Today I’m sharing more photos of the inside of the chicken coop! The previous two posts were Converting a Shed to a Chicken Coop and Building Nesting Boxes. This is from the outside of the coop wall looking towards the inside. The galvanized metal trash can stores feed and the window above the nesting boxes flips up to provide more ventilation. All the window were reclaimed from my sister’s house when she re-did hers. We covered the windows in hardware cloth to keeps predators out.
To the right of the nesting boxes is the door to the coop side of the depot. Our friend Michelle gave us the old reclaimed door. I decided not to paint it because I loved the character. I bought the sign “Our Roost, Our Rules” two years ago from a veteran named The Crafty Cowboy, aka Jason Reddy. He was recently featured in the Atlanta Magazine here!
Inside the coop to the right is the roosting area. I used 2″x4″ deck boards for the roosting bars because the edges are slightly rounded. They sit down into brackets and can easily be removed for cleaning. I found these huge automotive oil pans and set them up below the roosting bars as poop boards. It will help make cleanup a lot easier!
Boo built the cute little ramp you see to help them get up onto the bars while they are still small:
Opposite the roosting bars I made these PVC feeders. I didn’t invent them, they’ve been around for a while in the chicken world:
The tops screw off for refilling and gravity pulls the feed down. So far it’s been working great and the chicks don’t make much of a mess. I’ll raise the feeders a bit once they get a little bigger:
For the floor of the coop I used Valspar’s Anti-skid Porch & Floor Paint from Lowe’s:
I was going to use linoleum but I wanted a floor that was more gritty to keep the bedding in place. The deck paint was easy to apply and will protect the wood underneath. It can be hosed off too if needed:
After weighing a gazillion bedding options (sand, hay, peat moss, etc) I decided to go with pine shavings. I like that it’s soft and low in dust. It’s also easy to buy in big bulk packs for storage from Tractor Supply. When the bedding needs changing I move it out the door into the chicken run where I keep a mix of sand, dirt, shavings and mulch. It seems like a pretty natural habitat for a chicken!
On hot summer nights when they are in the coop I made this little screen door so they’ll have more ventilation. It locks securely into place using old window locks:
Of course they needed a Home Sweet Home sign! I used a pre-made sign from Michaels and just painted the letters on:
Here’s a sneak peek at the coop / run combo! It’s all coming together. I’ll have more pics soon.
And a sneak peak at the potting shed side of the depot:
A big thank you to Lowe’s Home Improvement who made much of this project possible!