Coop de Steve

Have you ever thought of having a chicken coop?  Maybe just the coop and not the chickens?  I understand- it keeps it romantic (no poop), clean (again, no poop) and coops are just cool objects.  A little architectural folly for the common man.  I love to see what people come up with to house their chickens.  There is such a variety out there.

Nogg chicken coop

A made to order coop from Nogg

Our friends Steve and Alessandra recently became chicken havers.  They started out as chicken sharers, sharing a flock of egg laying and meat chickens with one of their friends.  The chickens were kept at the friend’s house.  It was a nice entry into the world of backyard chickendry for them.  When the chickens were ready to butcher they loaded them up in a horse trailer, brought them to our house and we showed them how it was done.

Last year they decided to build a coop and raise layer chickens at their house.  They have a great plot of land really close to the plaza (old downtown Santa Fe).  It feels secluded but it’s close to everything.  Alessandra works from home. She’s a tile ceramacist and has a studio next to their house.  Right outside of her studio was a great site to put the coop. It was close to the house but not too close and she could watch them from her studio as she worked.

Steve worked up the plans and used left over materials from building their house.  He put together one of my favorite footprints for a coop.

Framing of the coop

Framing the coop

To keep predators out and to keep the chickens safe at night he covered the flooring with wire.  Over the wire is dirt and bedding.

Wire on the flooring

Wire on the floor

The coop is 60 sq ft (5’x12′) and is home to 15 hens.  The chicken yard is about 10’x12′.

The door is up!

The door is up!

They live in what we lovingly refer to as ‘coyote alley’.  Because they have coyotes regularly coming by it was necessary to fence off an outdoor yard.

Framing the outdoor yard

Framing the outdoor yard

It’s finished!  I love the airy feel this coop has.  You just want to sit down and have a cup of tea and watch the chickens.

Steve and Alessandra also participate in a goat share.  It’s a really great concept for those that don’t want to ‘own’ the animal but want some of the work for some of the benefits, that being goat milk.  If you live in the Santa Fe area and are interested they have a few openings.  Email them at sfgoatcoop at gmail dot com.

Do you have chickens and or a coop you’d like to share? Contact Us so we can share your creation in a future post.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted November 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I have a 4×8 coop/run combo and also have fenced off a little more space in the yard for my 5 hens to roam. I didn’t build the coop myself, though. A carpenter built it and set it up for me. The coop/run is  skirted with 12 inch wide hardware cloth. While we do have coyotes in Chicago, I’ve never seen one my area. The hens need protection from raccoons, though.

    • Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      It sounds like a great set up.  I’m more fearful of raccoons.  Coyotes are easier to keep out in my experience.

  2. Posted November 28, 2011 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Very cool. But the Serb has a mortifying phobia of chickens. It’s actually kinda funny (don’t tell him I told you that)…

    • Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

      But think of the writing material!  He should take one for the team…really, he should.

  3. Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    I so want chickens.   I love the spaceship like egg shaped hen house.

    • Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:38 am | Permalink

      Over at our  Pinterest account I have all sorts of fun coops ‘pinned’.  You should check it out.

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