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2/2/16 at 5:56am
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2/2/16 at 6:32am
If you buy your lumber at Home Depot or Lowe's you can have them cut it for you or cut it yourself. They will cut plywood to your dimensions. I've purchased 1x6 rough hewn pine boards in 16' lengths and they cut them all in to 4' lengths for me. You can even cut smaller trim pieces to length there.
You won't be able to cut angle cuts at the store though, but if you pick up a mitre box and saw you can cut those at home. Sure, it takes more time and elbow grease than using a power compound mitre saw but it's cheaper than buying or renting the tools.
I'd look for a design that uses a minimum amount of cuts and that eliminates waste. For example, if a coop is 6 feet long you'll need to cut down 2 pieces of plywood and you'll end up with two 2' pieces of waste. If that wall was 4 feet long though, you'd only need one sheet of plywood cut in half. Only one cut and no waste. You can frame out an 8'x4' coop with very few cuts.
A raised coop is the way to go if you're on a tight budget. You don't need to have fancy exterior access nest boxes either. If you really think your design through, you will come up with ways to work with your limited budget and with the tools and skills you have. Plus, you could always ask friends or neighbors if they have tools you can borrow.
post #14 of 22
2/2/16 at 6:36am
You're in Florida, right? You will need a fair amount of ventilation for your hot summers. I imagine that large openings covered in hardware cloth would be better options. You can always make little doors/shutters for them if you want to close them.
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2/2/16 at 6:58am
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2/2/16 at 9:06am
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2/2/16 at 9:21am
be good at keeping your chickens in, but not so good at keeping unwanted visitors out!!