Chicken Coop Photo and Description from Jennifer Gallus

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

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7 Responses to Chicken Coop Photo and Description from Jennifer Gallus

  1. Patti Day says:

    It must give you a lot of pleasure to look out and see the work of your family and friends. What a masterpiece.

  2. diane wilder says:

    love it

  3. Charlotte says:

    I love the design of this coop with the run behind. If this was a kit you could buy, I’d be first in line! It reminds me of the old architectural style coops that you don’t see much of any more. Congratulations on a job well done!

  4. Gary Ingersoll says:

    This shows what workmanship and the love of a job well done is. Skill and craftsmanship, designing, creating, doing it with the skill most of us lack by far!!!! A definite winner if you ask me. No one has tho. This doesn’t show what having more money than a small nation to build a chicken house is like, like first place winner.

  5. Mary Ann says:

    Wow whats not to love about this coop? I think you deserved better then a 3rd place. =0) Your husband did a fantastic job!

  6. Jeanmarie says:

    This one is by far my favorite!

  7. Robin says:

    THIS is a masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!!
    Even the dormers are rounded!!!!!!!!!
    My goodness!!!
    You should have WON!!!!!!!
    We are building a big barn right now, wish I could hire you!!!

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