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Project by Greenthumb posted 01-21-2008 11:01 AM 11439 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

made this on the cheap for two of my chickens, Honey Garlic (hen) and BBQ (rooster).....pets. Bantams

The only things I bought were chicken wire, feeder, concrete and straw.

The studs were left overs, the cedar siding came from a job site (free), steel roofing I bought for a buck at an auction and the rest is just scrap wood and hardware.

the raised coop is framed, insulated with rigid stryofoam and the outside is covered with cedar siding, as well the inside is covered on Ontario cedar milled from a few trees at the cottage. The floor is galvanized heavy screening covered in a generous layer of straw. There six so called apartments on the inside, raised up off the floor which are accesable from three drop down doors for easy egg removal and cleaning.

The building is made from Ontario cedar branches and trunks, bark peeled off and bolted together, all of which sits on a concrete slab. Also a door made from the same cedar poles and branches.

I set up a sorta coral/fence so that my border collie can round up the birds at the end of the day so they become lunch to the wolves and coyotes.

To think I originally bought the Rooster so that the teenagers here, who sleep in until the middle of the afternoon, might entice them to get up…..............it didnt work.

Maybe Bag Pipes will?

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )



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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-21-2008 11:47 AM

this is awesome.
You should post it over at LumberJocks!!

did you know that teenagers need almost as much sleep as toddlers because of their growth spurts/development?
Forget the bagpipes… put in some lullaby tapes and put them to work when they wake up.

your chickens’ names sound a lot like what we called our rabbits when we raised them.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-21-2008 12:32 PM

thanks

If teenagers need lots of sleep then they should go to bed earlier…...lol. I am not a fan of lazy kids…....og dont get me going.

The clutter has since been cleaned up, Mock Orange trees planted with Japanese Pagodas? and other stuff?<g>

I am soooooo looking forward to spring

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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GrandmaT

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posted 01-21-2008 02:45 PM

Good looking Chicken Coop Greenthumb … got a bit of style going there!

Your flower bed is lovely too—got a nice “cottage” feel to it.

Laughed at the rooster and sleeping teenagers. Been through 3 myself, lived to tell the tales and got myself the “t-shirts” to go along -hahaha-!! And, if perchance you manage to discover a way to get them OUT OF BED before 1pm; patent the idea and sell it!!! The only thing that is bringing a smile to my face (thinking about those days) is my oldest son now has his first born approaching the teenage years … pay back, ain’t it a b—-ch; she says smiling! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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eringobraugh

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posted 01-21-2008 03:52 PM

love the garden and the coop, I can always appreciate making something out of nothing with left overs it looks great!

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-21-2008 06:49 PM

the three kids here, living in my home, are not (genetically) mine.

and that complicates everything…<vbg>

thats why I love the cottage, it is the one place kids dont mind getting up early

every single morning ….lol

life

its fun isnt it!

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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scottb

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hardiness zone 5

posted 01-21-2008 07:38 PM

that’s a nice looking coop!

-- southern NH. - smack dab in the middle of 5a and 5b - with lots of shade and full sun, in all the wrong places.

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woodlandchic

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posted 01-21-2008 08:12 PM

Nice coop! So…that’s why my teens are wanting more sleep! And I argued laziness-hahaha!!!!

-- Jen, Zone 8 SC, http://www.woodlandchic.com

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posted 01-21-2008 08:16 PM

as I sit here and probably too much information to you but I will digress

I am getting an enema tomorrow, already had the one they inject and that in itself sorta scared me. This one I get to eat which doesnt really feel appealing, tasty or any kind of good thought…really it doesnt.

they wont let me drink anything, not even a lick off a popsicle which leaves me feeling like the roof of my mouth is part of a “flint lock” type rifle striking mechanism…..........very dry. Only 10 hours to go before I can swallow what they once injected….............an enema. there is no nice way to say that word…...”enema”

The whole time my better half keeps asking me how nice a drink will feel after its all over….....so supportive she is?

Some how, chickens are looking more like dinner with every thought, every passing moment. Chicken soup….

I hope I have a kind and compassionate assistamt tomorrow, not a masocist with a throat syringe, frothing at the mouth ready to subue me with a stun gun.

Thansk for the kind words

I know how dry popcorn feels

for another 9 hours

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-22-2008 04:27 AM

how on earth are you supposed to swallow with a dry mouth and no liquid? yah.. sounds like torture!
sounds like a crappy experience :(

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

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posted 01-22-2008 09:37 AM

I feel really bad for you … medical tests are just awful; both the preping and actual test. You certainly will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Hang in there!!! We are here if you need us ….

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 01-22-2008 10:36 AM

It’s done and over. I drank that Hagis and they took pics,................nothing which means more tests

I sure wish they made a hospital gown for a 6’ 4” man….......fits like Barbie doll clothes. I should had a picture of me in work boots, wool socks, boxers and tiny teeny house coat. It sure made the uneasy chidren waiting for their tests laugh.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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GrandmaT

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posted 01-22-2008 11:26 AM

GREAT! Sounds like the results were the ones you wanted to hear.
Glad your sense of humor is still intact! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-22-2008 12:27 PM

i would have rather heard I have acid reflux and be done with tests

it only means they have dig deeper.

Once your sense of humour is gone….......whats left?

and thank you for the kind words

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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GrandmaT

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posted 01-22-2008 01:23 PM

okay, sorry I misread your other note to say “testing was done”. Been through medical “mazes” and it is NO FUN … really rags right down to “your last nerve”. I will continue to pray for you and your family too. Hang tough and please keep that wonderful sense of humor you have … you have a gift for seeing things as no-one else.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-22-2008 06:32 PM

someone really should invent a better hospital gown, although I guess if it gave the youngsters some distraction from their experience then it really was a silver lining in the day.

I hope they track down the problem quickly and painlessly – and then fix it quickly and painlessly

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-22-2008 08:18 PM

I have had a good life, full of colour, love and laughter, I’ve enjoyed fine food and seen a good chunk of this space ship we all travel on I love philosophy and George Shutlz said this little bit so The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read it straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.
“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia “(Charles Schultz)

I have lots of life left to live!

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-23-2008 04:29 AM

I’ve seen that task before. It is brilliant and so true.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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syble

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posted 01-23-2008 09:26 PM

nice coop. Ours are free run which can make for some fun gardening (which is where the dogs come in handy). I’ve seen people build coops like that an put like wheel barrow tires on them, move the round the yard. chickens love dirt!
sib ;)

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-23-2008 09:56 PM

I have a Border Collie, a Black Lab and 2 Shnauzers.

I panic when the chickens are out at the same time as the Mini Shnauzers.
For tiny dogs…...........they really stress me out.

labs, collies, they seem to be on the same page as me and the chickens, sheep, goats and cattle…..even cats. They really dont seem to give a sh%$ about the things that dont matter. They seem to love to know whats best for all things living?......and they cheerfully let me decide.

The Border Collie is an awesome dog. The word “awesome” is highly over used, the definition of “awesome” leads me to suspect that most folk have never read the definition becuase if they did they might not use the word so much. Too see a Border in action, is truly awesome!!!!

If the last three children in my home were half as smart as the Collie, I’ld sleep easier and for longer periods of time….lol

The chickens here have “free range” in the warm seasons. End of Oct., through Mar.,......inside. When H5N1 arrives and it will…..............no more chickens!

I might have to train the dogs how to chase away the wild fowl. Can’t get H5N1 if it doesnt land.

Cheers n beers

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-24-2008 10:38 AM

That coop is my kind of coop. When we lived in Fergus, I raised chickens and rabbits, and built my own coop. You and I think very similarly, my friend.

Speaking of similar, we have had 5 schnauzers. They are “the best” in my estimation. No shedding. Totally people orientated. Amazing dogs. We had one though that was definitely the queen of schnauzers. She lived to be 13 before I had to put her down, due to diabetes, blindness, lack of control ( only at the end). She ruled the roost around here. So loving, and yet no other dog was going to get more attention. She kept them in line, I tell you. .... fond memories.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Greenthumb

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posted 07-24-2008 02:01 PM

thanls for the kind words

soooooo….............you want 4 dogs?

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Bob

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posted 07-24-2008 05:47 PM

GT, please don’t be sick.
I can’t stand it when my freinds are sick.
Get right after it and question every answer.
You must make these “med guys” work for you for a change.

Bob

-- I want to believe in a lot of things but, in the meantime I have to deal with the truth

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 08-04-2009 06:27 PM

I know you posted this quite some time ago, but I am searching the site for chicken coops and I found yours. Nice coop you built! It looks like a work of art and it provides a safe place for your hens to nest and roost for the night. Do you still have your hens?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Greenthumb

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posted 08-10-2009 06:40 AM

yes

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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SteveKorz

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posted 04-15-2012 06:18 PM

I really like this…. Very nice!

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Greenthumb

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posted 04-15-2012 06:23 PM

Thank you, even though I have left, the memory never will : ))

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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jacobreeve

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posted 10-27-2016 02:13 AM

You can convert this lovely tiny place to greenhouse, you just need some effort, time and materials to use, in fact you can get some use materials yet reliable quality from different store like at http://caldwells.com/door-shop.

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