Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Scoop on the Coop

I hope you are all doing well. Can't you just wait for Spring?
March came in like a lion here. We had a huge snow storm and the kids donned the snow clothes that I had almost put away. 

I have had a few inquiries about our little white coop, so I thought I would post about it again and answer some questions.

I have been so flattered by your comments:).
We built it mostly from scrap lumber and other free materials.
Much of the design was developed by using what we had, so I tried to achieve the look I wanted without sacrificing on the quality of construction. 
I also have a VERY handy husband!

The windows were a gift from my Mom and measure 20 in. x 36 inches . They are antique. The panes are not original. I just attached some small wood stripping to the inside....using hot glue {yup}.
 That way, I can take them off if I need to clean the inside:).

Here is a view of the trim. We went for a farm house look.

The whole building measures 9' long by 6' ft wide. It is really a nice size. We have 8 hens and plan on adding 2 more and there is more than enough room for all the girls.
On cold, frigid days they are completely happy to stay indoors.

The height of the building is tall!
 I wanted a very vintage look, so we went with 8 feet.
It seems even taller on the inside because the peak of the roof is another 3 feet up.
 So from the bottom to the roof peak it measures 12 feet.
I am hoping to shingle the area under the eaves, so we were not too concerned about piecing the plywood together.

The door....well, the door is what actually inspired the whole building.
I bought it at an auction and fell in love with it.

Isn't the hardware darling?

I think it was a closet door and it measures 78 1/2 inches tall and 2 feet wide.
 I have had no trouble cleaning the coop with a door that narrow.
It just makes the whole thing more charming.

So, lets move to the inside...

Darren built the nesting boxes. They are perfect and the girls don't even use all six. We put metal roofing on the top {a tip from a good friend} so that they won't roost. The girls still try, but for the most part this has helped keep them off the nesting area.

The nesting boxes measure 64 1/2 inches long and four feet tall. Each of the sitting areas is about 21 inches wide by 17 inches tall....pretty roomy:).

On the far side, we have a roosting area.
Darren used two hangers and attached a dowel about three feet up.
 I thought 1" might be a little wide, but it has been perfect.
 I do think we could use one more roosting bar, and will probably add one this Spring.
 Some of the girls have resorted to the rafters.
I nailed an extra piece of roofing to the wall. It makes cleaning a lot easier. I can take a hose in there and wash that area if need be.
 My girls are not the best house keepers.

Mabel likes to pose:).

On the backside, Darren made a little door that the kids can open to get the eggs.
 It is wonderful!
The dimensions are 45 inches wide by 24 inches tall.

Our roof is made of old corrugated tin.
We were lucky enough to score it for free.
I love that it is slightly rusted and adds to the patina of the coop. 
I painted the outside in almost a white wash. I was going for the chippy and worn look.
The paint is Dutch Boy's "Whipped White."
 I love that color.

I hope that helps those of you who were interested.
Thanks to all of you who inquired and left lovely comments!

Have a great day!



Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

Your coop is absolutely adorable- I love it!! You have very lucky chickens. Love that you built it yourselves and for such a bargain! I would eventually like to build our own when the time comes for a bigger coop. What kind of nesting material do you use? I have pine shavings all throughout mine including the nesting box but am wondering if they prefer some other type?

Julia said...

Hi Megan,

I have been using hay as nesting material and wood shavings on the floor. I think straw is a great option, but we are hay farmers:). I think the hens really like a cozy spot to lay eggs. Hay is all right as long as you have good ventilation and change it frequently:).I tried shavings in half of my boxes and put hay in the other three and they definitely preferred the hay. Good luck with your coop! Thanks for your sweet comment:).


Tami / Maddie Lumpkin said...

Your coop is so cute. I'd be tempted to move the girls out and make it into a big girl playhouse! Can't wait for my husband to see this post.He is wanting to build a coop using what we already have on hand too. Just yesterday he mentioned needing some inspiration!

Lynn @whispersfromwildwood said...

Wow! Now that is one stylish hen house! I love it...makes me miss having my own chickens :)

The Whispering Creek House said...

i loove this!! it reminds me of home in south dakota..thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the scoop on the coop! It is inspirational to say the least! Filing this future use! --- What type of floor did you use? Did you do plywood, or pour concrete? I've also heard that putting down a sheet of linoleum is great for cleaning. Did you do that as well?

Thanks for all your hen house tips!


Julia said...

Hi Christie,

Thanks for your sweet comment:). We just used plywood because that is what we had. I am planning on lining it with linoleum, though. My sister-in-law used linoleum in her coop and it works great! Good luck with your coop!!


Debby said...

Hi Julia. What a cute little coop. I keep saying I want chickens and then I get the "look." Yours must feel like they are at the Hilton, hah.
You are the winner of my giveaway. I need your mailing
Debby from Cozy Blanket.

Stephanie @ The Cozy Old Farmhouse said...

Thanks for stopping my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I LOVE your coop! Makes me miss my chicks. I hope to be able to have more again one day.

Amanda said...

Love that coop!

My favorite photo is the close-up of the door knob.

Simply Sweet!

MamaJunie said...

Sooo cute! Wish I didn't live in the city so I could have a cute coop with cute chickens! Thanks for letting me live thru your pictures!

Nicole said...

Your coop is adorable! Love the vintage touches. Your girls have it made in the shade. :D I'm collecting ideas for when we move out of the city, into the country and get some chickens. Mable is such a pretty girl. Is there a way for them to come and go during the day or do you just let them back inside in the afternoon?

Julia said...

Hi Nicole! Yes, I didn't show the little hatch door on the other side of the pen, but the girls can go in and out as they please. We close it at night so they are safe. I free range them in Fall through Winter, and then contain them as soon as I plant our garden. Good luck with all of your plans!


Polly said...

I adore your coop, cannot wait to come visit your blog again when I have more time to soak in its creative beauty!

Candylei said...

Lovely setting and love the picket fence!

Keeping It Cozy said...

I cannot tell you how much I love your coop. We are getting some chicks this year and I can't wait to show my husband this. You have such a lovely blog.

Anonymous said...

This is lovely! I have no experience with layers, but would like to someday. This last summer in Costa Rica I saw hens walking up a bamboo pole to roost in a tree for the night and had to ask what was going on. Was glad to learn that they don't lay their eggs up there!

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