For years I’ve written about the benefits of mobile chicken coops and I still love them. They worked great on the farm but when we moved to Quail Grove my instincts were saying things would be different here.
We’re further out in the country and the idea of moving a chicken coop at fifty on clay didn’t sound like fun anymore.
So, over the summer we took the mobile coop we brought from the farm and turned it into a stationary chicken coop.
Then I recently decided it was time to update with paint and incorporate a small run for days when the weather isn’t great for free ranging.
Updating with a Chicken Run
When the transfer went from mobile to stationary, I didn’t think about adding a chicken run.
This project was a real afterthought so figuring out how to connect the house and run wasn’t an easy task because the ground was still very wet and pretty uneven in areas.
The coop was positioned on legs and cross boards so moving it wasn’t going to happen either.
To incorporate a run another door was necessary, two actually and I ended up building a smaller run than originally planned. This addition was attached to the house with screws and any gaps were fitted with wood pieces.
The frame was built using 2 x 4’s measuring 8 ft. x 3 ft. which is sufficient for a small flock that spends the majority of their day free ranging.
Improving with Paint
I guess you could say this chicken coop got a major make over. It had a rustic appeal leftover from the farm until I decided to paint using the same colors as our Tiny House.
After being introduced to Sherman Williams paint and amazed at the finish well you could say I’ve been painting all sorts of things on the homestead.
Almost everything is getting an update and this paint really improved the look of our chicken coop.
If you like this chicken coop building plans are in my Homestead printables. I used these plans but scaled them back for a smaller coop.
I also removed the exterior nesting boxes and placed the roosting bars to the left and nesting boxes to the right inside.
These building plans are easy to modify and can be found here.
What about those Chickens?
The chickens are almost full grown; they were pleased with the new run; I’m thinking I may add a couple more hens in February. It’s been nice having them deplete the bug population and eat away at the weeds.
The least exciting phase of this project was adding the wire and while that was going on the chickens scattered.
I can’t express how much I dislike working with chicken wire. I found if you break the project into smaller steps and don’t hurry through it’s less frustrating.
I think these are things you learn as you get older because you have fewer things on your plate to manage. It took me a couple afternoons in 2-hour intervals to add wire and make the door.
Another helpful tip is to paint the frame before the wire is applied.
Here it is, our updated chicken coop that’s also easy to maintain. Their droppings fall through the wire floor and I gather with a shovel to fertilize the garden.
The chickens come and go as they please and if we have to leave, we can lock them up for safety.
A chicken coop doesn’t need to be elaborate to be functional and I found when you keep things simple it makes maintaining a lot less difficult. This is important when you have a lot of other things going on.
The final step will include dressing the coop with some cute signs, a few potted plants and rocks around the base of the run.
What’s your chicken coop look like?