by Rebecca Nickols ~ the garden-roof coop
Changing the basic geometrical shape (from a square to a circle), took this "Cool Coop" from great to awesome! Continue reading as Julie Felton shares her journaled vision and construction of this month's featured coop...
March 21, 2012
Here's a little model of a chicken coop I designed. Making it a circle was a bit ambitious (to say the least), but I think I've figured out how to make it work. I need to get crackin' on this because my little chick babies will need a house in a month or so! It will be 18" off the ground with a caged area below. There will also be a caged run.
My coop is unusual because it is circular. This poses some unique construction challenges. Oh sure. A rectangular coop would be much easier to build… but it wouldn't be nearly as stylish. Not only will this coop have style, but it will also be very functional. I had a difficult time digging up circular building design information. So, I had to get creative and make a few things up. My plans are all down on paper, though they do change as I work.
Later today, I will cut a chicken door from the floor that will also serve as a ramp. I am also going to cover the floor with vinyl flooring (for easier cleaning, I hope).
April 17, 2012
The chicks are now four weeks old, which is also how long I've been working on their coop. Of course, I haven’t been working on it eight hours a day, seven days a week. I work from home as a graphic artist, so my first priority is my work. As tempting as it is to skip out of work to finish the coop, I focus on my work first, coop second. Although, they’re calling for rain today, so I might sneak outside for a few hours and work on siding the rest of the coop. I can work inside while it rains. Right?
I see the light at the end of the tunnel! The coop is not 100% complete, but it is ready for the chicks. I still have a few cosmetic details to complete (trim, sealant, a little paint). There’s also the little issue of building their run. I cut the lumber yesterday. Now, I need to assemble it. It should be a fairly quick project, unlike the coop.
Thanks Julie for sharing your coop construction with our Community! Your set-up is wonderful and truly an inspiration to think outside the (square) box!
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Julie Felton @modernstead (twitter)
Do you have a "Cool Coop" you'd like to share? Email me at: RNickols@communitychickens.com