Building Magnolia Manor

When we first went from four to six chickens is when we realized our small, pre-fab coop just wasn’t cutting the mustard. The wood was aging quickly, it wasn’t very secure, and it was getting to be too small.

I suggested we hire someone to build us a coop. We’d find plans for a coop we liked online, hire a contractor, and have it done. We got some quotes, and looked at coop ideas, and after a couple of weeks Hubby decided he was going to build it himself.

functional and cute.

Our current coop was so hard to clean it took two of us to do it. We came up with a creative way around our lack of yard space and aversion to putting the coop and run directly down on our pavers: palettes. We stapled hardware cloth to two palettes, and put the coop on top of them. To clean it, Hubby had to pick up the entire coop and run and move it so we could get at the hay. Such a pain.

For the new coop, we both wanted a nice big hatch that we could open and clean the whole thing out in one sweep. We also were going to make the new coop elevated to about waist high. Not only would this help with our current flooding issue, but it will also make it easier to clean.

Our old coop wasn’t my idea of cute. When we first got it, my intentions were to paint it, but it just didn’t work out.

I also knew we needed roosts because even though our Silkies slept in a huddle, our Polish likes to roost.

So, we set out one Sunday to buy lumber, power tools, and pick out paint. We spent the next four weekends in a row building the bigger coop, and it came out amazing! Daffodil couldn’t wait to get inside.

We found adorable white barn door hardware for the hatch, complete with hinges and latch. Hubby lined the bottom of the coop platform with mini white picket fence, and I worked out this locking system for the chicken door using a wooden heart. At night, we flip the door up and turn the heart upside down to cover it.

We lined the bottom of the coop floor with cheap vinyl tiles to help keep the wood clean and dry.

And the roosts? Hubby made a ladder-style roost, we added an eye to the bottom roost, and a hook to one of the top beams of the coop. The roosts are attached to the back of the coop with more hooks and eyes. When it’s time to clean the bedding, the roosts fold up and the hook holds it out of the way. When I need to clean the roosts themselves, i simply unhook them from the wall. Couldn’t be any easier!

I decided on adorable white easter baskets for nest boxes. Admittedly, they are not the best nest boxes, but they look to stinkin’ cute!

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