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my coop ain't pretty but it works

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Built this coop and run with limited new materials, mostly wood that I had laying around. most new wood went into the coop structure itself. It is still in the process of being finished, but the chickens and ducks grew to quickly, and I only have 2 days off a week. There was no drawn up plan just an Idea in my head of what my wife wanted.we have no trees around so free ranging is not a good Idea. I wanted the run big enough for them to get some exercise, as well as some freedom to roam and explore. A duck pond was a given. Need happy Ducks.

 

 

I know its a little redneck looking

 

coop door opens and closes viva a cable from outside

 

the roof still needs shingles, but the tarp works for now till we free up more funds. Donations are always accepted. LOL

 

because of our lack of trees, it gets real windy here so the back wall is a wind block.

 

The duck house if I can ever get them to use it. it is made from a re-purposed dog house

 

And of course a duck pond made from the galvanized tub we used as the ducks brooder

the red rails on the bottom of the run are re-purposed deck railing flipped upside down. The whole  run is encased in chicken wire, even the top. (we have hawks)

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I love creative coops. My first was built from left over materials from a lot of building projects. It's amazing what  you can do with old shed tongue and groove planking and a few sheets of metal barn siding. The 4/8 two story coop cost the whole sum of 20$ in nails and hardware. My new coop is going to be a recycled shed. I just finished putting corrugated metal siding on one end that a friend gave to us. I need to put up a wall, door and ventilation and I'm good to go. The new coop will be four times larger than the old one. The chickens should be VERY happy. Good job on your build. I can well sympathize with you about not free ranging. We have hawks also along with the occasional bald eagle.

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One nest box down

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