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Published on May 11, 2010
Vid was taken in winter of 09 I built this chicken coop using 2 interior doors and scrap wood from a local construction job. The siding was a freebie from craigslist, and the two windows were scavenged from the dump. All in all the only thing I needed to buy was a 12 foot 2x4, hinges for the windows, some chicken wire, and some foam insulation for all the gaps. The roost was made from a closet rod. I have since recieved a 12 foot by 12 by 12 by 8 by 8 six foot tall dog pen for free to give them a large area to run when they are locked in. I let them free range when I'm home but due to some dog attacks I keep them in the pen otherwise. The sliding door is not on any tracks it just slides freely and has been working ok for about a year. This coop holds my 8 hens in comfort, and was intentionally left on the small side for the cold New Hampshire winters, so they could stay warm with their body heat. The drop light seen had been used on the very cold nights and was on a timer during the short winter days, so they would still produce eggs, but they keep pecking the bulb out, so I will need to think up something better for next winter.