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post #21 of 101

this is awesome!

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Originally Posted by Moogie 

Aw, you guys are just so nice - thank you!  love  It may be a while before we try such a project again, lol! 

And thank you, nurse_turtle and chemguy, for your help with the windows. I'll definitely try that!  bow  We just couldn't figure out why they didn't close - they just seem to defy gravity...  wink

Joan1708, who has a "peep at the coops"?  That sounds like something I'd love to go to!!

Citychick and Wolftracks, I used the part that I cut out of the ceiling to make the end caps. After I cut through the ceiling, I realized that they'd used a double-thickness of plywood up there. So I used a pencil and string to draw an arc on a piece of butcher paper and just drew around my pattern on the wood pieces.  If I did it again, I'd be sure to make the cutout 12" longer than the width of the crate, so I'd have a 6" overhang on each side. Mine only has a 3" overhang on each side and I was lucky to have that!  I cut out the ventilation openings and attached screening to the inside.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/thumbs/95738_dsc_1019.jpg

We attached 2x4's on all four edges of the top of the crate and attached the end caps to that (at the bottom), with three 2x4's flush with the endcaps at the very top, as rafters, that the corrugated roofing would attach to. Wish I'd taken a picture before we added the roofing panels...

For anyone in this area who's interested, there's a guy in Lewisville who sells this size shipping crate on Craigslist for $150. I thought that was a bargain, since most coops this size on CL sell for $1000 to $1500. He mostly sells them as deer blinds.  PM me for more info, if you'd like...


You need to build another one and enter the coop contests with it. You discription helped me figure out more of what to do. Thank you.

You guys did just an awesome job. You should be very proud of yourselves.

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post #23 of 101

Oh, now I have serious coop envy.  Worse case I've ever experienced.  That is SO gorgeous!!!
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Edited by gryeyes - 1/8/12 at 6:01pm

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #24 of 101

that is awesome! I love the roof.

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post #25 of 101

Very nice Moogie. I have a project coming up soon and I thing you have given me some what of a great idea. If my wife gets the job she has been interviewing for we will be moving approx 1700 miles if the other job comes through we will be relocating as well but only 800+ miles. Either way we will be moving if the positions come through. I have been giving some thought to how do we do this with the girls and a crate is a great idea so that we have a ready to move in coop when we get to the new area and have a home they are not only familiar with but one that functions the minute we touch down. You have given me the answer I think we need. Thank you.

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post #26 of 101
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You need to build another one and enter the coop contests with it.

Build another one?  th

But I have wondered how to connect 2 or 3 crates to make a divided coop...

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Never complain about growing old ... 'tis a privilege denied to many" ~Mark Twain~
Home to my wonderful, chicken-tolerant DH, 2 sweet Golden Retrievers, 2 Black Copper Marans, 4 Barred Rocks, 2 Americaunas, a BO named Princess Buttercup, a Welsummer, 1 light Brahma, a Buff Brahma, 1 Large Jersey Giant,
4 Cream Legbars and 2 Silverlaced Wyandottes (named Crowella de Ville).
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post #27 of 101

I wish I would have though of that very bright idea your coop looks very nice and you recycled.

post #28 of 101

What a GREAT looking coop! I love all the light your coop has. I agree that the weight of the windows/gravity and the relationship to the hinges you chose are why they're not closing by themselves. A simple solution might be to just put a stopper at the bottom of the windows. You could just use a piece of wood on a swivel and turn it to keep the windows closed when you want. Love the 'chunnel' too! I know when we moved our girls out to their new coop this last Fall, we did have to shooo them in and then close them in for a few nights for them to get the idea. Now we'll turn around early at dusk and the've put themselves to bed and it's time for us to go up and close up the coop.

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Originally Posted by SteveBaz 

Very nice Moogie. I have a project coming up soon and I thing you have given me some what of a great idea. If my wife gets the job she has been interviewing for we will be moving approx 1700 miles if the other job comes through we will be relocating as well but only 800+ miles. Either way we will be moving if the positions come through. I have been giving some thought to how do we do this with the girls and a crate is a great idea so that we have a ready to move in coop when we get to the new area and have a home they are not only familiar with but one that functions the minute we touch down. You have given me the answer I think we need. Thank you.


Wow--I really hope one of those jobs works out for you and your wife!  And I hope the crate coop works for you as well.  Since they were made for shipping, with skids on the bottom, they're easy to load with a forklift -- which is how they loaded it on the trailer when we bought it. Now getting it off was a bit trickier with no forklift around here...so we just asked all our sons and nephews to help and they kindly obliged!  clap

Good luck and I hope it all goes well for you!

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Home to my wonderful, chicken-tolerant DH, 2 sweet Golden Retrievers, 2 Black Copper Marans, 4 Barred Rocks, 2 Americaunas, a BO named Princess Buttercup, a Welsummer, 1 light Brahma, a Buff Brahma, 1 Large Jersey Giant,
4 Cream Legbars and 2 Silverlaced Wyandottes (named Crowella de Ville).
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Never complain about growing old ... 'tis a privilege denied to many" ~Mark Twain~
Home to my wonderful, chicken-tolerant DH, 2 sweet Golden Retrievers, 2 Black Copper Marans, 4 Barred Rocks, 2 Americaunas, a BO named Princess Buttercup, a Welsummer, 1 light Brahma, a Buff Brahma, 1 Large Jersey Giant,
4 Cream Legbars and 2 Silverlaced Wyandottes (named Crowella de Ville).
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post #30 of 101

Moogie
I just realized that I was going to comment on the hinges also but did not in my post above. I think the reason your windows do not seat properly is the hinges are door hinges and are meant to close like a door and they are stretching open beyond the wood. You need to re-mount the hinges inside the window jamb and with a pencil mark the top of the window and chisel out the hinge and recess it the window frame like a door has the hinges recessed you now need to mark with a pencil the inside of the window frame and mark each side of the width of the hinge and then put the hinge and mark the frame with pencil and now chisel out the window frame and take the door hinge pin out and mount that side of the hinge. When your done now the 4 pieces of the hinges are recessed and they are ready for the window to slide in place and lace the hinges together and put the pin in and the window will not go into the frame without popping out as before. Think of a door mounted like the window. You would not mount the door hinges like that you would do it like a door so that's the way to correctly mount the windows with that type of hinge.

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