Here’s a look at our first chicken coop build. It’s not perfect, it took a long time, it was expensive… but it was a great learning experience. Built in 2015 this coop and chicken run have kept our chickens safe from all of the bobcats, coyotes, skunks, and raccoons. Wellll – other than that one time a bobcat laid off the roof, put its paw in the small crack above the run door (which since I’ve shut) and like stupid chickens do, one jumped right up in a frantic scare (just enough for the bobcat to snag it out of the 5 inch opening above the door. Saw the whole thing.
Here’s the completed coop about 4 years after we initially built it (all nice and freshly painted):
Let’s get started! Why not build a chicken coop on a slope. Why not build it in a place where you have to remove a bunch of rocks and tree limbs. Got it!
There, that’s better.
The worst part of building stuff is all the trips to Home Depot.
Let’s start building…
Run door fortification – this spot needs a little reinforcing so little critters can’t dig under. We used pavers we had laying around, it’s perfect.
Wire meshing deep in the ground under where the coop will be. Don’t want any diggers getting under and eating chicken for dinner.
See, that’s the little spot above the door where the bobcat nabbed a chicken. Silly chickens.
Here’s the thing about backyard chickens… you’re not going to save money (in fact, you’ll be spending more), they can be annoying, you have to make plans for egg pickup when you go out of town, and it takes work. Sounds nice, right?
But here’s the other thing: it’s a pet that gives you food. I love the fact that each day we can go outside and there’s the perfect little meal all wrapped up and waiting. We love eggs, especially when they’re from our chickens.