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Free Chicken coop plans from Lowes!

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Includeds diagram, instructions and a list of materials!
http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Fowl_Play_0511.aspx

Hope this helps someone!


Edited by Tootie23 - 5/7/11 at 10:43am
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post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by Tootie23 

Includeds diagram, instructions and a list of materials!
http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Fowl_Play_0511.aspx

Hope this helps someone!


That is pretty awesome.  A perfect plan for suburban/city flocks!  I'm going to share that with friends who'd like to get started.  Thanks for the link!

1 LS, 1 Barnevelder, 3 Ameraucanas, 1  Marans/LS X, 1 Salmon Faverolles, 1 BCM, and 1 Araucana, 1 Ameraucana/Marans X. 2 blue Imported English Orpingtons.  3 silkies in the VF bantam coop. Wife of one tolerant DH, Mom to Lily - a wonderful WSU college junior, Pomeranian Dasher, two cats, Ali and Dorian, and one Cockatiel. 

RIP Sweet Gryffin - our perfect Golden boy.

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1 LS, 1 Barnevelder, 3 Ameraucanas, 1  Marans/LS X, 1 Salmon Faverolles, 1 BCM, and 1 Araucana, 1 Ameraucana/Marans X. 2 blue Imported English Orpingtons.  3 silkies in the VF bantam coop. Wife of one tolerant DH, Mom to Lily - a wonderful WSU college junior, Pomeranian Dasher, two cats, Ali and Dorian, and one Cockatiel. 

RIP Sweet Gryffin - our perfect Golden boy.

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post #3 of 23

Wow, I really like this a lot!  I like the contemporary style.

The run underneath looks pretty small though.

I'm sure this costs over $200 to build.

2 Dominiques - hopefully that will be it.
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2 Dominiques - hopefully that will be it.
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post #4 of 23

Sorry, I was off on the over $200 estimate.

According to the site the estimate is $530!!ep

2 Dominiques - hopefully that will be it.
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2 Dominiques - hopefully that will be it.
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post #5 of 23

Yes, it's very cute but are they serious??? $520. for that little coop?

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post #6 of 23

Yeah, I question the price tag too.  does that include the cost of the tools or is it just the lumber?  Then again, yeah, if you use high quality lumber vs the cheapest sheathing they have (that's what I did) then yeah, the cost can be higher.  And I've lost track on how much I've spent on screws.

It would make a cute little outdoor brooder for older chicks and a nice isolation pen, but I think the underneath run is too small.  Add wheels though and you have a chicken tractor!

From the bustling metropolitan area of Meadow, NC (which has only 2 signs on I-40 and a caution light!)
Chicken mom of 6 Buff Orps and 5 Speckled Sussex (all hatched around April 13th, 2011).  Dog mom to two GBDs (Generic Black Dogs) and 2 great kids with Autism.  Oh yeah, and a coop building hubby.
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From the bustling metropolitan area of Meadow, NC (which has only 2 signs on I-40 and a caution light!)
Chicken mom of 6 Buff Orps and 5 Speckled Sussex (all hatched around April 13th, 2011).  Dog mom to two GBDs (Generic Black Dogs) and 2 great kids with Autism.  Oh yeah, and a coop building hubby.
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post #7 of 23

In the one photo, it almost looks like the roost is above the food??  I hope I'm wrong!

There are some good ideas in this, and there are ways to make it cheaper - sure seems like a 2x4 would be cheaper for a roost than a closet pole, and I'd move the door to a side to save floor space.....

post #8 of 23

My first thought is that saying you never hear, "I wish I would have made my coop smaller."  It's a very nice design, but way to small.

Mark

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Originally Posted by F106A 

My first thought is that saying you never hear, "I wish I would have made my coop smaller."  It's a very nice design, but way to small.

Mark


Wise words. It's very cute but totally impractical for the cost. And I just cringe thinking of what the first spatters of poop are going to do to it. sad

Too many designers of small coops probably have little real-world experience with raising chickens and don't really understand their requirements for MORE space than LESS in order to be healthy and live well.

post #10 of 23

don't know if its the same nationwide - but both home depot and lowe's in my area give a 10% discount to veterans - no matter how long you have been out - which helps!   I have been out for 24 years and I still get a discount

2 human kids, 18 feathered babies, 2 felines and a big bad guard dog all call me momma.. thank goodness I used surrogate moms for everyone but the humans!
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2 human kids, 18 feathered babies, 2 felines and a big bad guard dog all call me momma.. thank goodness I used surrogate moms for everyone but the humans!
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