When I started building this coop in late summer of 2022 in Anchorage, I thought I’d have it done in a weekend or two. Instead, I was constantly frozen by decision fatigue and distracted by the dozens of other prepping for winter projects I had.
And now its winter and the coop is only 60% complete! Don’t worry, the girls are happy squatting in my insulated greenhouse for now. Once the coop is complete however, I will happily be evicting them!
One of my goals building this coop was to use up a lot of scrap wood I had acquired over the summer. Eventually though, the hassle of doing so without any organization in my shop at the time made it a huge headache and I finally caved and went out and bought 2×4’s from the big box store. They were priced around $4.75 at the time (August 2022). In late 2020 though they were nearly $9 each! So I was thankful the price came down on them at least.
Before choosing a coop design, or winging it like I am, it is important to come up with some core ideas/goals that you want to orbit around.
- Use reclaimed/scrap wood around the property to get rid of clutter
- South facing windows to collect thermal energy (windows were free!)
- Sled-base to make moving around easier if needed.
- Insulated but not airtight. Ventilation necessary to prevent humidity build up.
- Sides/trim inside to do deep litter/sand method
- Easy clean up, waterproof the inside and floor to make deep cleaning periodically easier.
In part two, I’ll discuss more about how I came to the design decisions I did. For now, here are a few progress pics!