So, Reddit user Shaunald has shared with us images and some details of the new chicken coop a friend of hers has built, while taking a break from his “aquaponics business”, suggesting that “he should get into the coop game full time”. I am in full agreement.
This coop is really extraordinary and as Shaunald says in the caption of one of the images, it has more automation than most homes! But there is no need for me to add anything else — just take a look at the images below and read the captions. Oh, just one thing before that. Shaunald adds this in the comments and I thought I should share it, too:
Since I’m reaping all this karma from his hard work I should throw a plug out there! Check out Vancouver Island Aquaponics.
Now here is the remarkable coop itself.
1. This is one deluxe chicken coop. It has more automation than most homes!
2. The inside before it got painted. Note the sliding door and the space for nesting boxes up above.
3. Most of the construction done, time to start prepping for paint. Notice the pond liner on the roof in preparation for the green roof.
4. All painted and moved into its first new location. By using a lever he can pop the coop up onto the wheels to move it around the yard.
5. The motor for the automatic door. He re-configured an old windshield wiper motor to open and close the door with the use of limit switches and a programmable timer. There is a piece of white coroplast blocking the entrance to the nesting box now so they don’t fall into the habit of sleeping up there. It will be opened up when they start laying.
6. The automatic sliding door. It currently opens at 7:30 am and closes at 10:30 pm. There’s also a ventilation window on the left.
7. The veranda and dust bath area. The birds use the dust bath (diatomaceous earth) to combat any mites they may get. Note the wheel and axle underneath for moving it around the yard.
8. The battery and timers / switches for the automatic door and light, all charged by the solar panel.
9. The waterer. It has an internal valve from a toilet reservoir that allows us to hook up a hose for automatic top-up. The birds get water by tapping on the drip emitters with their beaks.
10. Oyster shell dispenser to supplement the calcium hungry diets of the chickens when they are laying eggs.
11. The nesting area. You can see the white coroplast partition is up on the left until they start laying at the age of 18 weeks, but there are 2 boxes, and each has a gap at the back. The whole thing is on a 4 degree slope, so once the chicken stands up after laying an egg the egg will gently roll to the back so he can collect it. This prevents the chickens from eating the egg or going broody. Another bonus is you don’t have to battle any hens to get the eggs out from under them! The nesting area is painted dark because chickens prefer a darker area to nest in.
12. Inside the coop. 2 removable roosts, ventilation, and a light for making longer day lengths during the winter. The light is attached to a photo sensor and turns on only when it gets dark out during our programmed hours. The light is powered by a solar panel.
13. The chicken coop is mobile. By using a lever the wheels can be locked down and the coop can be moved.
14. Here the wheels are locked down showing the raised coop. Here you can also see the feeder. He used PVC 90┬░ 4″ fittings into the hopper so the birds can poke their head in to get at the feed, but can’t spread the feed around the yard.
15. This window is on a hinge so once he installs the automatic heat activated louvre it will open when it’s hot and close when it’s cool.
16. The green roof! He planted all drought tolerant succulents. The solar panel and photosensor are up top. The green roof even includes drainage with downspouts on either side.
17. The coop in location!
Share this highly advanced chicken coop with your friends below — some of them may want to get one for themselves.