Finally! My last post on the design of our chicken coop. Below you’ll find a description and rendering of the final 3 elevations – right, left, and rear. Part 1 provided a schematic of the area where our coop/hutch sits, as well as a floor plan. Part 2 provided a description and rendering of the front elevation.
Right Side Elevation of the Coop
This is the side of the coop next to the run where we retrieve the eggs, have another point of access to clean things out, or just peek in to check on our feathered friends.
- The top 1/2 of this side of the coop is almost entirely a window of hardware cloth (approximately 33″ x 53″). The trim is made of 1″ x 3″ boards, painted the same color white as the trim on our house.
- I used the same gate latches as I did on the front for the doors.
- To keep the egg “hatch” from falling down when open, my oldest daughter…Brown-Brown, had the simple, but great idea to simply add a loop of string tied to the hardware cloth of the window above to hook the latch when opened. This allows us to use both hands when retrieving the eggs.
- The access door and egg “hatch” is constructed of the same siding that I used for the other sides of the coop, framed and reinforced with 1″ x 3″ boards…and again, painted the same color gray as our house.
- Below the egg “hatch” is the “chicken chute” that leads to the run. Originally I had planned on opening/closing access to the “chute” every day…now I only close it when I want to isolate the ladies in the coop or the run to fix something or clean them out.
- Originally we only had pine straw outside the coop and between it and the chicken run. Since we were walking back there quite a bit…to get the eggs every day, after a rain it got really muddy. So within a few months of having our chickens I added a little walking platform made of decking boards…painted a darker gray – the same color of our back deck.
Left Side Elevation of the Coop…actually, of the Bunny Hutch
This is actually the bunny hutch side of our coop. Nothing much to say here, other than there’s the same sized window as on the right side, but since we don’t have all the other stuff going on for the bunnies, I added a large black window box. Having the window box gives me the opportunity to soften the space with plant material. Last year I planted a variety of annuals, but this year I’m thinking of planting herbs. Although this may drive Belle (our bunny) crazy, but not only will it be another place we can grow food (for us, the chickees, or the bunny), it will also provide a nice scent to combat with the stank of the chickens and bunny during the heat of the summer. I’ve also heard that the scent of certain herbs (e.g., lavender) lulls flies a bit…so that they’re not flying around as much…and therefore, not as annoying. I’ll let you know how that works out this summer.
Rear Elevation of the Coop
Again, nothing much to say here. As with the rest of the coop, I used pressure treated siding…painted gray. Then for purposes of ventilation and keeping a symmetrical design, I added 3 24″ x 33″ windows…trimmed out and painted like the others.
Before I conclude I want to make sure that you don’t think that you have to have fancy plans or drawings to create a great home for your chickens. Sure, you need to have a general idea, but you can do that in a matter of minutes with a pencil and a piece of paper. Here is what I worked from with my amazing handyman friends Ronny & Nick. As you can see, they are very rough sketches. Once we got started some of the dimensions and elements were tweaked a bit, but we knew directionally where we were going…flexing when we needed to.
So there you have it…a complete set of designs of our chicken coop / bunny hutch…with a few descriptions. What other questions do you have? What else can I help you with? I’d love to…just let me know.
PS: Here are the links to Parts 1 and Parts 2 of Our Chicken Coop Design…and a link to the video we made to introduce you to our little ladies.
PPS: I’ve had several folks ask about the panels we use to keep the wind out of our chicken coop during the winter…so I thought I’d post a couple of pics of them here. They’re not the best quality pics…sorry about that. When I put them back up this winter I’ll do another post with better pictures…but I hope this helps for now. Cheers, D.