Chicken Coop Construction

I asked for a chicken coop for my 30th birthday, and after months of anticipation the chicken coop construction is well underway! Thanks to my dad and mom it’s looking way better than my coop model. I was initially just picturing some boards nailed to some other boards with wire stretched over them. It’s turning out so much nicer, because my dad is an engineer with a garage full of saws and some serious carpentry skills, and my mom is amazing at visualizing how the pieces will come together and at catching mistakes before we make them. There’s more work to be done before the hens can move in this summer, but I thought it would be fun to share some photos of the unfinished coop (with a little eye candy from around the yard to pretty this post up a little).

Thanks for all your help Dad and Mom—you get first dibs on the fresh eggs!

chicken coop construction

chicken coop construction

I wanted diamond latticework on the coop door to tie it in with the style of our home. If you stand at just the right spot in our front yard, you can catch a glimpse of the tudor-ish coop door next to our tudor-ish house. I’m loving it, and it will look even better when the coop is painted!

chicken coop construction

chicken coop construction

Building the coop has been such a great learning experience. I’m getting pretty good at attaching wood to other wood using three different methods (pictured below), and sawing is starting to feel a lot more natural (and less scary).

chicken coop construction

The baby chicks arrive next month!

11 thoughts on “Chicken Coop Construction

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Isn’t it? I’m all like, “Hmm what else can I saw around here?…”

  1. Maja

    I am so jealous! How I can’t wait to have chickens one day…and the amazing coop to go with it. You will have so much fun!!!

  2. Chris Pridmore

    I bought a book the other day on keeping chickens (in Australia) and I’m so excited to get into it. I miss having chickens. Make sure the coop is definitely sealed from anything that might want to come in! Look forward to seeing how it all comes together!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Our chickens should be penpals! ;) Yes, we have a ton of foxes and raccoons around here, so the plan is to make the coop super secure. Hopefully the predators will stay away!

  3. Melissa

    I can’t wait to see the final project! Just from the few pics, it looks like it’s going to be a great, happy home for your new chicks.

  4. Lully

    I showed it to my father, he wants chicken ( because we make many cakes :p) and this is very beautiful. Nobody can do it more beautiful than you did! This is a good job!

    Other subject. I will open my blog this summer. I finally decided to do it :)
    May I mention you as a mentor/ inspiration ?

    Bisous ♥

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