Maybe it’s that the fourth of July is right around the corner, or maybe it’s because we’ve now formed a bit of a tradition with barn red and white, but, either way, our new coop is definitely patriotic. We built an A-frame coop, and so far, we are loving it. The underneath of it forms a large run for the hens (8’x6′), and there’s enough room for four hens in the loft. We modified some plans from Ana-White.com (you can find them here). Her plans are really nice, and fairly budget friendly, though we spent a little extra using hardware cloth instead of chicken wire and some slightly thicker plywood than her plans plus the paint on the outside of the coop.
We modified the coop by adding the front door and putting siding the front of the coop using 1″x4″s (mainly because we didn’t want to bother with cutting the hardware cloth which is a bit of a pain). It had the added benefit of turning out very rustic and sturdy. We also only have two doors on the top instead of four, as her plans have. We used untreated cedar fence boards as the loft floor as these are cheap and hold up well. We also capped the 2″x4″ trusses with 2″x2″ boards, so that the hardware cloth was sandwiched between the 2″x4″s and 2″x2″s – just a little extra security.
Here are some of the modifications we made:
We painted the outside of the whole coop and the little ramp that leads up to their loft to help protect the wood against the elements. We didn’t use any paint on the inside because GH&E always had a tendency to peck at paint that was peeling or a little chipped, and we don’t want the chemicals making their way onto our table. Eventually, we need to add a roof cap because, as it is, the roof will leak at the peak when it rains.
Check out Ana’s plans. They are free and so easy to modify based on your climate or needs! More pics below!