Photo by Jennifer Gallus


Congratulations to Jennifer Gallus for winning third place in the McMurray Hatchery Poultry Coop Photo Contest.  Jennifer won a $25 Murray McMurray Hatchery gift certificate.

Here is Jennifer’s description of the coop:

Our coop was handmade by my husband in the Spring of 2010 after years of looking for an old style, round-top chicken coop (we have one that we fixed up, but we wanted another one).

After not finding what we wanted, my husband who’s a carpenter, decided to make one from scratch. He designed it on paper and then got started. He hand made the trusses, which took the longest. The side windows have stacked glass block in them. The front windows were made by my husband’s cousin, and the cupola on top was made by a family friend.

It is a 12′ x 10′ coop with a 16′ x 10′ run out the back. The inside is divided into two areas, one for egg layers and one area for show birds – both have runs out the back.

We have about 50 chickens in it right now. What we like best is taking pride in the original build and the old-style look of it. The only thing we would change is that the nesting box lid is too heavy… we made it with too thick of wood, then you get the shingles on top of that and that makes it even heavier.

The barn and our Polish chickens were featured in a local farm publication. I think one of the interesting features is the interior design with old pictures, a clock, hanging corn, and we framed the ribbons we received at the county fair for our eggs and hung it in the barn – that way the egg layers can enjoy their fair winnings!!

Other Winners in the Coop Contest

To see the other winners in the coop contest, visit the link below

Poultry Coop Photo Contest – Winner Announcement