by Rebecca Nickols ~ the garden-roof coop
This month's "Cool Coop" is an inspiration to all those folks who choose to embrace retirement and undertake the projects they had dreamed and planned for when they had the time. Michael Joyce took on his backyard chicken project and created a wonderful structure that comfortably houses a large flock. Continue reading as Michael describes his set-up:
I drew up the plans and put it together myself except for a few hours of generous neighborly assistance with the rafters (rough) and with the interior sheet rock. It was a two phase project over two summers.
White Leghorns in the smaller coop (the one between the two runs). There are 4 Australorps that stay out in the 8x12 run for now. They have everything they need - a couple of nesting boxes along with their food and water. They preferred being outside around the clock last summer during the hottest days and would now rather be outside all the time. It worked well as the little leghorns moved in and will be ready for the run in a few weeks.
I enjoyed everything about the construction - grub hoeing the 60 foot electrical service trench. I also wired the coops and run providing lighting and occasional heat during the sub-zero Minnesota winters.
Red Stars gave us 142 days in a row before one took a day off. That is now their routine on occasion - generally all provide us an egg a day.
We grind our own feed mixture - the commercial products are rancid and generally nutritionally deplete. The birds told me from the beginning that it was not something they wanted!
I also built an ark which presently houses 6 - one month old broilers.
Too much fun --
Micheal D. Joyce
To view more photos of Michael's construction, click on this link:
The Chick Compound
Thanks Michael for sharing your "compound" with the Community. It's always helpful to view several examples of coop options before undertaking your own DIY project. Click on the link below for previous entries in the "Cool Coops!" series...