Photo by Cindy Benkert


Congratulations to Cindy Benkert for winning second place in the McMurray Hatchery Poultry Coop Photo Contest.  She won second place and a $50 Murray McMurray gift certificate. Here is Cindy’s description of the coop:

This chicken coop was built and designed by my wonderful husband Dale.  This past winter, I was reading through poultry magazines and always loved seeing the beautiful chicken coops in all shapes and sizes.  Our 13 year old son Jordan is also a big chicken lover and shows chickens in 4-H.

This spring I convinced my husband it would be a great project for he and Jordan to build us a new chicken coop! Using pictures of coops from magazines as inspiration of things we liked, Dale planned out and designed the coop.  Jordan helped with the construction, and I helped with the painting. When picking out the paint color, as soon as I saw the color “Egg Yolk Yellow” I knew that was the one!

One side of the coop has a large door that lifts upwards for easy cleaning of the coop.  It also has a side entrance door for easy access to the food and water.  The roof and top of the attached nest box area are shingled. The many windows allow nice air flow through the coop.

We have 5 laying hens and 1 bantam rooster in the coop but it could easily hold a few more.  We let them out for a few hours each evening to roam about the yard for grass and bugs. When I go to close them in for the night I just peek thru the window and count them all lined up on the perch to be certain they are all in.

Chicken Coop Size

The dimensions of the coop are as follows:

The house itself is 8 ft long by 4 ft wide and has 4 ft high walls, but the roof peek is 6 ft. It is 2 feet off the ground.

The attached nest boxes are 16″ high by 1 foot wide and 8 feet long for a total of 6 nest boxes.  The frame of the house is made of 2 x 2’s.  The outside run is 4 feet high, 16 feet long and 8 feet wide.

I have attached a few additional photos to better illustrate the features. Our family loves are chicken coop and we thank you all so much!

Cindy, Dale, and Jordan Benkert

 More Photos

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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