Welcome to the Queen Bee Coop-on Tour. Every day for a couple weeks I’m featuring a different chicken coop! These were all sent in by Queen Bee readers. This coop was sent in my Theresa in Maple Valley, South King County area. This style of coop is called a Hoop Coop. It’s 20 x 6 feet long – so it’s a big coop!
Cost: About $275 to $300
Who built? We built it. We recycled fishing nets from a neighbor. Fencing and lumber were salvaged from family and construction job sites. We used hog panels, lumber, fish netting and chain link. 3/4 of the materials are recycled from old projects or job construction sites! We have a hen house attached to the back for easy egg gathering. It took us awhile to collect all the materials but once we had it all took three days to build.
What kind of chickens do you have? We have 18 hens – We have Buff Orphington, Red and Black Sexlink, Rhode Island Reds, Bardrock, Speckled Sussex, Ameracauna, Blue Laced Wyandotte, Silver Wyandotte, and Black Australop! We call them the Sweet Lady Layers!
How many eggs do you get? We get about 12 eggs a day! Some of my girls are older and some are new layers this year so my numbers can vary. We have 5 children (3 teenagers) so we use most of our eggs but in the summer I sell a few to co-workers and neighbors.
Tips for new chicken owners: My advice to new owners is to learn some creative new egg recipes! We get our feed at Coastal Farm and Ranch. They have a buy 10 get one free deal plus we get a 10% military discount! We buy all 11 bags at once. But they do a punch card. We needed to really predator proof our coop and this hoop coop does that. We also can tarp it in the winter and keep the ladies dry!
Thank you Theresa for sharing your coop with us! I have never seen this style of coop and I love it! It’s great that 3/4 of the materials were recycled – that saves a lot of money. I would have never thought to use fishing nets – that’s a fantastic idea.
Just joining us? You can check the earlier coops out here:
- Chicken Coop Tour – Electricity, gutters, porch lights, patio – oh my! Cost about $650 (Tacoma, WA)
- Chicken Coop Tour – Mother’s day gift, nestled in the garden, three chickens (Olympia, WA)
- Chicken Coop Tour – DIY coop, four chickens, cost about $400 (tongue and groove cedar!)
- Chicken Coop Tour – South King County, nine chickens, about $200 to build
Do you have chicken coop? I’d love to see photos and you can be featured here on Queen Bee! Email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line coop tour.
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