Who doesn’t love fresh eggs? I know I do and this guy definitely does. So much so in fact, that he decided to build a chicken coop so he could have fresh eggs every morning. He started asking around about how to build a nice coop but was told not to bother; that the mess and the maintenance would be too much. Having some talent when it comes to building, he decided to show his friends that it could be done with nearly no maintenance or mess and look great sitting in the yard.
He started by building a sturdy frame with entrances and a loft for nesting. Notice the sliding door in the bottom left. He made sure to caulk all the seams for insulation.
Here is the exterior before paint. The roof is concave and covered with a pond liner for good reason.
It’s all painted now, barn red of course. He built a stand with wheels on it that can be lifted using a simple lever in order to move the coop anywhere around the yard he pleases.
He configured a windshield wiper motor from a car to open and close the door automatically. He used limit switches and timers to keep everything completely automated.
The door from the outside. It opens at 7:30 am and closes at 10:00 pm. There’s also a ventilation window next to the door.
Just outside the door is a dust bath platform, which allows the chickens to clean themselves preventing mites. Note the wheels underneath that are used to relocate the coop when necessary.
Built into the side is the “control room”. This contains the battery and limit switches. This area also contains the timers. All of this is charged continuously with a solar panel.
He even added an adjustable water container fitted with a toilet valve so he can just hook up a hose and it will automatically fill when the levels get low. He attached drip emitters that release water when the chickens tap them with their beaks.
This is an oyster shell dispenser that provides the bird’s calcium when they are laying eggs.
Here is the nesting area. Right now it is blocked by the white piece on the left until the birds are mature enough to lay eggs. It has a 4 degree slope so when the chickens stand after laying an egg it will gently roll down into the collection area which is also separated. This prevents birds from eating the eggs and allows an easy grab for him. He painted it a darker color because chickens prefer a dark area when laying eggs.
He added a light that is also on a timer for the winter months. There are roosting platforms that can easily be removed. He provided adequate ventilation and hooked the light up to a photo cell which turns the light on when it gets dark for the amount of time he programmed on the timer.
Here is the lever that moves the wheels into position so it can easily be moved around the yard.
Underneath the coop he installed two 4″ openings that allow the birds to stick their heads in to get food but it doesn’t allow the bird food to spill all over the yard.
He added hinges to the windows and will be installing automatic openers that will be hooked up to a temperature sensor. If it gets too hot, the windows open. If it’s too cold, they close.
He filled the concave roof with soil and planted drought resistant succulents. He installed two drainage pipes on both sides of the green roof.
It compliments his yard perfectly.
The finished product
This is probably the coolest chicken coop I’ve ever seen! I love how automated it is, making it almost maintenance free. I sure wish my house was like this.