On a sleepy street in central Columbia stands the second of two coops designed by Ginny M. and built by her partner Scout with the helping hands of many of their community. The first coop was almost identical to this one, but it stayed with the house they sold.
This coop had to go up fast during their time of transitioning between houses. New lumber was purchased and Scout framed the walls out at the old house. After transporting the framed in walls to the current house, the foundation blocks were placed and leveled, the OSB nailed down, and the walls put up in only a few hours.
The Overshiner’s donated some time putting in the tresses as a house warming present, the roof went on, and the run was fenced in.
The glass door lets in lots of late fall, winter and spring light. The west side has plenty of room to store tools and feed. The west wall is solid and acts as a windbreak in the winter months, both for the coop and the run. The long roof extending over the run allows the hens to have a snow free area in winter as well as a dry area during the rains.
I love this idea of the extended western roof creating an open shed area!
The north windows have fencing covering them all year, but there is an option to install windows for the windiest weeks of winter. The windows facing east into the run are not covered by anything. Lots of good ventilation here! Again, the west wall protects the hens from the worst of Missouri’s east blowing winds. The roosting bar is wide side up so that the girls can completely cover their feet with their feathers in winter.
Ginny’s hens didn’t use the nest boxes in the last coop, so she didn’t install any in this coop. Instead the hens lay their eggs in the straw under the bench that hold their feed and water. dropping boards under the roosts allow for easy management of manure. In this case it gets moved into the compost fairly regularly.
You can see through the window openings into the coop. Metal roofing may not be cheaper dollar wise, but it never has to be replaced, never leaks, weighs less than shingles, and is reusable. This particular metal roofing wasn’t much more costly than shingles, maybe about 120-130%.