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I accidentally built a Chicken Castle (my 1st coop)

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A few months ago my wife and I decided on chickens ... we looked high and low for a good coop but the largest (but yet smallest) coops were ~$400. Certainly I could build something better ... for a modest $500-600 ? 



 



So, thus began a 6 week project (mostly due to rain - ridiculously large amounts of rain for Texas). 



 



Details:



 



- Run space - 196 sqft



- Run Space minus Coop Space - 148 sqft



- Coop Space - 48 sqft (doesn't include 5 nest boxes at ~12in x 12in)



 



Other details:



 



- Run is 6 feet tall (for the humans)



- Electrical is available to the coop, just not installed yet


- Roof is insulated


- Vinyl is stapled to the floor for easy cleaning



 



I've attached a few pictures below, but also included a link to the full gallery. I will say, this turned into a much bigger project than I thought it would ... the total cost was probably closer to $1100.



 



Chickens:



 



- 2 Blue Wyandotte's



- 3 Rhode Island Red's



- 1 Columbian



- 1 Silkie (Ended up being a Rooster)



 



Plan to get roughly ~9 more.



 



Link to full gallery: http://s166.photobucket.com/user/b1hojo22/library/Chicken%20Castle



 





 





 





 





 





 





 





 





 





 




Edited by afviolettes - 5/25/16 at 9:22pm
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Very Nice!!

Don't worry...you'll spend more $$$ before it's over :D

 

Does your ramp have a closable door (pop door) to shut at night - couldn't tell in the photos?

Reason asking is predators can easily get through chicken wire, unfortunately chicken wire is more for keeping chickens in, not things out.

I do recommend hardware cloth over the windows for predator protection instead of chicken wire and closing the girls up at night.

 

I'm sure you will get more input, but good job!

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Wyorp,

Not at the moment - I'm getting an automatic one soon... As far as the predators my 3 yappy dogs are doing a good job of literally keeping anything and everything out... With 6-8 ft fences around my yard I hope that keeps the "bigger" predators out, but I intend to put cloth on the windows and vents at least

Thanks for the inputs.
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Sounds like a good plan :thumbsup

post #5 of 12

pictures of coops like this is worth the  :thumbsup

 

what's the final price tag?  if you don't mind sharing

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pictures of coops like this is worth the  " src="http://files.backyardchickens.com/img/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="width:49px;">what's the final price tag?  if you don't mind sharing

Bruce,

I was shooting for 650-750... After 800 I stopped keeping track... I'd say final was probably 950-1200
Edited by afviolettes - 6/4/16 at 7:41am
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Bruce,

I was shooting for 650-750... After 800 I stopped keeping track... I'd say final was probably 950-1200

:D

 

that's about 2x the estimate budget there.. but it's a nice looking coop/coop

 

did you waterproof the woods?  it will help it last longer (protection against water and sun exposure)

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post #8 of 12
Very nice!
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It's wonderful! smile.png
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post #10 of 12

I love it. I'll hire you for my next one.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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