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D.I.Y. chicken coop project

darylhewston
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darylhewston
darylhewston
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A PVC pipe chimney allows heat to escape and a hinged lid makes cleaning this chicken coop easy.

 

 

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The project

 

Unfortunately for this project I ran out of treated Pine timber so I had to buy new. Fortunately, everything else is recycled. Let me take you through it.

 

We previously had six Australorp chickens which we found out are major poo producers. We used to let them out and they got into everything, so we decided to downsize a little and with three or four Leghorns.

 

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After some research, we found the optimal size for four chooks. I drew up a design which I was happy with and got to work. This is basic construction with glue and nails. (Yeah, I know the shed needs a bit of a tidy up).

 

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I decided that a tray under the roosting rails would come in handy when cleaning. This used to be a drip tray from an old supermarket freezer. I think the handle is from an old outdoor gas heater.

 

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I made up a PVC chimney to allow heat buildup to escape. The shed is insulated as well. The lid is also on hinges for easy cleaning.

 

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I made the feeder out of 90mm PVC downpipe.

 

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I also built an automatic door opener for this chicken coop.

 

How to build a chicken coop

 

Build your own chicken coop with mini garden on top to grow herbs with this step-by-step guide: How To Build a D.I.Y. Chicken Coop.

 

 

More chicken coop projects

 

Workshop member Caron built this incredible chicken coop with cafe blind and screening for extra weather protection.

 

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Workshop member Tim built an enclosure around this coop so his chickens can roam free while keeping safe from predators and out of the garden.

 

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Workshop member Wayne built this chicken nesting box using recycled pallet timber, MDF pieces and a plywood crate.

 

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