Our Urban Chicken Quest: TOUR OUR CHICKEN COOP (Part 2)

After keeping your on the edge of your seat this week, I figured it was about time for the big reveal of our nearly 100% reclaimed material chicken coop and run! You already saw some of the before pictures and how we constructed our coop out of an old Hamm radio equipment storage shed last week.

We did have to spend a bit of money on the construction. We spent just $69 on the coop and run materials, as well as some basic chicken keeping supplies, like:
  • hinges and latches for the nest box and window
  • locks and clasps for the nest box and window
  • corner trim
  • waterer
  • feeder
  • cement blocks for the coop base
  • a piece of plexiglass for a windowwindow
  • wood for the run
  • random nails and screws that we ran out of mid-way through building
Are you ready for the big reveal? Here it is: 

Here are some side-by-side before and after shots, so you can really get the feel for the transformation: 

We still have a few things yet to do when the weather gets much warmer, like:
  • Landscaping and planting around the coop and run
  • Adding a roosting bar on the inside, and in the run
  • Obtaining a few more supplies, like wood shavings and feed
Stay tuned! Later this month I'll give you a look at the inside of the coop. There are a few things I'd like to do before the reveal :) However, if you want to see MORE photos of the big reveal, you can go to our Facebook page and click on our Chicken Coop album!

Care to share your thoughts? ("If you can't say anything nice…")

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  1. Looks great! You are really going to love your chickens. They are a lot of fun.

  2. So this probably sounds stupid, but here goes... do you collect the eggs from outside the coop from the nesting box?

    1. That's not a stupid question! But yes, the nesting box is where they lay their eggs. The outside lid is on hinges, so I can just lift the lid and reach in to collect the eggs.

  3. Very nice, good luck!

  4. Love it and love that you reused all of the stuff for it! My favorite kind of projects!!!

    1. It's like a personal challenge to reuse as much as possible when building. Plus, it gets rid of some clutter that we have around the garage and in the basement :)

  5. Looks like they will have a good sized run. I like the idea of the outside egg collection. Great job on the re purposed material.

  6. Thanks for sharing this! We are newbies and have zero carpentry skills, so your "picture-heavy" post was a blessing! It helped SO much!!!

    1. Great! Have you started your coop yet? Tell me about it on our Facebook page!

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