming up with enough greens 😉

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