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A-Frame Chicken Coop

September 20, 2012 |
posted by Southern Revivals
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A-Frame Chicken Coop
A-Frame Chicken Coop
A-Frame Chicken Coop
A-Frame Chicken Coop
A-Frame Chicken Coop
About This Project

We took Ana's original coop plans and diva'd it up a bit to suit our needs and our climate. We added a pop door and decided to split the roof panels into four, three of which open up. We put the hinges on the top of the roof panels so we could easily prop them open. We also added a brace across the bottom of our ladder for support. Since we added a door I believe our ladder is a bit more steep than in the original plans.

Because we put our hinges on top we added lattice strips inside on the top of the door panels that go just under the 2x4 of the roof peak to keep the rain out. We also used a roof cap for the same reason. We went back and added silicone to the strategic places to prevent water leaking into the nesting box while also being careful not to affect the necessary ventilation.

We used OSB for our roof panels instead of T111 because it's what we had on hand and also because we were going to be painting it.

Finally I added handles to each of the hinged panels to make opening easy. And cute!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
I used a no VOC exterior paint from Valspar (green) that I found in the mistinted section at Lowe's. The pink (ladder) is Very Berry by Valspar and is not an exterior paint.
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That adorable sign makes me

That adorable sign makes me want to raise chickens! good job!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Mon, 2012-09-24 22:21
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Thank you!

Well, you should! You might be surprised by how much you'd enjoy it! ;)

Jamie Lott
Southern Revivals
www.southernrevivals.com
www.facebook.com/southernrevivals

posted by Southern Revivals | on Tue, 2012-09-25 08:05

Love your coop! It's so cute!

Love your coop! It's so cute! I need to find a weather vane. We ended up adding a roof cap of sorts - just aluminum flashing really. It does still leak in the nest box, though, which just encourages me to change out the bedding for fresh straw, which is a good thing I guess!

posted by anniejw17 | on Wed, 2013-02-27 14:11
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Thank you!

Yes mine leaked, too. We added the roof cap and some silicone but that still didn't stop it. So I finally went in and added some screen molding behind the panels in the nesting box. It still isn't quite "leak proof" but it is better. I will share if I figure out how to make it leak proof! Thank You!

Jamie Lott
Southern Revivals
www.southernrevivals.com
www.facebook.com/southernrevivals

posted by Southern Revivals | on Wed, 2013-02-27 16:24

A-Frame Chicken coop Questions

These were great plans, thanks for sharing!
I'm new to having chickens so since it's cold now is Massachusetts I'm holding off on getting a couple of hens. The 2 main questions I have are where did you end up mounting the roost? And where did you end up putting the nesting box? I only put a floor on half so was thinking the roost board could be suspended above the ground on the open side. That leaves the 1/2 floor to hold the nest box?? Please any comments on the roost, nest box, watering and feeding systems are welcome.
thx..Bill

posted by billd333 | on Mon, 2014-01-13 12:45
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Your Questions

Hi Bill,

I am actually in the process of writing another blog post about this coop. I have gotten so many questions about the modifications we did and have lived with it long enough to know what I would have done differently. You doing the 1/2 is great and is one of the things I would do differently if we had it to do over again.

I will post an update here as soon as that post is live. In the meantime, feel free to contact me directly at Jamie @ Southern Revivals.com

Thanks!
Jamie

Jamie Lott
Southern Revivals
www.southernrevivals.com
www.facebook.com/southernrevivals

posted by Southern Revivals | on Mon, 2014-01-13 13:03

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