We have had backyard chickens since we moved in 12 years ago. Back then we had just bought our house and were trying our best to furnish it, so we didn't really have a budget for coop materials. My mom had recently asked the local boy scouts to come and help dismantle an old shed that she no longer needed. We were going to help take the pieces to the dump. When we saw the 2x4s, 2x6s, and some of the plywood, we knew they were still in pretty good shape and we could reuse it for the coop. Fast forward 12 years and the plywood was really ready for retirement this time. So with the help of HomeRight and our Super Finish Max sprayer, we gave our previously red coop and much needed makeover and turned it into a shiny new white chicken coop... with some upgrades!
Shane was in charge of taking the before picture since he was taking the roof off while I was working in the garden. He failed. But you can see how worn the plywood was at least in this shot.
This photo was about 7 years ago after we repatinted it to spruce it up a bit.
We started by taking off all the old plywood. The we took the top part of the coop off of the base. I built a new base that had more wood beams going across the bottom to better support the chicken wire. We like having a couple layers of chicken wire for the bottom because then we never have to clean it out. Everything eventually falls through and can be cleaned up easily.
We added new plywood siding and a new roof. The base got legs too!
Before we added the shingles, I sprayed the whole thing white with my Super Finish Max paint sprayer (affiliate link). It was done in no time at all. Then I laid a tarp out and sprayed all the trim a dark gray to match the new shingles.
I hated it.
I only got a couple of trim boards up before I knew I didn't like it at all. When I looked at it, it looked like a cheap shed. My husband didn't mind it and I know it isn't the ugliest thing ever, but it was not the look I was going for.
I took the trim off and painted it white.
Much better! The little door I built was the cherry on the top. I have always wanted a white chicken coop but held off because of the potential for it to always be dirty. And guess what? I may hate it later on and regret my choice. But it is just paint. It can be changed. I am hoping with the legs keeping it up off the ground, that it will help. We also are going to lay down straw all over the ground to cover the dirt. We did that for years but recently got lazy and stopped.
I built a new ramp as well. I had tried to just paint the old one but it was badly warped and once I changed the color of the trim, I didn't want the ramp to be gray either. I'm hoping the brown will hide the dirt better!
Our chickens had stopped laying in the coop. They kind of just laid all over the pen in the dirt and the haystack. Now that the coop is fixed, they all lay in the nesting boxes!
You can see the wire floor as well as the 2x4 that runs the length of the coop opposite of the nesting boxes for them to roost at night.
And even with the addition of legs, our youngest can still reach in and collect the eggs.
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I'd love to hear what you think about the changes I made to our coop. Do you have chickens? What is your coop like?
And if you are curious about raising backyard chickens, I wrote a post all about it HERE!
This post is sponsored by HomeRight but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own!
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